Christopher Charles Kriesel, the son of Douglas and Patricia (Chambers) Kriesel, passed away at home in Northfield on April 1, 2013. Chris was born on October 21, 1970 in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in Lake Forest, Illinois and received a B.S. degree in International Business Administration from Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut.
After graduation, Chris was employed as manager of customer service at the Hirschorn Company, New Haven, CT. After moving to Minnesota, he was a reserve teacher in the Faribault and Minneapolis school systems. He also was a computer applications teacher in the Minneapolis schools. He loved teaching and was proud of the fact that a number of his students told him that they liked him and his teaching methods.
Chris enjoyed sports and played baseball, tennis, and soccer as a youth and golf in more recent years. His recent interest was in computer science and he was in the process of developing expertise in networking technology. He was a vibrant and fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed being with people of all ages and tried to make them feel comfortable in his presence.
Chris is survived by his parents, his brother, Dr. John Kriesel, Salt Lake City, his sister, Ronna (Patrick) O’Toole, Aalesund, Norway, nieces Hannah Kriesel and Quintessa O’Toole, nephews Davis Kriesel, George Kriesel , and Liam O’Toole. He is also survived by his uncles Marshall (Valerie) Kriesel, Dean (Nancy) Kriesel, Dale (Janet) Kriesel, and his aunt Virginia (Norman) Sherman, and many cousins.
A celebration of his life will take place at First United Church of Christ, Northfield, MN, on Saturday, April 13, 2013 with a visitation at 10 a.m. and a memorial service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Havana township cemetery near Owatonna, MN. The family would prefer to have any memorial contributions made to First United Church of Christ or to Fairview Hospital Recovery Services.