Anne Krapu
1987 - 2018
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Anne Thieu Yen (meaning "little swallow") Krapu was born on January 9, 1987 at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo North Dakota and died in Ithaca, New York on January 21, 2018 She is survived by her parents, Gary Krapu and Madeline Luke, Valley City, ND; 3 siblings Jeff Krapu and Amy Dockter, Fargo, ND, and Christopher Krapu, Durham, North Carolina; two grandparents DeLoris Krapu, Valley City, ND and Anna Luke of Lincoln, RI; and 3 nephews and 2 nieces. Anne spent her early life in Valley City where she attended grade school at Jefferson Elementary and attended Shanley High School in Fargo, ND, graduating in 2005. She excelled at debate and speech in the categories of impromptu and extemporaneous speaking and Lincoln Douglas debate, winning numerous awards including a state championship and she represented North Dakota multiple times in the National Forensics League tournament. She received the prestigious US Senate Youth Program Scholarship and the Laura Christianson Espejo Social Justice Award in 2004. She was particularly proud of her cheerleading trophy from Shanley. At Shanley, she founded the first chapter of Amnesty International in North Dakota. After high school she attended Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island where she received her BA in political science with an emphasis on global security and international relations. In addition to her time at Brown, she studied at the London School of Economics summer program in Trade, Development and Environment and studied Spanish in Salamanca, Spain. During a semester at University of Alaska at Fairbanks, she took part in a winter survival course and tried cross country skiing for the first time.
Anne first became involved in North Dakota politics at age 15, serving as volunteer, then campaign manager or finance director for Joe Satrom' s run for governor in 2004, Tracy Potter's 2010 gubernatorial campaign and Brad Crabtree's campaign for Public Service Commissioner in 2012. She also worked on the 2016 Indiana Senate race, and a primary campaign for governor in Maryland in 2017. At the time of her death she was the finance director for the Tracy Mitrano primary campaign for the U.S. House in New York State District 23.
When not working on political campaigns she spent a major part of her time overseas teaching English and other subjects in Kosovo, western Siberia, Azerbaijan, Dubai, Mongolia, China, Brazil and East Timor. She was extremely adept at navigating rough and undeveloped countries on her own and was comfortable with teaching in remote areas of the world but also among the bright lights and wealth of Dubai. She showed special concern for students who needed extra help and understanding, using her own network of friends to help if needed. By the time of her death she had visited 51 countries, a remarkable feat for anyone, but especially a 31 year old woman. Anne was also a talented writer and had published pieces in the Valley City Times-Record and the High Plains Reader among other media.
Anne's untimely death based on information available was accidental and likely caused by interaction of prescribed medications. Following years of intermittent mental health issues, she was finally correctly diagnosed at Menninger Clinic with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Psychiatrists at the Clinic were amazed that she had been able to survive and accomplish what she had, attributing her survival to her exceptional intelligence and persistence. Nevertheless, her instability prevented her from finding the long term community and marriage which she so wanted. Over the last year with proper medication from Menninger, regular counseling as well as family education, her future seemed brighter.
Annie was torn between a life of relatively low stress overseas and her desire to be involved in positive change through the political process. She had no tolerance for unfairness and dishonesty in the public sector and frequently spoke out against these injustices. Recognizing the toll political work took on her life, finally, she had told her parents in recent weeks that the current campaign would be her last. At the time of her death, she was working with a team of interesting, engaged, competent women whose company she enjoyed and was living in the home of congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano. Anne enjoyed sharing the wisdom gained from all her years of working on campaigns and was excited to make a contribution towards this one.
We saw many positive changes recently as Anne began to regain the confidence that she had all but lost from years of struggle. She had just finished repayment of sizable debts accumulated during her struggles with her illness and she was free of the tremendous mood swings which previously cast a dark cloud over her life. Remarkably, she had completed about three-quarters of the coursework required for a Master's degree in International Relations at Harvard during the years she was struggling with BPD and was now only months away from completing her degree on Harvard's campus. After completing her degree she planned to return to Dubai, a place she loved. Anne was always a hard worker and high achiever despite a lifetime of struggle with her illness. When in North Dakota, she would often accompany her father to the family farm in Dickey County, ND where she sprayed weeds, and helped keep up the farmstead.
Her parents and siblings were highly optimistic for her and had just enjoyed a Christmas holiday with her extended Luke family in Rhode Island. Annie had always been a strong advocate for women's' rights and participated in the Women's March in Ithaca on January 20th. After the march, she bought a Sunday New York Times to read when she returned home, paid several bills on her computer, and in the evening went to bed after taking her prescribed medications. She then fell asleep, never to awaken. On Sunday afternoon after Anne did not come down for lunch or for a planned party in the evening, she was found peacefully sleeping, curled around her stuffed "Bear", her constant and stalwart companion through all her journeys. Bear will now reside with her parents. Annie's parents, siblings and friends will deeply miss her wit, knowledge, zest for life, and her weekly calls from around the world letting us know that she was doing okay. Annie packed more into her 31 years than most of us do in a lifetime, possibly sensing from a young age that her days on this earth were numbered. We are eternally grateful to those who showed kindness and understanding for her frailties as she struggled with her BPD and PTSD most of her life. We hope that those people who took advantage of Anne in her difficulties, inflicted trauma upon her and caused her PTSD will take responsibility for what they have done.
Annie, it is reassuring to know you have reached a place where the demons that plagued most of your life are gone but we are also deeply saddened you are not with us here. Still, amidst the sadness of your passing we are very grateful for the sparkle you brought to our lives. You will be in our thoughts daily for the rest of our lives.
A celebration of Anne's life will be held at the Vangstad Auditorium on the campus of Valley City State University at 11:00 AM, Saturday, 3 February, 2018. Her ashes will be interred in Rhode Island in the spring. Her family requests no flowers. They will be setting up a fund for projects that address mental health problems.
Lerud-Schuldt-Mathias Funeral Home of Valley City is assisting Anne's family with arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.lerudschuldt.com

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Published in Valley City Times-Record from Jan. 25 to Feb. 10, 2018.
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September 29, 2018
Gary and Madeline and the High Plains Reader are pleased to announce the formation of the Anne Krapu-HPR Journalism Scholarship. Anne began writing for the High Plains Reader, the only alternative newspaper in North Dakota, as a high school student.
The goal is to support through mentoring and small grants 1-2 young ND writers annually who wish to become journalists.

For more information, write to annekrapuscholarship@hpr1.com.

To make a tax deductible donation, go to FM Community Foundation webpage, click donate, then Anne Krapu -HPR Scholarship.

Now, more than ever, strong, brave, truthful voices are needed since
Annie's is now still.
Madeline Luke
September 29, 2018
A celebration of Annie's life will be held at Highland Memorial Park, 1 Rhode Island Avenue, Johnston,RI on Saturday November 3 at 11 AM All friends and family invited to share in laughter and tears..
Madeline Luke
June 13, 2018
My sincerest condolences to Anne's loved ones. I worked with her in Siberia. I found her fun, caring and a very good teacher. We became friends fairly quickly. I last chatted with her in January a couple of weeks before her passing. It was a great talk. The world is a smaller place.
March 21, 2018
P.S., I forgot to say I will dedicate a small portion of the "Joe Klunder Education Challenge" on JoeKlunder.org to you. We both taught English and ESL, knew and worked with some of the same people, and shared many of the ideals to change the world.
Joe Klunder
Classmate
March 21, 2018
You always had such exceptional wit, and a great sense of humor. Happy to always remember you.
Joe Klunder
Classmate
February 28, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
February 27, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family may you find comfort in the God of all comfort during this difficult time.
February 12, 2018
During this difficult time please gain comfort knowing you can throw all your burdens on God and he will sustain you. Psalms 55:23.
February 8, 2018
We are wishing Annie peace and hope she feels the love of so many. Madeline, Gary and family, you are in our hearts and we are hugging you.
Lela Ng Vasile and Family
February 3, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Anne. Words fail at a time like this. Please know that I'm thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Kathy Hill
February 1, 2018
Annie working on Joe Satrom's campaign
Gary Krapu
Father
February 1, 2018
Gary Krapu
Father
February 1, 2018
So very sorry to read of the passing of your dear Anne. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May GOD heal all your broken hearts. Ps. 147:3.

CP, La.
February 1, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Gary Lingle
February 1, 2018
Dear Gary and Madeline, Please know that my thoughts are with you in this impossible time. I hope that when you walk across the prairie hills you love and stand near a favorite wetland, so full of life even in the depths of winter, that you will feel her by your side. May her memory live on in the beauty of the world around you.

Jan Eldridge
Friend
February 1, 2018
I am so sorry to read of the loss of your loved one, especially someone so young. It makes the grief even harder to bear. I hope that the words of Jesus at John 11:39-44 gives your family peace and hope at this difficult time.
M Wilson
January 31, 2018
Madeline & Gary,
We are sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, Anne. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God give you the strength to get through this time of sorrow. We will keep you in our prayers. Thinking of you.
Love, Al & Judy
Al & Judy Doo
January 30, 2018
Our children are our lights...I am heartbroken for your family and send my deepest condolences to you all <3
Beth Lampron
January 30, 2018
Gary, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I can't imagine losing a child. My thoughts and prayers to all your family.
Kay Glynn
January 30, 2018
I was so heartbroken to hear of Anne's passing. No one knows the struggles of another person, it's too bad we can't treat everyone with that thought in mind. I know Anne's family did and Anne felt it. She truly was an amazing person who followed her heart in all she did. I send my love and strength to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Julee Huseby
January 30, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your daughter Anne. We will pray for your family during this difficult time and ask God to give you and your family comfort, strength, and peace.
Deb and Tom Buhl
January 29, 2018
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. Psalms 116:15.
January 29, 2018
Oh Madeline and Gary, we have no words to help the pain, but we send our love to both of you and your family. We only saw Anne as a child, but followed her around the world through visits with you and heard about all her experiences. What a large legacy she leaves for someone so young.
Bonnie and Richard Nyman
January 29, 2018
Although I only got to meet her a few times, I remember Annie well as a sweet sweet girl. Reading about her life, I so glad that she was placed on this earth to accomplish so much and make an impact on so many. My heart goes out to all of you. Cousin Lorraine Ng
January 29, 2018
Gary and Madeline: No words can express how sorry we were to hear about Annes passing. We met Anne many years ago in the library at Northern Prairie, when she came to work with her dad. She was a wonderful and talented soul and the world has lost a shining star. Our hearts are with you and your family during this sad time. ~Amy and Larry
Amy and Larry Igl
January 28, 2018
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the unexpected death of Ms. Anne Krapu. May you have a measure of understanding this loss from God's word found at Ecclesiastes 9:11,12. I now she will be sorely missed by many.
January 28, 2018
"We hope that those people who took advantage of Anne in her difficulties, inflicted trauma upon her and caused her PTSD will take responsibility for what they have done."
Well said.
January 28, 2018
Dear Gary, Madeline, Chris, Jeff, DeLoris and family, Im and my daughter Nadya deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Its terrible to lose a child, sister and granddaughter... May our condolences bring you consolation and peace during this painful time.I know that Annie was a unique person, and I was always amazed at her persistence and intellect as far as she is a talented person since her early childhood. You told me a lot about her achievements, how she travels and does a lot for the prosperity of her people and the community in which she lives. Im sure that Annie was a wonderful person and was cherished by everyone who knew her. May she rest in peace...Hugs and prayers...
Inga and Nadya Bysykatova
January 27, 2018
Madeline, Gary and Chris, Amy and Jeff. We will never forget Annie - She was an incredible person - so strong, creative, brilliant, opinionated- and with a big heart. We are so sorry that her time came too soon for her to fulfill her full potential. Please take comfort in knowing that she was a global citizen and so many of the people she taught and touched in this country and around the world will miss her dearly. Now she joins her beloved grandpa "goong goong" . May she rest in peace.

Aunt Mary
Mary Luke
Family
January 27, 2018
Annie was so smart, so cute and such a creative child. She was the apple of her grandpa "goong goong's" life. Now she will join him.
Mary Luke
January 27, 2018
We were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your daughter. We want you to know that we share in your grief and hope that good memories of the past will help diminish the sadness you now feel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Alan, Mary, and Glen Sargeant
January 27, 2018
young Luke family-annie is the little one
Elizabeth Gagner
January 27, 2018
Madeline, Gary, Chris, Amy and Jeff, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Annie's passing. Ever since I heard I have been sending all the strength and love I have to share to you. There was never a dull moment when spending time with Annie, which turns out is a great gift. I have so many memories of unforgettable times spent with her and I am sure you do as well. Annie touched so many people during her life. I take some comfort in knowing that her memory will live and inspire hundreds of people from all around the world for decades to come. You will be in my thoughts.
Ashley Ladbury Hrichena
January 27, 2018
Gary, Dr. Luke and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Annie's passing. The world has suffered a great loss but nothing compared to yours. I wish I had the right words to help ease your pain. I was and will always be in awe of her talents, ethics and compassion to change the world for the better. She made a positive difference in so many lives, especially my mother's. I am so grateful for the joy and purpose she brought to my mother. The world was so lucky that she was born. She left footprints.
Vicki Johansen
January 27, 2018
Madeline and family, I am sending you all the love I can muster...
Pamela Moeller
January 27, 2018
Our conversation last fall made me feel assured of your path and that we would definitely meet up on a Greek Island - or two - in the near future. But you took the path of a meteor shower so I will look for you in the heavens, Anne. Will be thinking of you and your family as your passing from this earth is greatly and so sadly mourned. God speed.
Judy Cooper
Teacher
January 27, 2018
Condolences to the family ... may God's arms comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Lisa (Webster-Ott) Jones
Lisa Jones
January 27, 2018
My heart breaks for Anne's family. Such a loss of a beautiful, talented and intelligent young lady whose life held so much promise. May you find comfort in knowing that she accomplished more in her young life than some do in a lifetime. Be comforted in the good and happy memories and how much she enriched your lives. My prayers are with you during this extremely sad and difficult time.
Meryem Bentz
January 27, 2018
Dave Choate
Friend
January 27, 2018
Gary and Madeline,

We are so sorry and saddened to learn of the loss of your beautiful daughter. The heavy grief you have to bear is unimaginable. May the memory of her irrepressible energy and positive works shine a light on your darkness and bring you some measure of peace. We are thinking of you every day.

Jill and Terry Shaffer
January 27, 2018
I'm so saddened to hear this, I remember when Annie would come to the clinic on rare occasions with Dr. Luke when she was just a little girl. I worked with Dr Luke while I was employed at the Valley City Clinic in the early 90's. My condolences to the family and may they find peace and comfort as they grieve knowing she's at peace.
Renee Chesley
January 27, 2018
To the Krapus,
I'm sorry for what you guys are going through. Most of my memories of you guys are with Jeff and Gary and involve hunting. I do remember meeting Annie for the first time when she was roughly 7. Jeff and I were swinging through on our way to the farm. Christopher and Annie were excited and rambunctious when we arrived. She was all smiles and full of questions.
Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Dave Choate
January 27, 2018
Tears...for all she struggled with and went through on her journey... for all she wanted to do, experience, and make an impact in, but wasn't able...and for you her family, who knows more than we, the beauty that has left us.
Shawn Grim
January 26, 2018
Riss Meyer
January 26, 2018
Gary and Madeline, I am so very sorry to hear the news of Anne's passing. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child, especially with all she was able to accomplish in her short lifetime. I offer my prayers for you to at some point to find some comfort. Bonnie Gassmann
Bonnie Gassmann
January 26, 2018
Jeff, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you sister. I hope that all the smiles you shared with her will help you get thru the difficult times that are ahead of you. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jessica
Jessica Landsverk
January 26, 2018
Jessica Landsverk
January 26, 2018
We are so sad upon hearing of Annes sudden and unexpected death. Lots of prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Jim & Pat Egeberg
Pat Egeberg
Acquaintance
January 26, 2018
Gary and Madeline, we are so terribly sorry for your loss of this amazing woman. Her life story is truly remarkable making her loss so deeply tragic. Our hearts are with you and your extended family.
Jan and Glenn Keough/Guntenspergen
Friend
January 26, 2018
Annie remember your first taste of chocolate mousse ? Is that what heaven is like?
Miss you. Aunt Elizabeth
eliz gagner
January 26, 2018
Madeline, Gary and Family,
We were so shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of Anne. We had always considered her to be an extended family member after she lived with us her first semester at Shanley High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and you.
Tim & Carol Cruff
January 26, 2018
We are so sorry to read of Anne's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dan & Katherine McRoberts
Dan/Katherine McRoberts
January 26, 2018
My heart and condolences go out to Anne's family and close friends. Anne and I worked together on Tracy Potter's campaign for the US Senate. She was an especially talented videographer and producer of Tracy's ads. She was smart and funny and fun to be with. She was passionate in pursuit of social justice and political policies in support of those in need. I've enjoyed staying in touch with Anne via Facebook and email in the years since we worked together and proud to call Anne a friend. I am sad to receive this news but grateful for the loving tribute of this obituary.
Alice Olson
January 26, 2018
We are thinking of you and sending love....
Matt, Donna, Grace, Sophia
Matt Gagner
January 26, 2018
This is the finest example of a life well-lived. As parents, siblings, and family, you gave her all the tools she needed to take life to the fullest, you can be so proud of all you accomplished together, as she didnt do this alone. The world is a lesser place without her great work. I am so sorry for your grief and loss, I wish you all peace and that you feel her love with you always.
Christi Kracht Enzminger
January 26, 2018
Gary and Madeline, I am so saddened to hear the news of Anne's passing. May your fondest memories of her support you in this difficult time.
Bill Jahn
January 26, 2018
To Anne's Family:
Thank you for this beautifully written obituary.
I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. Her death came as a total shock to me as our conversations over the past year were centered around her recovery. I'm completely devastated and heartbroken. I'll miss her passion, wit, adventures - she lived a wild life, but I think we could all take some notes from Anne to live a full life.
Please know that you're all in my thoughts. Give Bear a hug from me!
Rest easy, Anne. You're already greatly missed.
Natalie Wolff
January 26, 2018
Gary and Madeline, words totally fail me. I add my sorrow to yours, and also my optimism to yours, and hers. Anne was a delight and her light still shines.
Carla Kelly
January 26, 2018
My heart aches for your loss of Anne. We all will miss the energy of a beautiful and creative young woman!
Linda Whitney
January 26, 2018
Such a tragic loss of accomplishment, brilliance and goodness, Annie will be missed by the many whose lives she touched. I will always think of hers as the sweet young art student who came to my studio for a time. She was inventive, witty and fun to be around. She grew up to be a beautiful, committed woman who made a difference in her short life. With sadness, my condolences to her family.
Sue Morrissey
January 25, 2018
I am deeply saddened with this news of Anne's passing. We worked together at Hobby School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She was kind, caring, thoughtful and was a good listener. My condolences to the family.
Cheryl Rosenkerr
January 25, 2018
Our hearts are so saddened and yet inspired by the life of this extremely bright and ambitious young woman. Know that we are thinking of all of you at this time. Lynn and Guy
Lynn Hill
January 25, 2018
Such talent, intelligence, and perseverance in one so young. I am so sorry for your family's loss.
Karen Heath Phylow
January 25, 2018
My deepest and most sincere condolences to Amy and her family. I cannot imagine your pain. Please know that you are all in my prayers tonight and shall remain there for some time. All my love from New Mexico.
David Valenzuela
January 25, 2018
Gary and Madeline. Thank you for raising such an amazing woman who clearly had a positive effect on the world in such a short period of time. What an inspiration her life accomplishments are. We sincerely hold you in our thoughts from afar and are deeply sorry for the loss of your child. -Colin & Alisa
Alisa Bartos
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