10/26/1960 - 11/11/2021

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kris Pranke of Gilbert, AZ,  formerly of Maddock and Fargo, ND.  Kris died in a motorcycle accident on November 11, 2021 in Gilbert.  During her professional career Kris was an RN.

She is survived by her sister, Connie (Paul) Backen, many cherished nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and her beloved Labrador, Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her mother Helen Berg and step-father Rolf Berg, father Eldon Pranke, brothers Steve Pranke and Kent Pranke, and nephew Andrew Pranke.

Arizona family, friends, and co-workers held a vigil in her honor at Gilbert, AZ on Sunday, November 14. Private interment next spring at Viking Lutheran Church, Maddock, ND.

Memorials are preferred to the animal welfare organization of your choosing.

Condolences and memories may be shared at: www.gilbertmemorialpark.com


  • Yvonne Olson Sandbloom

    One of my first friends made when I moved to Maddock. We kept in touch over the years. I will miss her.

  • Started in 1st grade with Kris – and graduated with Kris – we grew up together. Kris and I were on the National Small Bore Shooting Team together (Thank you Rolf). My condolences to the family and to the many friends of Kris.

  • Krisi, as I called my Goddaughter, was a spirited woman. She was full of wit and humor and always kept us smiling. She enjoyed her pets, with Cooper special. Krisi had a love of the arts including theatre, museums, concerts and more. She lived life to the fullest and cherished her career and family. She will he missed by those she touched.

  • My friend, you are such a caring person you gave your best everyday and never quit. Thank you for being there and all you have contributed to the community. I will miss checking on you and having our chats. I know your safe with mom now. May God bless you and your family.

  • My co-worker, friend, confidant but most of all you were considered my Family. We worked together side by side at Gila River Health Care for over 4 years. It’s hard not seeing you everyday but am not going to be selfish and share you with your loved ones. You are missed everyday and no one will be able to fill your shoes. I will miss out discussion of Cooper and Sue, we are animal advocates which drew us even closer. I was excited to meet and talk with her beautiful family and hope to keep in touch with them. Love you Kris! You will live on in my heart!

  • Kris was my boss, she was an amazing person. Still feels like you’re still with us at work roaming the halls and checking on your employees to see if they are ok and doing well. I texted you some times just to get my closure and knowing that you are deeply missed & loved. Fly high kris until we meet again.

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