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Obituary: Kimberley Krengel

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Kimberley Krengel, 50, of Idyllwild passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005 at home, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Kim was born in Santa Monica on March 23, 1955 and grew up in the Los Angeles area. She graduated from the Los Angeles Baptist High School and attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Kim and her sister Maggie first came to Idyllwild in 1977 when their parents opened the Strawberry Creek Inn. Kim and Maggie later opened Mile High Yogurt in the center of town.

Kim worked for 13 years at The Chart House and was one of the first women to become a general manager of a Chart House. She was an Idyllwild resident for more than 28 years and will be sorely missed by a multitude of friends from the Idyllwild Cafe.

Kim was married to Charlie Owen and had two children, Kendra Krengel-Owen, 22 and Kyle Krengel-Owen, 21.

Along with her children, she is survived by her sisters, Maggie Hegedusch (husband Steve) and Christine Krengel (husband Larry); a brother, Cliff White of San Felipe, Mexico; her mother and stepfather, Gloria and Wayne Conrad; and her beloved companion, Herk McClellan. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Krengel. Kim was a loving aunt to Cari, Kelly, Duffy, Zoe, Rusty and Cameron, as well as their spouses.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Chapel in the Pines. The Rev. Wally Boer will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kimberley Krengel Breast Cancer Foundation.

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