Cynthia Kay (Kriz) Johnson

Johnson, Cindy_ovalMay 15, 1954 ~ November 21, 2015

Cindy K. Johnson, 61, Valley Springs, died Saturday, November 21, 2015, at home, surrounded by her family.

Family Visitation will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a short Prayer Service at 7pm. Funeral Services will be 10:30am, Wednesday, November 25, at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brandon. Interment will follow at Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls.

Cynthia Kay Kriz was born on May 15, 1954 in Tyndall, SD, to Roy Harvey Kriz and Helen Luella (Hahn) Kriz. She entered the Kingdom of God through Holy Baptism on May 30, 1954, at St John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall, SD. She was confirmed at Memorial Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD, on June 9, 1968. Her Confirmation Bible verse was 1 John 2:17, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Cindy attended both Bumbas Elementary and Vellek Elementary in rural Bon Homme County in South Dakota. She attended Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1972. She graduated from Nettleton College, in Sioux Falls, SD.
On April 12, 1980, Cindy was united in marriage to Rick Eugene Johnson at Memorial Lutheran Church, in Sioux Falls, SD. This union was blessed with 4 children; Cody Jerome, Sarah Kay, Tyler Jerome and Alex Jerome.

She worked for over 30 years at Thurman, Comes, Foley & Co. LLP as a book keeper. During her career, she also worked at the Holiday Inn City Centre, an Answering Service, Pollard International and Crystal Ice Concessions.

In her spare time, Cindy enjoyed working with ceramics, bowling, riding horses and fishing. She participated in the Bridles N Britches 4-H club. Cindy joined Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon, SD in November, 1997.

Cindy will be deeply missed by her husband, Rick; three children, Sarah (Jake Wheeler) Johnson, Valley Springs, Tyler and Alex Johnson, Valley Springs; granddaughter, Lexie; parents, Roy and Helen Kriz ,Sioux Falls; two siblings, Roger (Leanne) Kriz, Sioux Falls and Karen (Michael) Beyer, Valley Springs; mother-in-law, Jan Johnson, Garretson; sisters-in-law, Darcia (Dan) Hansen, Jasper, MN, Laurie (Glen) Johnson-Newell, Lincoln, NE, Jodie (Mark Dorn) Ahlers, Luverne, MN, Jennifer (Ron) Rouse, Lincoln, NE, Amie (Randy) Hemmer, Dell Rapids, SD, and many extended family.

She was preceded by her son, Cody Johnson; father-in-law, Donald Johnson; grandparents, Helen and Henry Hahn and Emma and Albert Kriz; aunt and uncle, Ruby and Donald Kriz; and great nephew, Tayden Grohs.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorials be made to any breast cancer research association.

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  • Linda Feist Bierman says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Johnson n Kriz Family

  • Jamie Srubas says:

    Rick, Sarah, Tyler, Alex,
    I will forever cherish the memory of your sweet mother/wife. She was pretty awesome.
    I pray that peace also finds the four of you. I know the struggle has not been an easy one for any of you.
    Take care of each other.
    Love, hugs and happiness,


  • I wish to extend my thoughts and prayers to Cindy’s family


  • Holly Swenson says:

    Dear Darci & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been through a lot in the last couple of years. I pray that you can find some comfort from your faith, family, friends and the many memories you have of your loved ones.
    Bobby & Holly Swenson

  • Walt Pruiksma says:

    Our Christian Condolences to your family on your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Walt Pruiksma and the Stangland Family

  • Janet Drewes says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Cindy passing. I worked with her at Crystal Ice. She will sincerely missed by all who knew this wonderful lady.

  • Sarah Engdahl says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Cindy for 4 years at TCF and during my time spent with her it was clear that she just loved being a Mom. She would light up when sharing stores about each of you! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Connie Anderson says:

    Rick Sarah Tyler Alex Karen Helen and family

    Words can not express how sorry I am for your your loss. Cindy was a special friend and she will be missed by many. May the love of God grant you peace, the love of friends bring you comfort, and the love of your dear one live forever in your hearts.


  • I am sorry for your loss. Cindy was a special friend while we were in College and she stood up with me at my first marriage. I wish we would have gotten togther after, our lives were very busy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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