Kristi “Kriss” Miller-Kruzel

Memorial services for Kristi “Kriss” Miller-Kruzel, 43, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Inurnment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, KS. She passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Kriss was born July 17, 1971 in Enid, OK the daughter of Reverend Donald L. and Dr. Diane L. (Braley) Miller.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

She was an Employment Consultant at Cottonwood, Inc.

She married John David Kruzel August 20, 1994 in Lawrence. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her parents, Don and Diane Miller, Lawrence; one daughter, Moriah Dawn Kruzel, of the home; and one brother, Jeff Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Cancer Research Institute and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

35 Condolences

  1. Alyson and Dennis Wingert on April 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    With deepest sympathy to all of Kriss’s family during this time of loss and sorrow . Heaven gained an Angel .
    With Love Always.
    Dennis and Alyson Wingert .

  2. Jennifer Diedel on April 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

    You will be missed dearly. You were always a wonderful person to talk to. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  3. Julie and Gary Crowe on April 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

    John, Moriah, Pastor Don, and Diane, Our hearts hurt for you all. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and please know if you need anything, just let us know. Praying God surrounds you all with His love and gives you peace. Julie & Gary Crowe

  4. Shelle Arnold on April 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

    My deepest sympathy to Kriss’ family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kriss held a special place in my heart, and in the heart of all my family. She will be remembered for her fighting spirit. Shelle Arnold and family, and her Relay for Life friends.

  5. Julia Rose-Weston on April 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    My dear dear church family. I am deeply saddened by your loss. Know that I continue to pray for each of you, that you find peace, love and comfort. Always thinking of you, Julia, Alex and Evondi.

  6. maggie sieber on April 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    John, I am so sorry to hear about Kristi. I did not know her that well….except through you. May the Lord be with you and Moriah.


  7. Amanda Davis on April 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    So sorry to hear about Kriss’s passing. She was a wonderful supporter of the American Cancer Society and we were proud to have her as a part of Relay For Life of Douglas County. Her Relay friends are thinking of your family and you’re all in our prayers.

  8. Rev. and Mrs. John Fries on April 12, 2015 at 12:49 am

    You are on our hearts and in our prayers, dear friends. We thank God for His victory and celebrate with you Kriss’ new birth into life with Him. We pray for your peace and comfort in God’s Hands.
    What a joy it was years ago to serve on the Education Board at Immanuel with Kriss. Her heart truly was with all of God’s children.

  9. Dwayne and Marion Babb on April 12, 2015 at 1:06 am

    We’re so very sorry for your loss and we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Kriss will be greatly missed.

  10. Shirley Ramos on April 12, 2015 at 1:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kriss was an amazing person. We will miss her tremendously.

  11. daniel davidson on April 12, 2015 at 1:47 am

    John i am sorry that Kristi had to leave you. May you find comfort in knowing she no longer is hurting. May hod lift and hold you up.

  12. Cherrie Preut on April 12, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Pastor Don and Family,
    I want to express how sorry I am for the loss of Kriss. She fought a brave fight! May God give you peace and may the hope of heaven help to heal your hearts!

  13. Jerry and Donna Liss on April 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. We’re so very sorry for your loss and we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Richard Horton on April 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Kris, you’re at rest now. You fought this plague for many years with great courage and faith and heart! I will miss you and look forward to meeting you again. Moriah and John, my boys and I are here for you whenever you need us, you will see her again in Heaven among the angels.

  15. Jeff Bivens on April 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Reverend Don and Diane, John, Moriah and Jeff, words cannot express my heartfelt sorrow except that Kristi truly made the world a better place just by being in it. I know you must be proud of her. She is an angel now in God’s glorious kingdom. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “There are three things that remain-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.”

  16. Marin Massa on April 13, 2015 at 12:36 am

    My deepest sympathy for Kriss’s family.

  17. Nicole Lamer on April 13, 2015 at 1:54 am

    You will be truly missed, Kriss. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. God bless you in this time.

  18. Donald Salsbury on April 13, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I am very sorry to hear of Kriss’ passing. Working with her at Cottonwood, I was able to see how kind, caring, and fun she was. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  19. Keri Rodriquez on April 13, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I feel grateful to have known Kriss. She will definitely be missed. My sincere condolences to her family.

  20. McCandless family on April 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Your family is in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers.

    McCandless Family

  21. Dennis Meier on April 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. Kriss’s determination is an inspiration to all. She certainly will be missed. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you God’s comfort and grace.

    Dennis Meier

  22. Steve DeVillier on April 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Kriss. She showed courage to the very end. I know she will be missed. My sympathy.

  23. Charlie and Laura Adams on April 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    May the peace of the Risen Lord bless you all with strength for the journey and hope in the resurrection. Our deepest sympathy to you. Our prayers coninue with you.

  24. Tonya Janowski on April 13, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Kiss will be missed and will be remembered in my heart. I loved her very much

  25. Wendy Duckworth on April 14, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Sorry to hear of Kristy’s passing. Praying the peace that passes all understanding to the rest of the family. I am also celebrating the fact that she has a new body in Christ Jesus with no more pain or suffering. Looking forward to seeing her there at the throne.

  26. Kerry Lippert And Family on April 14, 2015 at 3:55 am

    John Kruzel and Family we send prayers to you at this time….We are so sorry for your loss…

  27. Lisa Lynn Stratton on April 14, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I just heard about kriss…my heart goes out to you and your family. Praying for you all. Remember that she’s not suffering anymore God bless you and your family

  28. Aurelia Thomas-Ray on April 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the Family of Kriss. Kriss will truely be missed. Kriss was a beautiful soul with a very loving spirit!

    Aurelia Thomas-Ray

  29. Phil Bentzinger on April 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Kriss’ spirit and compassion were evident in her life’s work at Cottonwood, and in her fight for life. She helped a great many people and will be missed.

  30. Shirley Thompson on April 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Kriss, I am going to miss you so much. You were a great job coach that taught me so much about being a great employee! Now you are wiith the Angels in Heaven. Miss You!!

    Shirley Thompson

  31. Marvin and Karen Kohlmeier on April 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Pastor Don and Diane & Kriss’s family,

    May the Lord be with all of you during this time of loss and heart break of your beloved Kriss. We just celebrated the Resurection of our Lord and look forward to the Celeration of Heaven but in the meantime will continue to hold all of you in our daily prayers.

    Marvin and Karen Kohlmeier

  32. jim budde on April 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I will miss Kriss. We often bumpted into one another at Cottonwood. She always had a smile and something nice to say.

    Jane and I watched her wage a valiant fight. She had spunk and toughness seldome found. She carried out her work with great enthusiasm and dedication while she met challenges that most could not. She was most proud of her family. And I know God was always with her.

    We extend our deepest sympathy to John, Moriah, Diane, Don, and Jeff.

    Thank God for blessing us with Kriss. You porvided us with a perfect role model that has touched many of us.


  33. Stephen Williamson, MD on April 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

    To John and family: My deepest sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I truly admired Kriss and the attitude she demonstrated throughout her illness. She will be missed by all of us – especially her smile.

  34. Angela Marie Rose Trybom on May 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Kriss you will be missed!

    Love Angela Trybom

  35. Barbara Messmer on October 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Our caring thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I have special memories of Kristi teaching her piano. I even remembered her the other day because one time she helped me dust my house and when I was dusting thought of her. Fun memory. Our son, Derek, found this for us. Know that many here in Weatherford and the area are praying for you. You touched many lives while living here!!!

    Our sympanthy, Dennis and Barbara Messmer

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