Edith Elta “Edie” Kraus, 87, Madison, a longtime Stevens Point resident and community activist who assisted various organizations, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Madison.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at FrameMemorialChurch in Stevens Point, with a reception to follow at the church.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or one that she would value – Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, United Way of Portage County, Stevens Point Area YMCA, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Performing Arts or Woman’s Athletics, The Women’s Fund of Portage County, Community Foundation of Portage County, Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum in Stevens Point, Saint Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Central Wisconsin Area Symphony Orchestra, Monte Verdi Chorale, Capitol Lakes Foundation of Madison or Arts Wisconsin in Madison.
Mrs. Kraus was born Oct. 11, 1925, in New Rochelle, N.Y., a daughter of the late Alfred Edward “Ted” and Edith Gray Davidson. She was raised primarily in Evanston, Ill., and graduated from EvanstonTownshipHigh School,
She graduated from CarletonCollege in Northfield, Minn., where she was bestowed the ceremonial honor of “May Queen.”
She was married to Bill Kraus of Marshfield/Stevens Point in 1947. They later divorced.
She spent 60 years in Stevens Point.
She was involved in and supported many nonprofit and arts organizations in PortageCounty, and some referred to her as a “one-woman foundation.”
She was the first woman to serve on a bank board in Stevens Point when she joined the board of the Bank of Park Ridge. She was a founding member of the Women’s Fund of Portage County, Interfaith Caregivers and was a part owner of The Yarn Shop in Stevens Point, as well as being one of the original drivers for Meals on Wheels.
She had also been a Girl Scout leader.
Survivors include three daughters Nancy (Marlin Fors) Kraus and Sally(Harry Tracosas) Kraus, both of California, and Marcia (Russell Potter) Kraus, Madison; her former husband, Bill (Toni Sikes) Kraus, Wisconsin; one brother, Ted (Ellie) Davidson, Illinois; and four grandchildren.