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Krista K. Grager

Krista K. Grager, age 41, of Sykeston, ND, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at St. Aloisius Hospital at Harvey, ND.

Krista Kay Tanata was born on October 17, 1970, the daughter of Fred and Lillian (Scott) Tanata at Sioux City, Iowa. She was raised and attended grade school at Courtenay, ND. The family moved to Carrington in 1980, where Krista graduated from High School in 1989.

On August 1, 2009, Krista was united in marriage to Jay Grager in James River Lutheran Church, rural Grace City, ND. They shared their lives near Sykeston. Krista worked for many years for Elmer at Finch’s 5-Spot in Carrington. Her outgoing personality made it easy for her to serve drinks and shoot the breeze with everyone. Krista was currently working at the Jockey Club in Sykeston and Lloyd’s Crop Management in Fessenden.

She was confirmed and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington. Krista enjoyed throwing darts and shooting pool. Her greatest love was the time she shared with her two children.

Krista will be remembered and deeply missed by her husband Jay; her two children, Spencer and Sydnie; mother and step-father, Lillian (Arvid) Ellingson, Carrington; two brothers, Fred and Scott Tanata, both of Carrington; three sisters, Kim (Jeff) Krei, West Fargo, ND, Debbie(Steve) Busche, Kindred, ND, and Julie (Chuck) Krabbenhoff, Fargo, ND; three step-sons Brandon, Michael, Jordan; one step-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was greeted in heaven by her father, Fred; and her grandparents.


FUNERAL SERVICE: Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND

DATE AND TIME: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

INTERMENT: Carrington Cemetery, Carrington, ND

Posted Condolences:


Name: Bridget (Everetts) Harkness

Date: 5/14/12

Message: Dear Tanata Family,
I was saddened to here of the passing of Krista.I wish for all loved ones involved to have the time it needs to grieve and heal from this loss.
Bridget H


Name: Danny and Kim Deavult

Date: 5/13/12

Message: always enjoyed the times we had together. We greatly miss u and love you. For some reason god takes good people early, i believe , he has a bigger things for you. I want to give her family and friends sincere condolences, just remember krista is always with us and watching over us, never forgotten.


Name: Steve Larson

Date: 5-12-12

Message: I thank the lord i got the chance to work with you and really got too know you loved how you brighten up a room when you walked in that smile always did it for me and every one else we spent many years together serving  the public i will always cherish that.    will miss you  R.I.P.


Name: Kelly Waliser

Date: May 12, 2012

Message: So sorry to hear of Krista's passing.  I remember one winter back in the 80's I stayed with the Tanata family before moving to Fargo while my parents and brother and sisters were in Arizona for the winter months.  My heart and prayers go out to the Tanata/Grager family. RIP Krista and God Bless.


Name: Mark Albrecht

Date: 5-12-12

Message: Our prayers go out to Krista's family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. May God grant all of you peace and strength to get through these trying times.


Name: Mike and Barb Larson

Date: 5/12/12

Message: Our deepest condolences to Krista's family she was such a bubble of life and will be deeply missed. She will have a lasting memory for many of her friends and family. May God bless your short wonderful life and give the strength you showed so well to your family and friends. We will miss you dearly Mike and Barb.



Name: Lisa Fauss

Date: 5/11/12

Message: So sad to hear about Krista..I remember when she trained me at Finch's.  She was always so nice to be around.  My deepest sympathies go out to her family...I can't imagine how hard this time must be for you.  Praying for all of you..with love, Lisa Jo


Name: Kristy Holland

Date: 5/11/2012

Message: Thoughts and prayers go out to the Tanata/Grager Family. I am so sorry for the loss of Krista, MANY prayers for Krista's children.


Name: Holly Piatz Blomquist

Date: 5-11-12

Message: I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. I have fond memories of our high school days and also visiting with her on occasion at Finch's.  She will be greatly missed.


Name: Randy & Terri Sondag

Date: 05-11-12

Message: We will all feel the loss of Krista. We are blessed to have known her and to have shared so many memories together through the years; from the birth of her children to the births of our grandchildren and everything in-between. We pray that her family will find comfort and peace in the knowledge that we will again one day be together. RIP Krista.


Name: Kristie (Albrecht) Tjon

Date: 5-11-12

Message: My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family at this difficult time.  I will always hold my memories of Krista's friendship close to my heart.  God bless all of you in this time of sorrow.



Name: Darcie (Wahlund) Kristjanson

Date: 5/11/2012

Message: My sympathies to Krista's family.  Very sorry to hear the news. It is hard to find the right words at a time like this.  May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.


Name: Lona Binder-Hermanson

Date: 5/11/12

Message: My heart goes out to Tanata family for the loss of your sister. Please extend my sympathy to the entire family. May God grant you peace, strength, & courage to cope with your tragic loss. RIP - Krista.


Name: Lynn Lee Schultz

Date: 5/10/12

Message: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now.  I was so blessed to spend my teenage years with Krista - oh the wonderful times we had!  So blessed to get to know the Tanata family.  If there is anything I can do for your family, please don't hesitate to ask 701-430-9304.  Love, Lynn


Name: Laurie (Lee) Maynes

Date: 5-10-12

Message: Dear Tanata family,

I am so sorry to hear of Krista's passing.  She was such a nice person and a immediate friend to me when I would come to visit my dad Hal.  I am praying for all of you.  Love to you all, Laurie Lee

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