May 1, 2018
Welcome Kerry and Darlene Krenzke, new in Covenant with Plymouth. They moved to Horizon House In mid-January 2018, from Honolulu, Hawaii. They chose Horizon House because it is more affordable than comparable continuing care retirement communities in Hawaii, its association with the UCC and because it is within walking distance to museums, restaurants and shopping.
“We chose Plymouth Church for its proximity to Horizon House and its acceptance of people of all races, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and any sexual orientation. We were ushers at our former home church; so we felt comfortable greeting and ushering at Plymouth Church our second Sunday.”
Kerry was born in LaPorte, Indiana, and grew up Lutheran. Darlene was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended a congregational/UCC church most of her life. She and Kerry met at Rockford College (now Rockford University) in Rockford, Illinois. Kerry and Darlene joined Central Union Church UCC in Honolulu, soon after returning to Honolulu after they married, nearly 46 years ago.
Kerry and Darlene are child free and care free. Kerry has two brothers in Indiana and Darlene has a sister in Tennessee, a sister in Texas and a brother in Hawaii. Their niece attends UW and a nephew attends Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.
Kerry retired as webmaster of Central Union Church five years after leaving his job as technical director at KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu, where he worked for 30+ years. Darlene retired December 29, 2017, after she worked 44 years with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services. For 30 years she supervised an income maintenance (public welfare) unit. Darlene, adjusting to a more leisurely life of retirement, plans to travel, read and enjoy Seattle. Kerry also enjoys reading, traveling, making jewelry and exploring Seattle.
In 1981, the couple traveled to China with 268 other UCC members and former China missionaries from across the United States. In smaller groups, they toured Canton, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. “Our most memorable experience is taking communion in a Christian church in Beijing,” adds Darlene.
They have visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and London. “We love train travel and have ridden every major route in the U.S. and Canada.” In 1985, they rode 8,423 miles, coast to coast and back across the U.S, on a Honda Helix motor scooter.
Kerry and Darlene are inspired by their parents, many excellent teachers, ministers, supervisors, authors and musicians. “Every person we meet; every book, newspaper or magazine we read (and all music we listen to) contributes to our life experiences in some way. It is inevitable that we continue to learn new things as we live in Horizon House in Seattle the rest of our lives.” Aloha!