Monroe H. “Monty” Kronstedt, 86, of Arden Hills, died Dec. 29.

He is survived by Bessie, his wife of 68 years; two sons and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He attended Tilden Grade School in Como Park and then Murray High School, where he excelled at football, basketball and baseball. Murray is where he met Bessie, who was a homecoming queen at Murray.

He served in the Navy in World War II, including at Iwo Jima. He received an associate’s degree at the University of Minnesota and held a number of selling positions before starting his own manufacturers representative agency. He retired in 1991. Today, his two sons run the two companies he started, Continental Merchandisers and Kronstedt Incentives.

Monty was the 1972 West Wind at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. He loved golfing at Midland Hills. Monty and Bessie loved to travel. They had seen most places around the world, but Bessie said many times, “We haven’t seen it all yet!”
Monty lived on Lake Johanna for 54 years and spent six months a year in Naples, Florida.

His funeral service was held at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville on Jan. 3, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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