Florence Kraus, 91, died unexpectedly on June 13, 2020 at St. Francis Home. She
was born in St. Peter, Wis. on December 31, 1928 to Joseph and Gertrude (Sabel)
Kraus. Mom was delivered by her grandma during a snowstorm while the doctor slept
in the next room. The next day her dad and her grandma bundled her up and took
her by sleigh, to get baptized. She grew up on the family farm in St. Peter
during the Great Depression, the fifth daughter in the family.
As a teen,
the family went to weekly dances at St. Peter Hall where she would meet the man
she would marry, Herbert Kraus. They wed on September 1, 1948 and together they
raised four children. He died on December 22, 1976. She married Albert
Entringer on August 22, 1979. He died August 7, 1994. Irma had a long-time
polka dance partner and friend of 12 years, John Persha until his death in 2011.
her family, Irma worked in the electronics department of Gibson’s Discount
Center and later was employed at Medalist Industries retiring from there in
1980. She enjoyed traveling throughout the US on car trips with her family with
nothing but a loaf of bread and a slab of bologna. She was proud that she got
to visit Washington D.C., New York City, Florida, and California. Several times, she visited her daughter and
family in Arizona. She was particularly pleased that she visited Hawaii as well
Irma loved listening
to all kinds of music, but especially enjoyed dancing to polkas and waltzes.
She attended the weekly polka dance at the Fond du Lac Senior Center and
traveled the area to various Sunday dances for over 20 years. She was an
active, independent, social woman and had a full calendar of activities. She
loved visiting with her two remaining sisters and there was always plenty of
laughter. She was an avid sheepshead player, loved animals and children. After
her retirement, she spent 20 years assisting in her daughter Karen’s daycare
center and was affectionately known as “Grandma Irma.” She was proud that she
was able to be certified in childcare through the university extension. In the
last several years, she enjoyed going to the Knights of Columbus Hall for
Friday night fish with the family. We will remember her for her famous beef
roast dinners and her generous spirit.
We had a
great celebration when she turned 90, which had been a goal of hers. She had a
great sense of humor and will be missed. Mom was a fighter and cheated death on
several occasions over the last 15 years. In one conversation with her at
Hospice Home of Hope, we told her that since she always wanted to live until 90
and had made it, if it was time to go, it was okay. Her reply was “I should
have said 100.” Last year she spent six months at Hospice Home of Hope until
she “graduated” to the St. Francis Home in October. She loved to sing and did
so frequently accompanied by the volunteer harpist that visited Hospice and the
activities that she loved most at Saint Francis Home involved music. One of the
blessings that happened because of her move to St. Francis was that her sister was
already a resident and they were able to visit each other regularly. Her
great-granddaughter Olivia visited often, and the other residents would light
up when they saw her.
survived by three daughters, Judy (Phil) Langolf of Gilbert, Arizona, Karen
(Jim) Vogds and Diane (Steve) Vollstedt, both of Fond du Lac and one son, John
(Michaelene) Kraus of Oshkosh; five grandchildren, Rob (Debbie) and Eric
(Terri) Langolf, Michelle (Brent) Trewin, Tanya Vogds (Alex Rodriguez) and
Jacob Vollstedt; five great-grandchildren, Justus (Katie) and Ty Trewin,
Savannah and Drew Langolf and Olivia Bemis; one sister, Leona Karls; one
brother, Eugene (Marge) Kraus; one sister-in-law, Mary Kraus and dear family
friend Lily Foote.
preceded in death by three sisters, Viola Schmitz, Marilyn Mueller and Minerva
Birschbach; seven brothers-in-law, Joe Karls, John Schmitz, Marvin Birschbach, Ambrose
Mueller, Bernard Albert, Clarence and Elmer Kraus and two sisters-in-law, Melinda
Albert, and Marcella Kraus.
We as a
family would like to acknowledge the care provided to her over the last several
years by Agnesian Adult Day Services, Mobile Meals, Hospice Home of Hope, and the
staff of the St. Francis Home.
Services: The family will receive visitors
from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2020 at Zacherl Funeral Home, 875
E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
12:00 p.m. on Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 4th Street Way
in Fond du Lac, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a
memorial fund has been established.
condolences may be expressed at www.zacherlfuneralhome.com