Mary Virginia Lee “Ginger” (Klohr) Krebs
Ginger was born on April 25, 1934 and died peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Westview Assisted Living and Memory Care in Ellisville, MO, which was her home for the last five years.
Ginger was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Ginny Klohr; her former husband, Festus J. Krebs, Jr. and her daughter, Carol Krebs. Ginger is survived by her children: Twink (Joe) LaFave, St. Paul, MN; Festus J. Krebs III, MD, Overland Park, KS; Dorothy (Mac) McDowell, Wildwood, MO; and Martin (Beth) Krebs, Olathe, KS. Ginger was a loving grandmother to 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Ginger is also survived by her siblings, Richard (Sally, deceased) Klohr III, Susan (Don) Gunn, and Patsy (Ed, DDS) Hotz.
Ginger grew up on Northmoor Drive in University City, attended Our Lady of Lourdes parish school, City House High School and Maryville College.
Ginger married Festus J. Krebs in 1953 and together they raised their five children in St. Louis. Ginger was a vivacious woman who enjoyed her friends; was an accomplished cook who entertained often and with enthusiasm, and was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. Ginger played on the field hockey team in high school, was an accomplished swimmer and a formidable competitor on the tennis, badminton, and basketball courts.
Ginger’s primary focus, however, was her five children, their eventual spouses and her grandchildren. Ginger was a devoted and intentional parent and with her spirited enthusiasm, there are many fun family memories.
After Ginger’s daughter, Carol, died in 2005, Ginger was actively involved in the care of Carol’s young son, Jack. Like Carol, Ginger was a strong advocate for Jack’s educational needs and she deeply valued her time with Jack.
After raising her family, Ginger worked at the gift shop at St. John’s Mercy Hospital, but she was most proud of her work with incarcerated women at the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton.
Ginger was a devoted friend and traveled often with her friends. She also loved visiting her children and grandchildren. She was a woman of faith and often attended daily Mass.
Twink, Fes, Dorothy, and Marty are so grateful to the memory care staff at Westview for their tender loving care of their mother. Twink, Fes and Marty want to particularly acknowledge Dorothy for her dedicated and loving care of Ginger for so many years.
Services: Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 at St. Alban Roe Church, 2001 Shepard Road, Wildwood, MO. Visitation at 9:00 a.m. with the Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. Internment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Carmelite Monastery or Aquinas Institute of Theology.