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Carol Ann Kraus

August 18, 1942 - July 30, 2018

Service Date: August 2, 2018

Carol Ann Kraus, nee Schwartz, was born on Tuesday, 18 August 1942 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.  She was the daughter of Lawrence B. and LaVern Schwartz ,nee Scher.  She passed away on­­­­­ Monday, 30 July 2018.

She attended elementary school and high school at New Athens, Illinois, and was Salutatorian of her junior high school class in 1956 and senior high school class in 1960.  Immediately following high school graduation Carol worked as a secretary at Scott Air Force Base.   On September 8, 1962, Carol married Kenneth L. Kraus, who was her high school sweetheart, at St. John UCC in New Athens.  In 1963, she resigned her position as secretary to the Director of the Contract Airlift Branch to become a “stay at home” Mom.

They were the parents of three children:  Scott Allen Kraus, Steven Daniel Kraus and Sara Lynn Kraus and grandparents to Jared Scott Kraus, Joseph Edward Kraus and Jonathan Lee Kraus.  During her “stay at home mom” years, Carol was a room mother for each of her elementary age children; taught summer church Bible school; was a Cub Scout Den Leader and a registered Scout Leader for nine years; was a member of the church choirs at New Athens St. John UCC  and  Murphysboro St. Peter UCC .

Carol continued her education in 1977 at Belleville Area College (now SWIC) and graduated co-Valedictorian with an A.A. degree in 1980.  The family moved to Murphysboro in 1982.  Carol enrolled at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1983.  Starting in 1984, she worked as an administrative assistant at the University and completed her college education.  Carol graduated summa cum laude from SIUC’s College of Education with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1989.  She retired in August 2000 from SIUC as an office manager and administrative assistant to the Chairman of the Radio-Television Department.

Carol was a life member of SIUC Alumni Association; life member of the New Athens Historical Society; a member of Freeburg Historical Society and a member of St. Clair County Genealogy Society.

She was a dedicated genealogist for the Schwartz/Kehrer/Scher/Stoll and Kraus/Sinn/Rohr/Boehm families.  She loved watching old Western movies and enjoyed searching for antiques and collectibles with her favorites being  Boyd Teddy Bears and Steinbach Nut Crackers.   Other than family memories, Carol’s outstanding life memory was of her and Kenny’s trip to South Africa which included  a weekend safari in Kruger National Park and sleeping in a thatched hut in the game preserve.

Carol strived to live her life by the “Golden Rule” which was to treat others as one would like to be treated  and to love others as one would love oneself.

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Parents:
    • Lawrence B. Schwartz who died on 18 August 1992
    • LaVern Scher Schwartz who died on 12 January 2003

She is survived by her:

  • Husband of 56 years: Kenneth L. Kraus
  • Children
    • Scott (Sheri) Kraus of Freeburg,
    • Steven D. Kraus of Asheville, N.C.
    • Sara L. Kraus of Waverly, IL;
  • Grandchildren
    • Jared S. (Lindsey)
    • Joseph E. Kraus
    • Jonathan L. Kraus
  • Brother: Allen J. (Debbie) Schwartz  of Freeburg

Memorials: Memorials may be made to P.T.O.E.C. (Parent Teacher Organization for Exceptional Children- This supports our local chapter of Special Olympics) or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Visitation:  Visitation from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Kurrus Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Koch officiating.  Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois.