Lois M. Kraus, 91, passed away February 9, 2019, at her residence in Tell City, Indiana.
Born November 30, 1927, in Morganfield, Kentucky, she was the daughter of William Austin and Elizabeth (Mattingly) Pate. She was a twin and the last of thirteen children.
She grew up on a farm and was proud of the fact that she walked three miles to school. She worked for General Electric for several years, and there she met her husband-to-be, Frank Kraus. Lois and Frank were married on October 25, 1952. They raised three children, Diane, Debra, and Bill. Frank worked as an electrician at General Electric for 32 years, retiring in 1985. After raising her children, Lois worked at Hook's Drugstore for many years until her retirement. She had a strong work ethic.
Lois loved listening to music and watching sports, especially her Kentucky Wildcats. She enjoyed wearing bright and fashionable clothing. Lois deeply valued her relationships with family. She took pride in keeping her family well-fed and clean. She focused on healthy food before healthy food was fashionable. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. When visiting her home, you always found her supportive and on your side. Lois was a devout Catholic and member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She had a deep reverence for God.
Survivors include her children, Diane Kraus of Evansville, Debra Emerson (Alan Godsave) of Tell City, and Bill (Susan) Kraus of Cannelton; 5 grandchildren, Kasey Ellis, Lantz (Andrea) Emerson, Erin (Ryan Fortwendel) Emerson, Brian (Rene'e) Kraus, and Lesley Kraus; and 4 great-grandchildren, Soffia Ellis, Elliott Emerson, Eden Emerson, and Rowen Fortwendel. Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Frank; and her 12 siblings.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am Wednesday, February 13 at St. Paul Catholic Church with burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 – 7 pm Tuesday, February 12 and from 8:30 – 9:30 am Wednesday at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Perry Childcare Initiative, 1012 31st St., Tell City, IN 47586 in Lois' memory. God bless.