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Grisier~Weigel Funeral Home - Delta
Wednesday February 3rd, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Mary Louise Krauss

Mary Louise Krauss, age 81, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Thursday evening, January 28, 2021, at Northcrest Nursing Home in Napoleon.  She was born June 7, 1939 in Morenci, Michigan to Ivan and LaFern (Shoemaker) Leu.  Mary was a 1957 graduate of Swanton High School, and married William Krauss on June 8, 1957.

Mary was co-owner with her husband, Bill, and secretary for 33 years, for M&W Excavating. Mary was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Delta Area Mothers of Twins.  She loved playing BINGO and was an avid reader, especially James Patterson novels.

Mary is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bill; sons, John C. (Debbie) Krauss of Delta, OH; daughters, Jane M. Krauss of Swanton, OH and Joyce A. (Gary) Short of Archbold, OH; daughter-in-law, Carol Rupp; 7 grandchildren, Brandon (Jeanelle) Krauss, Bobby Krauss, Brianna (Mike) Turner, Charles (Sara) Krauss, Blake Krauss, Brooke (Alex) Bernath and Austin (Ashley) Short; 6 great-grandchildren, Addilyn, Kendall, Kinsley, Beckett, Hudson and Jeffrey; her brother, James H. (Judy) Leu of Delta, OH; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jeffrey L. Krauss and granddaughter, Alexa Krauss.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where funeral services will be held at 12:00 (Noon) with Pastor Todd Milner officiating.  Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring Hospice.

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Mary and I were good school friends. We shared lots of fun times.We were graduates class of 1957 at Swanton High School.Mary you rest in Peace.

Bonnie Lemmon Gray Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Krauss

Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

We extend our condolences and prayers to the Krauss family. God be with you all.

Rick & Hoilyn McKibben Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

We spent lots of time together in the School at Swanton, then met again at class reunions in Swanton and Delta. We walked to school and back home as children.
Friend and Classmate from SHS 1957
Norma (Wiles) Thomas-Herr

Norma Thomas-Herr Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

I am the youngest of the 7 Shoemaker cousins. My family lived a 4-hour drive away from the rest of the clan. I liked nothing better than trips to gather together, often at Mary and Bill's, to reconnect with aunts, uncles and cousins (and to eat good food!). Mary's voice and laugh could be heard the instant you opened the door. I remember a Thanksgiving that was held at their house and I noticed that there was a big pot of spaghetti, in addition to the turkey and ham. That was very confusing to me, having never seen spaghetti served for Thanksgiving dinner. That was just Mary, taking care of her husband, who didn't like turkey! Such a caring and spunky woman who will truly be missed.

Shelley Deatrick Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Bob McCreery
I am a cousin of Mary's and my memories go back to the 1950's. I consider Mary the matriarch of the Shoemaker cousins of which there were originally 7. Her voice and laugh were a signature of hers and so enjoyable, Mary and Bill built a good business and a great family through hard work and love. She was the driving force behind the Shoemaker reunions stocked with great food and lots of enjoyable updates on everyone's family. I'm very sadden by her lose and my heart and love goes out to Bill, John, Jane, Joyce and Jim and their families. A good life well lived. Rest in peace, Mary.

Robert McCreery Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM