Valada "Val" Krossin - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

June 21, 1928 - September 27, 2021

Valada Elda Krossin

On September 27, after a long and full life, Val was called home. While she will be greatly missed by those left behind, she was ready to be with Jesus.

Val was born in Effington Township, a small town in northwest Minnesota. She grew up in Parkers Prairie until her family moved to Minneapolis. Her mother’s home in south Minneapolis was the site of many wonderful family gatherings and “if walls could talk” oh, the stories we would hear!

In 1947, Val married Marv Krossin and they were together until Marv’s passing in 1979. The years together were filled with raising three children and many great times. Some of these include house parties with neighbors, family vacations out West, trips “Up North” to Remer where Marv always made sure to bring his own meat and those who knew Val’s sister Ginny will understand why! Marv and Val also made several trips to Europe, the first of which was in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary. Val was known to be a fabulous hostess and happily opened their home for many family gatherings and reunions.

After Marv’s death, Val entered a new phase in her life. She started square dancing and took great joy in being an active participant of Milt’s Posse, a local square dance club. At one point, she was voted Queen of the club and wore her tiara with pride. Val also embarked on a career in childcare, providing loving care for many children over the years who viewed her home as their own. These years also included travel to many parts of the country, both with family and to visit family. She often spoke fondly of her trip to Alaska where her sister LaVerne went “fishing” for salmon with the handle of her cane. Another source of joy was her backyard, with its gazebo and extensive garden which provided many hours of enjoyment and bird watching.

Recent years brought more changes to Val’s life. Unfortunately, the arthritis which plagued her continued to cause her issues. Ultimately, she sold her home of 67 years and moved into a senior living apartment. The last two years of her life were spent in that environment, where she was able to receive the additional support she needed.

Survived by children, Donna (Jerry) Fors, Debora Reilly and Richard (Nancy) Krossin; grandchildren, David (Jenni) Fors, Ryan (Marie) Fors, John (Katy) Reilly, Tiffany Fors, Daniel Krossin and Nicole Krossin; great-grandchildren, David (Amber) Fors, Brady Fors, Chloe Fors, Allison Reilly and Lauren Reilly; and great-great grandson, Kyllian Fors; sister, Lucky Rymanowski; and many beloved family and friends. Preceded in death by husband, Marvin Krossin; parents, William and Ella Zimmerman; brothers, John and Don; sisters, LaVerne, Eleanor, Ginny and Mickey.

Click here for Val’s recorded service link.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Arthritis Foundation.


  1. Brian Stubson says:

    So sorry for your passing! You were a wonderful giving Aunt and we loved you so much! You had wonderful family reunions and always had your door open! We will miss you!

  2. Jane says:

    Thinking of you all! Auntie Val was such a funny, witty lady. I will cherish the fun memories I have of her. God Bless Auntie Val!

  3. Laura L Traeger says:

    Donna and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you for strength and comfort during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers.
    Laura Traeger

  4. Carol M Arnold says:

    We will hold forever so dear the times we spent together with Auntie Val….the moose hunting, the best restaurants to dine at, the best roasted marshmallows for S’mores and that glass of wine. She has been the center of the family for so long, her home always open for gatherings both large and small. We hope she is enjoying that garden party in heaven……. perhaps with a martini?

    It is our hope that the sweet memories of your Mother and all that she has been to so many people will comfort you in the coming days.

  5. Cheryl and Ray says:

    To cousins Donna, Deb, Rich and families, we will forever hold in our hearts the memories of our loving, welcoming, and awesome Aunt Val. She livened up any gathering and brought many smiles to all occasions. She was genuine and will be greatly missed. We lift our glasses high to you, Aunt Val.


    Dear Donna, Jerry, Tiffany, and Family,

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this emotional and exhausting time. Donna, I hope you find some comfort in knowing what a loving & supportive daughter you were to your mom; nothing is more important than the giving of one’s self … which you certainly did for your mom! Consider yourself hugged Donna. With Sympathy, Pat & Tony Pascuzzi

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