Monday, January 17, 2011

Muriel J. (Harris) Kraft

Muriel J. Kraft, age 89, passed away Monday morning January 17, 2011, at Woodstock Health Center in Kenosha. Muriel was born in Racine September 5, 1921, daughter of the late Russell and Minnie (nee: Zuidweg) Harris.

Muriel graduated from Wm. Horlick High School. On August 19, 1944, she was united in marriage to Harvey R. Kraft, who preceded her in death on May 16, 1983. Together with her husband, they owned and operated Harvey’s Bar and Restaurant, a supper club on Sheridan Road in Kenosha, for many years. Muriel volunteered in the gift shop at St. Mary’s Medical Center for many years. Muriel was a kind, generous, patient and sweet woman. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Mary Jo (Jim Henke) Kraft of Racine, Barbara (Gary) Hill of Rockford, IL, David Kraft of West Allis, Sara (Richard) Hetland of Warrens, WI; seven grandchildren, Heidi (Rob) Pederson, Jennie Eaton, Greg (Julie) Hill, Adam (Brooke) Kraft, Amanda Haase (fiancé, Jason Ingle), Tony (Pam) Hetland, Katie Bassindale; 9 great-grandchildren, Jacob Pederson, Olivia and Hunter Hill, Mikayla Haase, Adison and Aden Kraft, Mitchell and Trenton Bassindale, Graydon Hetland; brother, Russell (Phyllis) Harris; sister, Arlene (John) Sorensen, all of Racine; brothers-in-law, Warren (Elizabeth) Kraft of SC, John (Jo) Kraft of TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Muriel was also preceded in death by her son, Harvey R. Kraft Jr.; and her sister, Gladys Simanek.

In accordance with Muriel’s wishes, private services were held Thursday, January 20, 2011, with entombment at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Woodstock Health Center Activities Department have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the entire staff at Woodstock Health Center for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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