Henry Kraus Jr., 91

Henry Kraus Jr. "Santa" of Harbor Village in Port Washington, formerly of Saukville, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2008, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon. He was 91.

Henry was born May 26, 1917, in Fredonia, the son of Henry and Margaret (Schmidt) Kraus.

During World War II he proudly served his country in the United States Army.

On Feb. 22, 1938, he was united in marriage with Desma VandeBoom at Immaculate Conception in Saukville.

Henry worked as a carpenter, and also ran a hobby farm where he raised ponies and grew pumpkins and sweet corn.

Henry was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception where he was a member of the church choir. He was president and board member of the Tri-County Pork Producers, a former Ozaukee County supervisor, served as chairman of the town of Saukville, and was a member of the Turkey Club.

In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, going to casinos and playing the card game Skatt.

He will always be remembered for the joy he spread when he was "Santa Claus" at the Boston Store and throughout Ozaukee County.

Henry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Desma; and their three children, Ken (Margo) Kraus of Saukville, Bonnie (the late Al) Knaub and Nancy (Donald) Theisen, both of Port Washington. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren, Cindi, Dean, Ellene, Foster, Gary, Tammy, Tori, Tricia, Brett, Kurt, Scott, Mark, Michele and Luke; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Loretta (the late Elmer) Mertzig of Port Washington; two sisters-in-law, Marie Kraus of West Bend and Lauretta Kraus of Minnesota; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Al, Francis, William, Howard, Sister Margarette and Sister Enrica, SSND.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville with Fr. Karl Acker officiating.

Henry will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saukville.

Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice is suggested.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.