June 20, 2015Evidia Petronilla Kronebusch, the daughter of Henry Peter and Josephine Susan (Tibesar) Kronebusch passed away today in Rochester, Minnesota. The matriarch of her family, Evidia was born on May 13, 1912 in Marion, North Dakota and, she was 103 years young at the time of her death.

20150620 Evidia Petronilla Kronebusch 1912 - 2015 103 years old Madonna Towers in Rochester Minnesota

20150620 Evidia Petronilla Kronebusch 1912 – 2015 103 years old Madonna Towers in Rochester Minnesota

Evidia Kronebusch Obituary

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Evidia Kronebusch, of Rochester, 103, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Madonna Towers.

She was born May 13, 1912, in Marion, N.D., to Henry and Josephine (Tibesar) Kronebusch. Evidia was a 1930 graduate of St. John’s Academy in Jamestown, N.D., and of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester in 1934. She dedicated most of her nursing career to caring for patients at St. Marys Hospital. She retired in 1977.

She is survived by six nieces and nephews, Mary Grieco, of Rhinelander, Wis.; Rosemary Johnson, of Valley City, N.D.; Beth (Dick) Coulombe, of Howard Lake; Carol Hoffman, of West Fargo, N.D.; David (Sara) Kronebusch, of Marion, N.D.; and Jack (Angie) Kronebusch, of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Cleon and Cornelius; and a sister, Dorothy Rourke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Madonna Towers Chapel on Thursday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. James Russell and the Rev. Donald J. Schmitz officiating.

Per her request, there will be no evening visitation. Friends and relatives may gather an hour prior to the funeral to pay their respects. Burial will be at St. Felix Cemetery in Wabasha.

In lieu of flowers, Mass offerings are welcome or memorials may be sent to the Mayo Foundation.

Online condolences are welcome at mackenfuneralhome.com.


I met Evidia Kronebusch in 1966 when she was a St.Mary’s Private Duty nurse for a polio patient from Germany. What a wonderful nurse! The German patient and family had many kind things to say about Evidia. I cleaned house for her as a student nurse and in later years I worked along side her with Rehabilitation patients at St.Marys Hospital. Another nurse & good friend, Laura, and I would stop in to visit her occasionally. Laura liked to bring her a rose in winter since she didn’t have any in her garden at that time of year. Evidia was known for her hospitality and enjoyed showing and telling about her doll collection. Tom enjoyed translating some German letters for her. May she rest in peace. – Rita & Thomas Sundry

Evidia “Vi” was one of the most incredibly nice and inspiring (and older) human beings I’ve ever known. Tho’ for some years she’s been an active presence among those who–like my 90-something mother, June–call Madonna Towers home, we actually chanced to meet her back in her 80’s, when she was still living independently in her own house near St. Mary’s. Her nursing career there spanned interesting decades, from the time of the Mayo brothers, and their Franciscan nun partners, to the eventual takeover of St. Mary’s by the Clinic. Her amazing, green-thumb passion for gardening followed her to retirement at Madonna (Towers); and in recent years she was primarily responsible for tending diverse plantings in one of the inner courtyards there. The last time we spoke to her, a few months ago, she lucidly confessed to “slowing down” in her 2nd century, but still had an eternal sparkle in her eye. May she Rest in Peace & fields of Roses. – Frank & Dottie Hawthorne


She is the eldest daughter of Henry Peter and Josephine Susan (Tibesar) Kronebusch.

Evidia –> Josephine Susan –> Antoine “Anton” –> Pierre –> Michel –> Philippe Tibesar