I probably have the same genealogy as you but here's some info. Katherine was the daughter of Joseph and Walburga Probst born in 1852. She was one of six children. John's side of the family spelled their names Krakel......where the correct pronunciation of the name stems today. Katherine was John's second wife, the first dying in 1873. John came from Hesse, Germany. His brother Andrew was inducted into the Army during the Spanish-American War during which his name was misspelled KRAKEL. He kept that spelling until his death.
I also have another Genealogy that addresses a Jacob Krekel who was born in Nassau, Germany in 1825. He arrived in the U.S. in 1844 and fought in the Mexican War. This family is traced to a small farm in Iowa called the Quiet Nook. All the genealogies that I have sighted show that the family roots are definitely Roman Catholic which means that the original family probably came from Bavaria even though Hesse is not in that sector. During my visit to Germany four years ago, I ran into some Krekel's and they told me that the name is pronounced KRAKEL and the name is predominantly Bavarian. They also said that the name means "CRICKETT" but the internet says it means "STAGNANT WATER".
Hope this helps a little.
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