Kristen Kae Walz-Brink

September 1, 1968 ~ March 14, 2014


Kristen (Krissy) Kae Walz-Brink, 45, Parkston, SD, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice Home, in Sioux Falls, with her husband, Tony, by her side.

A Memorial service will be 10:00AM, Friday, March 21, 2014, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Dimock, SD, with Fr. Christensen officiating. A visitation and fellowship will take place at the Parish Hall (across the street) on Thursday evening, March 20, from 7–10 PM.

Kristen Kae Walz was born September 1, 1968, to Allen and Joyce (Ritter) Walz, in Aberdeen, SD and was raised and educated in Dimock. Krissy was married to the love of her life, Tony Brink, on August 26, 2006. The couple resided in Parkston.

Krissy had a servant’s heart and worked throughout her professional life in the medical field helping others. She worked feverishly every year, to bring awareness and raise funds for any cause that she was passionate about. She also had a large love for all animals; especially her dogs. Her “fur” babies, Alexa, Maali, Bogie and Sasha had her heart. She also loved to work with horses in her early teens. Krissy’s dream was to someday have a few of her own. Krissy was a gifted poet and had a deep passion for gardening and landscaping. You can see the beauty she created whenever you drove past her home.

Krissy is survived by her husband, Tony; one sister, Patrese (Ryan) Waterfall, Milbank, SD, one brother, Patrick (Kristy) Walz, Holmen, WI; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Krissy was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Joyce (Ritter) Walz.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the ASPCA in Krissy’s name.

The family would like to thank everyone that helped Krissy through her many health struggles over the years. “No words can express how grateful we are to the health services, Avera McKennan and the Dougherty House that showed so much love and compassion to Krissy and all of her family in her last days.”

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    Tony: I am in total shock with the loss of your beautiful wife. If there is anything that I can say or do for you please do not hesitate to call me. I am always available.

  • Russel & Gale Kurtenbach says:

    Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. She was a very passionate person. May she rest in peace.

  • John Hilton says:

    Tony & family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers, so sorry to hear of your loss! God bless!!

  • Kevin Koker says:

    I will be praying for the Walz family and the Brink family in this difficult time of loss. I went to high school with Tony, so I wanted to let him know that I will be praying for the peace of God to be close to both families.

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4

  • Merrillee (Gukeisen) Osterloo says:

    So very sorry to hear of Kris’ passing. In school, she was always a good listener and able to dispense good advice well beyond her years.

  • Grant & Lauri Kruse says:

    I would like to express our heartfelt sympathy and sadness in this time of passing of Krissy to her brother Pat and sister Patrese and her loving husband Tony Brink. To all of the close relatives and friends she has,our sympathy to all of you as well. Although it has been 23 years since I last seen Krissy. I was her cousin and also know Tony from high school. God bless!

  • linda kruse cooper says:

    krissy when a yr old , trying to learn to walk, walked like a ballerina, her toes pointed so delicately, bouncing…..I had a great day with her here in mpls. in the late 90s, it was so much fun she even remarked to her cousin Debbie about it, my heart goes out to her family and extended family. In genesis it says that God made all creeping animals, saw that it was good and blessed them. I know that He blessed her by welcoming her into His kingdom, heaven, as she took care and loved His creatures so much. Her mother was my very close cousin, I grew up with her taking care of me and just alot of memories. I miss her, Joyce, and also miss Krissy as I write, even though I did not see her often. She was a part of my family. I loved her as when a toddler I saw her alot in Mitchell. They lived across the street. I think she was and is a hero.

  • linda kruse cooper says:

    my heartfelt sympathy goes out for Krissy’s family and friends. I knew her well when she was a baby and toddler. We had a great time once here in Mpls. in the late 90s..she loved animals , she had insight that God’s world included them too, as He blessed them in Genesis.I remember, she walked like a little ballerina at one year old, now she is really dancing.

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