Ultimate magazine theme for WordPress.

KENNETHA KREHBIEL Obituary (1938 – 2022) – Juno Beach, IL

KREHBIEL–Kennetha “Posy” Love. September 3, 1938 – July 23, 2022. Posy Krehbiel, renowned gardener, philanthropist, and artist passed away peacefully in her home on July 23 surrounded by her family. Posy was a vibrant, charismatic presence, filled with generosity, and curiosity. Born at Cook County Hospital in Chicago to Fred and Kennetha Love, she was nicknamed Posy after an aunt returned from the hospital’s nursery to report that the infant was “pretty as a Posy.” The name turned out to be precious. Posy, an avid athlete (swimming, tennis, skiing) and world traveler, grew up in the Chicago area. She attended Mills College in California, eventually transferring to Lake Forest College where she graduated in 1961 as an Art History major, cultivating her artist’s sensibility and eye. Posy married John H. Krehbiel, Jr., and in 1969 they moved to Lake Forest with their two young sons Pete and Yaz and were soon joined by their third child, daughter Meg. As her children grew up, Posy found a new passion, gardening. Over the years she created nearly 10 acres of lush English gardens that have been featured in magazines and books and visited by thousands – groups and well-known landscape artists and architects from around the world. Posy discovered joy working with plants and collaborating with her small team and other experts to establish one of America’s most significant gardens noted for its rigorous structure of hedges and trees and its lush flower beds of specimen plant and color combinations manifested over decades. In an interview she explained what gardening meant to her, “Gardening is irresistible, it draws you in, and puts you in touch with your soul. That is the wonderful thing about it. No matter how much time you put into gardening, it gives you back so much more.” She was a spiritualist for whom nature and beauty were her practice. Walking in Posy’s garden today is to be in a conversation with her. The garden is a source of connection with people and place in which her vivacious essence is palpable. In addition to her own garden, she took on leadership roles in gardening and land conservation on the following boards: Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Lakefront Millennium Project Blue Ribbon Committee, Chicago Horticultural Society (Botanic Garden) Board of Directors (2010 Medal Recipient,) Lake Forest Garden Club Executive Board, Lake Forest Open Lands Association Board of Directors, Market Square 2000 Committee, Morton Arboretum Board of Trustees, and Parkways Foundation. Healthcare, and most importantly, its availability for all women was also important to Posy. She founded the Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Health and Advisory Council and The Posy Krehbiel Breast Care Cancer at Lake Forest Hospital and served on boards including the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council, Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Board, Lake Forest Infant Welfare Society (2009 Angel Award Recipient ,) and The Women’s Board of Children’s Memorial Hospital. Posy was a warm, welcoming person who was respected for her open-minded attitude toward others and their opinions. Her irrepressible energy expressed through her laughter and smile as well as her endless curiosity made everyone feel important and heard. Posy was predeceased by her parents Fred and Kennetha and her brothers Bart and Toby as well as her son Pete. She is survived by her former husband, John H. Krehbiel, Jr., her sister Elizabeth, and her children Meg and Yaz (Kate) and five beloved grandchildren, Grace and Luisa Ellsworth and Henry, Lily, and Hadley Krehbiel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest www.wenbanfh.com or (847)234-0022.

Published by New York Times on Aug. 7, 2022.

34465541-95D0-45B0-BEEB-B9E0361A315ATo plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

Comments are closed.