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“I was honored and privileged to be one of the nurses to take care of Pat at Oakmont, I have such fond memories of her and enjoyed talking to her...Read More »
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“I just found out from my brother Paul that Mrs. Krenz had passed away in August. She lived 2 houses from us in St. Annes sub. Her and my mom were...Read More »
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“I never met Patricia personally, but got to know the wonderful lady she was when speaking to her daughter Kim. Such a full-filled life she lived with...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Linda VanConant - Royal Oak, MI

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Patricia Ann Krenz, age 86 of Sterling Heights, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Oakmont Sterling Assisted Living Facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She was born May 9, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Steven and the late Marie (nee: Czadowski) Dodrv.

Patricia's journey began in the northwest side of Chicago with her older brother, Robert and mother, Marie who became widowed when Patricia was three years old. Patricia's strong Catholic upbringing was rooted in her grade school education at Our Lady of Grace, and then further supported by the four years spent attending Notre Dame High School.

Though she had no way of knowing, exactly, how life would pan out as a teenager, it was in those formative years that Patricia met a boy from the neighborhood who would change everything,…the handsome Bill (William A.) Krenz. After a bit of courting and relationship building that ushered them into the realm of "childhood sweetheart's," Bill realized that Patricia was the woman with whom he wanted to make a life and raise a family, so he asked for her hand in marriage and the two became one in 1952 in the eyes of family and friends alike. The newlyweds began their lives together as husband & wife while remaining on Chicago's northwest side, and welcomed their first of six children into the world in 1953 while Bill was serving our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Patricia was known to be strong in her faith and was an active member at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Of the many ways she gave and ministered to her community, one of her most endearing outreaches was establishing the Boy Scout Mothers' Auxiliary. With many young men experiencing the benefits that scouting had to offer, it was Patricia and her fellow auxiliary members who gave of themselves to support the guidance that changed the lives of so many deserving young men.

In 1969, change came calling and found the Krenz family packing their bags and leaving Chicago as they relocated to Michigan for the next chapter in their lives. With five of her six children having been born, it was in 1970 that Patricia & Bill welcomed their sixth, and last, child into the world, the perfect size family to be a part of the ever-expanding city of Warren where they called home.

When Patricia's chores were met and the family's needs were accounted for, you'd often find her out in the garden tending to her precious flowers that always filled her with immense excitement with each Spring season that arrived. With all the tender-loving-care that she poured into her garden, each time they bloomed was a reward beyond expression,…and a thing of beauty for all to behold with the splendor of colors they shared.

Putting her hands to work in a bit different realm, Patricia was renowned for her skills in the kitchen,…specifically those related to baking. Like most women of her era, the kitchen provided the canvas and her baking prowess the brush,…and the end result was always something sweet & tasty. Though her abilities were quite comprehensive, it was her signature cheesecakes and Christmas cookies that wowed the crowd,…and those six anticipatory mouths at home, ready to help Mom by taste-testing her wares. And they were never disappointed!

Yet even more handiwork of Patricia's was seen in the many unique pieces she created using her talents in crocheting. An old world form of artistry that she had mastered became a venue to bless others through her handmade gifts. Patricia was also known for being astute at writing and was quite proficient in the works she produced. She was also an avid reader and loved curling up with a good book to either educate or entertain herself.

After losing the love of her life in 2016, Patricia moved into the Oakmont Sterling Assisted Living facility where she discovered, yet, another purpose in life,…spreading joy to the residents and staff at Oakmont with her warm smiles, and the choir she helped establish with her fellow neighbors.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia touched a multitude of hearts and souls through her compassion and care, and leaves a legacy of love to be embraced with each reflection shared. She gave with the heart of a servant and loved with all she had. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Patricia was the beloved wife of the late William. Dearest mother of William (Bonnie) Krenz, Kevin (Sandy) Krenz, Carolyn (Jimmy) Johnson, Kenneth (Ellen) Krenz, Kim (James) Dobiesz, and Dawn (Thomas) Trotto. Sister of the late Robert Dodrv. Loving grandmother of Lisa (Jeff) Herbert, Kelly Hurley, Dorion Hurley, Steven Krenz, Stephanie Krenz, Timothy (Jamie) Krenz, Jacob Krenz, Stanley Krenz, Amanda Dobiesz, Adam Dobiesz, and great-grandmother of Andrew Krenz, Maria Herbert, Franklin Herbert, Eva Herbert, Caitlyn Fortin, Isaac Hurley Kaiser, Aiden Hurley, Karris Bramblett, Doriono Hurley, Stella Krenz, Rosalie Krenz, Wilhelmina Krenz, and Duke Krenz.

Visitation for Patricia will take place on Friday from 3-9 pm, with a 7:00 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. She will lie in state on Saturday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Anne Catholic Church in Warren. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. (

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