Krystal Ellen LAREESE-GAUL

Krystal Ellen LaReese-Gaule

SPRINGFIELD - Krystal Ellen LaReese-Gaule of Springfield, IL, 53, entered into eternal peace on March 16, 2013, at her home following a brief battle with lung cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Krystal was born April 23, 1959, in Pontiac, MI, the daughter of James LaReese and Barbara Greer. She attended school in Greenview, IL, graduating in 1977. Krystal married her best friend and soul mate, Michael Gaule, on November 27, 2003, in a sunset ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Following a career in concessions management with GKC Theatres, Krystal joined Kernel Season's popcorn seasoning as its National Sales Manager in 2005. She was an active member of the National Association of Concessionaires and previously held positions on their board. Krystal loved her work and it showed. Known for her warmth, contagious smile and outgoing personality, she was a natural salesperson and quickly made a name for herself in the concession and movie theatre industries. She acquired more than customers and business associates - she made true friends of all those she came in contact with throughout the US and abroad

Krystal enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, traveling, golfing, reading, playing games, swimming and entertaining. Family and friends were always welcomed at her home and, in warmer weather, to her backyard oasis, also referred to as her "Paradise."

In addition to her husband and parents, Krystal is survived by two sons: Joshua Renken of Mason City, IL, and Jesse Renken of Carmel, IN; one daughter, Samantha (John) Jones of Springfield, IL; two grandsons, Keith Renken and Cameron Jones; sisters: Kasey (Rick) Reim of Springfield, IL, Lacey (Michael) Johnston of Oklahoma City, OK, Nikki (Ralph) Starr of Dallas, TX, Ronni LaRees of Seatle, WA, and Tonya (Adrian) Aragon of Dallas, TX; brother, Rod LaReese of Pontiac, Ml; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kraig Haimbaugh, and grandparents.

Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home in Springfield is serving the family. Visit our online obituaries at ellingerkunzfuneral/

Published by The State Journal-Register on Mar. 18, 2013.
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My prayers are with the family amd friends of krystal in this time of sorrow. She was a lovely ray of sunshine and will be deeply missed. Cindy lareese okc cousin
cindy lareese
March 24, 2013
Krystal was the embodiment of beauty, kindness, and heart! She is with her Heavenly Father now and may he comfort all who love and miss her! Her Father, James LaReese is a blessing in my life and I hope to be one in his! Love from, cousin- Toni
Toni LaReese
March 24, 2013
Mike we were so sorry to hear about your lose. We thought the world of Krystal. Neil Hervey & Judy Wolf
March 21, 2013
Krystal was such a warm and happy person-so full of life. She will be missed
Connie Leamon-Hall
March 21, 2013
On behalf of all Krystal's friends at Harlan Fairbanks, we would like to offer our deepest sympathies. Krystal will be remembered for her brilliant smile and always-positive attitude.
Mickey Pendergast
March 20, 2013
Mike, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.
Kevin & Susan Dodd
March 20, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with Krystal's family. May God's light shine through during such a difficult time as this.
Tammi Tuxhorn
March 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending love and light. Wish I could be there...xoxo
Ronni LaRees
March 20, 2013
Mike and Family,
So sorry to hear about Krystal. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandy VanderMeersch
March 19, 2013
Michael and family,
Though Krystal is gone from this earth, she will live on forever in our hearts, until we meet again. I feel so blessed to have known her. She will be greatly missed. Please know I will be keeping you and all of her family in my prayers.
Pat Kmett
March 19, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Krystal's passing. I would see her at drive-in theatre meetings and she was both friendly and professional. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.
Justin West
March 18, 2013
Dear Barbara and Family,
So very saddened to hear of your daughter Krystal's passing. You all are in our prayers and remember that someday you will be reunited with her with no more pain, no suffering! We are so sorry for your loss!
God bless you all!
Dave and Pat Strong
March 18, 2013
Krystal my dear friend I am so sad and sorry that I lost contact with you over the years especially after you got married to your soul mate you so deserved the happiness you found I will always remember all the good times we had at the lace and your favorite Rockn Robbins and oh yes the quorum where we first met and became fast friends rest on peace my friend
Bonnie Dennis
March 18, 2013
To all who loved Krystal, yes she was a beautiful person whom I always liked. You will be greatly missed in the life, see you on the other side. Prayers to all who are missing you.
Michael Keihn
March 18, 2013
I am sorry for your loss and also grateful for the time to reunite with Krystal in your backyard Paradise not too many years ago. May your love and memories never fade and help to ease your pain through this most difficult time. God bless and be with all of you. Love Aunt Jan
Jan Johnson
March 18, 2013
Krystal my dear friend I am so sorry I lost touch with you i am so saddened to hear of your passing but I have a lot of fond memories of me and you at chantilly and your fav Rockn Robbins oh yes the quorum where we first met we had a lot of good times then you met your soul mate you were so deserving and I was so happy for you rest in peace my friend I will truly miss you
Bonnie Dennis
March 18, 2013
In deepest sympathy.
Brenda Price
March 18, 2013
Mike, so sorry for your loss, she taken way too young, may you cherish the memories with her & they will see you thru your grief. Grief is only temporary, our memories are forever. . . I will miss my cousin ~Cindy L. Edwards Rankin
Cindy L. Edwards Rankin
March 18, 2013
Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to Mike and his family.
Rhonda & Bob Rathbone
March 18, 2013
Mike: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family at this most difficult time.
Janice Downey
March 18, 2013
You will be greatly missed!
Mandi Powell
March 18, 2013
Krystal you will be missed and were truly loved. Michael and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Angie, Jarrod and Carlee Fairchild
March 18, 2013
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