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Vivian M. Krafft
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Vivian M. Krafft, 89, Lake Summerset, IL died at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 in her home.

Born August 25, 1927 in McIntosh, South Dakota, the youngest of 10 children born to George A. and Freda (Fredrickson) Larson. Vivian came to Rockford, IL in 1996 and moved to Lake Summerset in 1999. Graduated from McIntosh High School, Class of 1945 and from Presentation School of Nursing, St. Luke’s Unit in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1948. She was a life-long devout Christian and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Mobridge, South Dakota in 1943. She married Harley Kempf in 1949, they later divorced. Vivian then married Blaine Borchers in 1969, he died in 1995. On November 23, 1999 she married Don Krafft, he preceded her in death in 2010. Vivian was employed as a nurse for 30 working, working at North Memorial Medical Center in the ER in Minneapolis, MN from 1962-1978 and then at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, MO in the ER from 1978-1992.

Have you ever met someone who could light up the room with a smile? Have you ever spoken with someone who made you feel brilliant beyond reason? If so, then you know Vivian Krafft. Her optimism was disarming, and her heart was as big as the sky. Vivian dedicated her life to serving others long before she became a nurse. It was her nature to put others’ needs before her own. We could always learn a lot from her. When a person so smart exists in harmony with a soul so self-less, God has given us something remarkable. A striking tomboy from a sheep ranch in South Dakota, Vivian showed us a universal truth that humility can take you further than you ever imagined. She had proven that “impossible” is not American. And we will use her passing to remind everyone to offer help without judgement to your fellow human. Vivian loved winning at cards and at life. She was always up for anything. Her sense of duty to others was balanced so perfectly with a sense of duty to having a good time. The best part about Viv was her ability to enjoy new things at every stage of life. Truly, you never knew what to expect from this marvel of a woman.

Vivian is survived by her granddaughter Katie Hubbs Garrett; grandson-in-law Blaine Garrett; step children Betsy Borchers, Bobby Borchers, Kathy Borchers Gustafson, Ann Borchers McCarthy, Keri Heard and Jonee Ayola; generations of close nieces and nephews and countless neighbors, friends and very special people who have kept Vivian comfortable and happy during this final phase of her life. She joins in heaven her parents, husbands, daughter Londa Kempf Hubbs and siblings George Larson, Esther Dunlap, Walter Larson, Burdette “Red” Larson, William Larson, Anna Davis, Bernice Marlow, Ralph Larson and Wiley Larson.

A celebration of Vivian’s life will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2017 at McCorkle Funeral Home-Durand Chapel, 101 W Main Street, Durand, IL. Reverend Randy Heinzeroth, of VNA Hospice, will lead scriptures and prayers at 3:00 P.M. Cremation rites will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134 or at

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Celebration of Life




12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
McCorkle Funeral Home - Durand Chapel

101 W. Main St.
Durand, IL 61024

Memorial Contribution

Northern IL Food Bank

273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134

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