Kris was born on Dec. 8, 1957 in LeMars to Wayne and Lois (Alesch) Lenertz. She was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. Mary Catholic School, graduating in 1976. She then attended Stewart's School of Cosmetology in Sioux City, IA, from which she graduated in 1977. On Dec. 3, 1977 she married Ron Schnoes in Remsen. The couple made their home on the Lenertz family farm near Remsen, and she lived there for the rest of her life. Kris was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. What Kris enjoyed the most was spending time with her family, in the home that she loved. She spent eight years as a caregiver to many, which reflected her true nature of compassion for others. She was a homemaker for fourteen years, and then began her career as an administrative assistant at Wells Dairy in LeMars, IA, where she was employed from 1993 until 2008. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, church Guild and Christian Mothers Sodality all of Remsen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Lenertz; a stepbrother, Jack Loutsch; Father-in-law, Ed Schnoes
Survivors are her husband Ron of Remsen; two daughters, Jessica and her husband Brian Pottebaum of Bondurant and Jillian Schnoes of West Des Moines; two sons, Ryan of Webster City and Eric of Remsen; one grandson, Will Pottebaum of Bondurant; her mother Lois and her husband Earl Loutsch of Remsen; three sisters, Laurie and her husband Paul Ritz of Bloomington, Minn., Connie and her husband Rick Pavek of Faribault, Minn., Diane Lenertz of Lytton; one brother, Dick and his wife Susan Lenertz of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two stepsisters and their husbands, Joanne and Roger Hubner of Mountain Grove, Mo., Mary and Mike Price of Sioux City; one half-brother, Bob and his wife Leslie Loutsch of Remsen;and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Schnoes of Marcus.