Desma I. Kraus, 94
Kraus, of Harbor Campus in Port Washington, formerly of Saukville, went
to her Heavenly Home in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 24,
2011, age the age of 94.
Desma was born in Saukville on Aug. 28, 1917, the daughter of Joseph
VandeBoom and Catherine Weiss VandeBoom. On Feb. 22, 1938, she married
the love of her life, Henry “Santa” Kraus at Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church in Saukville. He preceded her in death in 2008.
Desma worked as an Inspector for Mercury Marine for over 30 years, and
also worked along with her husband on the family hobby farm in the town
of Saukville. She was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church
in Saukville and the Christian Women. She enjoyed bowling, gardening,
casino trips and won the Bell Ringer Award from the Tri-County Pork
Producers. Desma was known for her cooking and baking, including her
famous blitz torte, peanut brittle torte, Waldorf red velvet cake and
Granny’s homemade donuts. Desma is survived by her three children Ken
(Margo) Kraus of Saukville, Bonnie (the late Al) Knaub and Nancy
(Donald) Theisen both of Port Washington. She is further survived by 14
grandchildren: Cindi, Dean, Ellene, Foster, Gary, Tammy, Tori, Tricia,
Brett, Kurt, Scott, Mark, Michele and Luke; 20 greatgrandchildren; her
brother Roy (Lois) VandeBoom of Wausau; two sisters-in-law, Marie Kraus
of West Bend and Lauretta Kraus of Minnesota; nieces, nephews, other
relatives and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, one brother, Leo VandeBoom, and
two sisters, Edna Gall and Ione Schwenker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 28, at
6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 145 W. Church St.,
Saukville, with Father Tom Lijewski and Father Karl Acker
concelebrating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in St.
Mary’s Cemetery in Saukville. Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov.
28, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to
the charity of donors’ choice suggested.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.
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