Katharina “Kathy” Wolfe Krause (nee Wall), age 76, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Meadows, Swift Current, SK.
Kathy is survived by her children, Laurie (Kelly) Jones, Lance (Corrie) Krause, and Lisa (Jeff) Wall; her grandchildren, Jesse (John) Jones, Mackenzie (Mike) Jones, Micheal (Rayelle) Krause, Rick Johnston, Daryl (his children, Tatiana, Tessa, and Daxx) Johnston, Kerri Wall, Dakota Wall, and Katie Wall; her siblings, Jack (Karin) Wall, Marie Giesbrecht, Abram (Linda) Wall, Gertrude (Ken) Dyck, Sarah Schmidt, Agatha (Bob) Krahn, Helen Osbourne, Barb Loeppky, Liz Wall, David (Sheree) Wall, Margaret (Kevin) Harcourt, and Vera Fehr; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Kathy was predeceased by her husband, Everett Lloyd Krause; her parents, Henry & Marie Wall; Everett's parents, John & Elizabeth Krause; her siblings, Hein Wall, Nettie Wall, Dickie Wall, Isaac Wall, and Julius Wall; her brothers-in-law, Herbert Krause, Tiny Giesbrecht, Henry Schmidt, Jim Osbourne, JJ Ackerman, Dennis Loeppky, and John Fehr; and by her sisters-in-law, Maria Wall and Tina Wall.
Kathy was born August 12, 1941 to Henry & Maria Wall on the family homestead near Swift Current, where she grew up. She went to school in Swift Current and completed grade eleven. Kathy married Everett Lloyd Krause December 3, 1960 at First United Church in Swift Current. The rest of the family came along with their firstborn, Laurie Lynn (November 1961), then Lance Lyndon (January 1964), and Lisa Marie (May 1966). Kathy worked at the Swift Current Union Hospital and several hotel establishments throughout her life — which she enjoyed very much, because she was such a people person. She loved to visit with family and friends as often as she could. In 1973, they moved the family to the farm west of Swift Current. This was where she taught her children a strong work ethic and about the circle of life.
When Kathy got sick in the 1980's, her family rallied together to help Everett & Kathy, and their children out for a number of years. “For that, we are all so grateful. Thank you is not even close to what we would like to say to all of our family members for all of the wonderful things they have done for us throughout all of her tough years struggling through all of her sicknesses, heart attacks and strokes, cancer, and surgeries. Our heartfelt thank you's to all of her family and all of the staff at the Swift Current Union Hospital and care centers who took care of whenever she was in there.”
After Everett's passing in 1995, Kathy returned to Swift Current, where she lived until her passing — making many new friends, helping and visiting all those people that needed a friendly smile or a hug. Thankfully, she was always available to watch and take care of all her grandchildren. “Thank you, Mom, we are all forever grateful.” Kathy's interests changed as she became involved within her church community. She thoroughly enjoyed creating greeting cards for members of the congregation at East Side Church of God and studying Stephen Ministries. She was active within the Amway community for a good portion of her life, which led her on many trips including Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, and her favourite — Florida, with Laurie and Kelly. Her last trips included a tour of Prince Edward Island with Laurie, Kelly, and Kelly's mom, Margaret, and a trip to Nanaimo, where she visited sisters, nieces, and nephews.
Kathy was affectionately known as "Grandma" to many people, whether they were her grandkids or not. She enjoyed babysitting and spending time with her family. She rarely forgot someone’s name, and was quick to give a hug to everyone. Her extended family expanded daily as she met new people each and every day.
The Funeral Service for Kathy Krause was held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm from East Side Church of God, Swift Current, SK with Pastor Kevin Snyder officiating. “Open the Eyes of My Heart” was sung by the congregation under the leadership of Bob Jamieson, with Nancy Peters serving as pianist. Special music was brought by Bob Jamieson, who sang “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” and “I Can Only Imagine,” and by Kevin & Margaret Harcourt, who sang "Suppertime." The tribute was given by Laurie Jones, followed by a photo presentation. The ushers in the church were Shane Wall, Curtis Wall, Shawn & Rachel Hiebert.
The Private Interment Service will be held at a later date from Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Daryl Johnston, Rick Johnston, Dakota Wall, Jesse Jones, John Olendesca, and Micheal Krause serving as Pallbearers.
In memory of Kathy Krause, donations made to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.
Canadian Diabetes Association
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