Born: September 22, 1930 - Deceased: November 28, 2020
Colleen Elizabeth Krause nee Draper entered into eternal rest on November 28, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend, Rev. Dr. Robert A. Krause, who died on April 14, 2003, her parents, John Wesley Draper I and Esther nee Murdach, Draper; her sister and brother-in-law, Harry and Doris Draper Smith, her brother and sister-in-law, Norman L. and Deloris Draper, her sister and brother-in-law Keith and Glenda Draper Chrisman, and her brother John Wesley Draper II.
She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law; David and Cindy Krause of San Antonio, TX; Michael and Terri Krause of Lexington, KY; and Stephen and Joy Krause of Phoenixville, PA. She is also survived by grandchildren Richard (Lily) Krause, Ryan (Tarrah) Krause, Kathleen Krause, Mary Elizabeth Krause, Matthew Krause and Megan Krause and several great-grandchildren: Isaac and Caleb Krause; Brenson, Tenley, and Adley Krause; and Konner Gibson. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Linda Draper of Granite City, IL.
Colleen was born on September 22, 1930 in Madison, IL. She graduated from Madison High School and later attended Olney Jr. College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees with highest honors. After graduation she began teaching English at Carbondale Community High School and then in the Belleville District at Belleville West High School. She retired from teaching in 1990 after 19 years of service. She met the love of her life, Robert, in 1950 at an event with the East St. Louis District Methodist Youth in which she was active. They were married on September 7, 1951. As a pastor’s wife, she was supportive of his ministry and served their congregations beside him with love and compassion. She had a deep and adoring faith in God which carried over into her life actions.
Colleen’s greatest joy and achievement was in her three sons. During their formative years she was a stay-at-home mother and always believed that motherhood was her most important, challenging, and rewarding role. In their scouting years she served as a Den Mother and trainer. She was also active in the Union United Methodist Church Women’s group and served as an officer at the conference, district, and local level. She belonged to various organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Cahokia Mound Chapter, where she was the past regent, past vice-regent, past chapter chaplain, past District VI chaplain and served as official proofreader for the Illinois State Conference. She was also a member of the PEO Chapter KC.
Colleen was a lover of great literature especially Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson and she was an avid reader. She also enjoyed genealogy, authored and compiled 6 books of family history. Traveling was another pleasure of hers and was fortunate enough to travel with her husband, Robert, to all 7 continents and numerous countries. She also took great delight in her 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and treasured her times with them, especially reading to them and playing games with them.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: Union United Methodist Church Choir Program 721 East Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220 or The Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund P.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62794-9207.
Services: Due to Covid restrictions, private family services with Entombment at Lake View Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.
I had the privilege of meeting Colleen in August of this year. We spent time together at The Colonnade during meals, watching her favorite game show, Jeopardy, and having good conversation. I received many blessings from this brilliant woman that I call my friend. See you again-soon! I will miss you!
Steve & family – Jan and I were very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She, and your entire family, will be in our prayers. With deepest sympathy, Mark
The Carmony family has many fond memories with Colleen and Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Kathryn Finch (Carmony)
She was one of the best. It is said that the pastor’s choice of a spouse will double the ministry or cut it in half. She multiplied Bob’s ministry many times over, and made a rich difference as a mother and grandmother and Christian in her own right. She unites again and at last with her best friend in the throne room of her Lord.
I have fond memories of Colleen, as well as her family. She and her husband served at Fairfield First United Methodist Church in the mid to late 60’s. My condolences to the family.
Colleen was one of the best. She and the love of her life the Rev Dr. Robert Kraus were very supportive of Tom and I and our daughter Tracia during their time at Union UMC and upon their return here upon retirement. I hope and pray her love for us will continue on into eternity. She was a great Sunday School teacher to us as well, first in Pathfinders and at last in the Forum Sunday School Class she is and will be greatly missed. All love prayers and blessings to her three sons and their families. She loved them all dearly and never missed an opportunity to tell of their successes.
We will miss Colleen (or ‘cuz ‘as we called her when we’d meet ). Her winning smile and warm greeting made us feel special. She touched many lives in a favorable manner and will be greatly missed.
Our condolences to her family who were often seen with her on Sundays at Union.
Fondly, Ann and Norman Krause