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Kristine Lynn Heeren


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Kristine Lynn Heeren

Kristine Lynn Heeren went to her heavenly home on January 13, 2017 at the age of 54. In November of 2013, Kris was diagnosed with colon cancer. She valiantly lived the following three years after multiple treatments and surgeries. In December 2016 she moved into the Avera Dougherty Hospice House.

Kris was born May 23, 1962 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Judith (Stewart) Berndt and Herbert Berndt. Growing up, her time was spent in Rochester, New York with her older twin siblings, Julie and Jeff.

In 1983, following graduation from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, she spent a year traveling throughout the US and Canada with the NAB New Day Ministry where she met her future husband. This led her to South Dakota where she taught for two years as a sixth grade teacher at Dell Rapids Elementary School.

In 1986, is she began her Master's degree in Christian Education at Sioux Falls Seminary.

Kris and Clayton were married on August 20, 1988 at Trinity Baptist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1989 they welcomed their first child, Chelsea, followed by Micah in 1991 and their "bonus" child, Savannah in 2000.

Kris' ministry included serving in a variety of roles at Central Baptist Church, VantagePoint3 and Good News Church. At the heart of Kris' ministry was discipleship, teaching and mentoring. Her favorite part was helping people discover how God could work in their lives and challenging them to serve him in their own unique way.

Kris was preceded in death by her mother, Judith in 1969 and her father, Herbert in 2016. She is survived by her husband Clayton, daughter Chelsea Redinger (Michael), son Micah (Anna Bartscher) and daughter Savannah; one granddaughter Ellis Heeren; brother Jeff Berndt and sister Julie Berndt; several extended family members, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7:00 PM at Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, January 17. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM and dinner will be served from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. A time of fellowship and dessert will follow the Celebration of Life Service. A private interment will be held at Chancellor Baptist Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Good News Church Journey Scholarship Fund.
Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 16, 2017
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