Andrew “Andy” Kroneberger, 93, of Cold Spring, MN formerly of Spicer, MN died Friday, June 3rd at Assumption Community in Cold Spring. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am, Monday, June 6th at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, rural Spicer with visitation one hour prior to the mass at the church. A rosary will also be said, off to the side, prior to mass about 10:00 am. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in New London. www.hafh.org
Andy was born December 13, 1928, at home in Remsen, IA. His parents were John (Andreas) and Margaret (Stoessel) Bohn, who were Volga German immigrants from Russia. He was the eldest child of John and Margaret. At the age of 16, he bore the responsibility of overseeing the farm after his father died. He graduated from Brewster High School in southern Minnesota in 1946. Andy attended one semester at St. John’s University before he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He served two years stateside at Fort Leonard Wood MO, as a supply sergeant before his honorable discharge.
On March 27, 1951, he was united in marriage to Joyce Kluever. They lived and farmed near Windom, MN until 1956 when they moved to Oxnard, CA, where they resided for 20 years, raising their five children. For over 30 years, he was an agent for New York Life Insurance Company. In 1975 they purchased Indian Beach Resort on Green Lake, in Spicer, MN which their family owned and operated until 2002. During this time, Andy had served one year as President of the Minnesota Resort Association and was honored with the “Resorter of the Year,” in 1992. For many years, Andy and Joyce spent winters in Florence, AZ. In 2019 they moved to Assumption Community Assisted Living in Cold Spring.
During his life, Andy was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He was honored to have served as Grand Knight of Council #750 in Oxnard when their council was rated #1 in California. While living in California, he volunteered as an auctioneer for events for the local police and catholic schools. In Spicer, he was active in Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Parish, serving on the building committee for the current church and instrumental in the cemetery upgrades. He was also active with the church's Knights of Columbus Council #13529 and promoting of pro-life issues.
Andy was a dedicated person in whatever endeavor he set his mind too. In 2004 Andy authored, compiled and published a history and genealogy book of his family including the emigration of his Volga German ancestors. In 2015 he honored his father with a book entitled, “A Man Called Andreas.” This book depicted the many struggles of his father to get as many relatives from Russia to America. Andy's hobbies included oil painting of landscapes, playing cards, especially bridge, and playing harmonica and button accordion for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joyce; children: Dennis (Rachel) Kroneberger of Oak Harbor, WA; Debra (Lee) Rensberger of Big Lake, MN; David Kroneberger of Lake Linden, MI; Donan Kroneberger of Spicer, MN; and Diane (Frank) Schram of La Verne, CA; 11 grandchildren: Andrew, Kristin, Taylor, Jessica, Jaynee, John, Rachel, Sarah, Matthew, Nicholas, Natalie and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, and all of his siblings: Johnny, Michael, Barbara, Joseph, and his half-brothers: Monty (Emmanuel) Kroneberger, Thomas Bohn and Edward Bohn.
Memorials may be sent to: Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (mccl.org)