Phyllis Kreye Kennebeck
Phyllis Kreye Kennebeck was born September 9, 1943 in Wabasha, MN to Clem Kreye, Sr., and Leona (Freese) Kreye. She passed at her home in St Paul, MN on October 5, 2020 surrounded by family after a 15-month battle with Leukemia. She was a fun, strong woman full of spunk and a little sass.
She is survived by her children Shelly (Chris) Ford of Brainerd, MN; Ann (Jim) Sylvester of Brownsville, MN; and Mark Kennebeck of St. Paul, MN; her twin sister Carol (Ed) Thornton of Lake City, MN; brother Bruce Kreye of Lakeville, MN; and sister Lucinda (Jon) Peters of Lake City, MN; grandchildren Alexandra, Rachel, Anastacia, Renae, Audrey, Spencer, and Wesley; great-grandson Carter, who shares her birthday and she met hours before her passing; and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Clem Kreye, Jr., and Norman Kreye.
Phyllis grew up in Wabasha, MN. She graduated from St. Felix High School and went on to attend Saint Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. In 1964, she married Lawrence Kennebeck, Jr. They resided in Milwaukee, WI where their first daughter, Shelly, was born. They then moved to Schenectady, NY where their second daughter, Ann, was born. Her passion for politics began here and she became very active in local politics. She also completed a degree in political science from State University of New York at Albany. She also started fostering her artistic talents and began a lifetime of creating and selling artisan crafts. Next, they moved to Ames, IA where their son, Mark, was born. In Ames, she continued her political interests and commitment to women’s rights in organizations such as University Women. Then the family moved to Michigan where, amongst other artistic outlets, she founded and was the artistic director of Wabasha Mercantile, a decorative doll company. She later moved back to her home state to continue her creative entrepreneurship. In her final years, Phyllis was a personal care attendant for a St. Paul residential community serving adults with intellectual, emotional, and physical challenges. She and her son, Mark, lived and worked in this loving, supportive community. She cherished the community and its
Phyllis's immediate family will be holding a private graveside service at St. Felix Cemetery in Wabasha, MN. In lieu of flowers, Phyllis requested that donations be made to: On Our Own and Associates, Inc., 740 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104.