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In Memory of Todd Kranz

Todd Russell Kranz, age 58 of Hudson died peacefully February 21, 2021 at Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale where he was given dignity and compassion over the last days of his life. Todd was born on March 17, 1962 in Mankato, MN; the son of James and Rosemarie (Loe) Kranz. He was raised in Mankato where he attended Mankato West High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the armed forces where he proudly served in the United States Army. Todd was a gracious, kind, and generous to those surrounding him.  To his family, he loved unconditionally. On July 7, 2017, he would be united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Kriesel Kranz in Stillwater. They made Hudson, Wisconsin their home. Sadly, seven months after being married, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Although he was given a terminal disease, he didn’t let that stop him from appreciating the beauty around him. He enjoyed his morning coffee and watching the eagles soar through the skies. Todd was free spirited and enjoyed his travels to Texas and Florida earlier in life. If you knew Todd, you quickly came to realize his passion for jewelry. He had a keen eye for treasures and trinkets others may jettison. He loved traveling to antique shows or flea markets for rare finds. He was well known in the industry as having the Cadillac standard when it came to jewelry taste.

Todd will remain in the hearts of his wife,  best friend, and soulmate Kathleen; children Ann Kranz Fromholz and Alex Kranz; mother Rosemarie Churchill, as well as many other relatives and friends.

 A Memorial service for Todd Kranz will be 4pm, Wednesday, February 24th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home. This celebration will be live streamed, click here to watch. Memorial are preferred to the discretion of the family and may be directed to O’Connell Family Funeral Home 520 So. 11th Street, Hudson, WI 54016

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    • Last days with my father I’m grateful to be there when he took his last breath and not gone because of the bad choices I’ve made and all the broken promises to do better me and him have always been side by side and it was hard giving him space when released from prison but I didn’t want to ruin the happiness and success he made for himself with his new wife cuz he has always givin me all his attention trying to make up for not finding my sister till she found him and his misplaced relationship with his own father and it made me self sabotage with relationships and family and friends and work careers because I couldn’t talk bout feelings a healthy way and isolate from him and everyone and blame them for my problems. I’ve started putting in the work lately to keep the promise to do better I’ve been going to treatment and keeping appointments communicating with others and trying to talk n walk not so aggressively and unapproachable and be more understanding and willing to accept life…. I’m learning that I do have people that care n love me and I just need to slow down and be present to notice….. spending last week everyday with dad I barely slept but I was there with him and seen he really had people who loved him also…. we always hung out late at night thinking we had nobody that actually cared.. we were both so wrong dad and ima make you and grandpa proud by changing the toxic cycle of self doubt and regret I be a strong loyal present father n man for my family I know you’ll be watching and ready to tell me slow down sh#thead!!!!! Your grand daughters allara and lylla love you so much and your grandson Noah is making sure I’m ok and he loves you! We all love you old man hopefully now you can truly see that and are free from pain n that doubt you carried for so long! I’ll keep your energy in my soul forever I got this dad I give you my oath! I LOVE YA!

    • My dear brother, I will always cherish the love you had for your family. Joe, mom & I will always have all the wonderful years of memories in our hearts. I’m so thankful for our last conversation before you were in hospice. I will remember what you told me & I will always be your sissy. Thank you for watching over me when we were younger. Todd I love you & miss you to the moon n back. I know you are at peace & with your dad. I am so blessed to have you as my brother, we had a lot of good times. Love you always, your Sissy 💙💖

    • Todd was a wonderful man, and had a smile that could light up the room. I remember Todd when I was real young. Todd always was friendly, and never let anything get to him. He will be missed by Dennis, and I. We love you Todd.

      Dennis&Lisa Hoffman

    • Thank you Todd for treating me like your own daughter and for being a silly grandpa to Oscar. Thank you for being like a father to me. You always looked out for us like we were your own. You will be missed dearly by me, Andy and Ozzy. We love you to the ends of the earth. Rest well Papa Toad. We will see you again on the other side of the rainbow bridge.