Margaret Marie 'Marge' Kraus

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Margaret Marie "Marge" Kraus died Wednesday, April 1, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 72.

A memorial mass will be held at noon on Saturday, April 18, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna. Father Tony Dummer, OMI will officiate. A gathering of family and friends will follow at her home.

Mrs. Kraus was born on Dec. 25, 1936 in Erie, Pa., the oldest of 11 children. She moved to Alaska with her husband, Bill, and children in 1971 and was a resident of Soldotna since 1973. She worked as a fish hatchery technician in Kasilof for the state of Alaska. After retiring from Fish and Game, she later owned and operated Alpine Laundromat in Soldotna with her husband.

She enjoyed fishing, gardening, crosswords and being together with family and friends.

"Marge had a wonderful sense of humor, shared stories that everyone loved to hear, and had the ability to make you feel unique and special. A few weeks before Marge passed away, several of her family members were sitting in her room as she was resting. Her daughter, Heidi was attempting to complete a crossword puzzle to carry on a family pastime. She asked, 'What is an old-fashioned school collar?' Family in the room were stumped. Marge stated, 'Eton. E-T-O-N. Eton.' To our astonishment, she was right! Everyone began to laugh out loud! She will be forever loved and missed," her family said.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William J. Kraus, and son Richard J. Kraus.

Mrs. Kraus is survived by her son, Tim Kraus of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Lonnie Wood and their daughter, Taylor, of Eagle River; daughter Gretchen Dubendorf and her sons, Kory and Keegan, of Soldotna; and her extended family, Tammie and Nick Hunter and their son, Tab, of Anchorage.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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