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Catherine L. Kraft, April 11, 1924 - January 3, 2017

Catherine L. Kraft
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Catherine L. Kraft passed away peacefully at Care Partner Memory Care on Birch Street in Eau Claire, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

She was born on April 11, 1924 in Menomonie to Fred and Catherine Reikowski.  She graduated from Menomonie High School.  In 1946, she met and married the love of her life, William E. “Bill” Kraft.  They celebrated 63 years of marriage before Bill’s death in 2009.  They had many years of enjoyment at their summer cabin on Tom Lake in northern Minnesota and winter home in Clearwater, Florida.

Catherine was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eau Claire for more than 50 years.  She retired after many years as a receptionist and dental assistant for Dr. Gordy Hanson in Eau Claire.

She is survived by her son Richard (Nancy) Kraft, daughter Mary (Byron) Boettcher of Eau Claire; five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and sisters, Mary and Margaret.

The family wishes to express their deepest thanks to the staff of Care Partners and Heartland Hospice for their extraordinary care giving.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Catherine’s name to Feed My People Food Bank, 2610 Alpine Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54703.

Memorial service will take place at 2 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home with Pastor Nathan Aaseng officiating. Memorial visitation will take place at the funeral home on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 1 pm until the time of service. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner, Wisconsin.

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Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Rhonda and David Boettcher January 11, 2017

    Dear Family,
    It is the end of an era as we say goodbye to our dear Aunt Kate. She and Uncle Bill were a wonderful couple, full of stories and always made the day go faster. Seems that my parents, Frank and Mabel Rossler, of Menomonie, were such favorites that in her last months when she wasn't always thinking as clearly as she had been, they became her ongoing conversation. When we visited in September, she was sure that everyone knew Frank and Mabel. I'm not sure she didn't think that I was Mabel. Even in her obvious decline, she was still a vibrant personality and she will certainly be missed. She gave me my first short haircut which I dearly loved. She shared so many recipes with our family. Tom Lake was a true treasure and I know that having them take ownership from Frank and Mabel was a real blessing. Oh the stories of adventure from that Minnesota cabin.
    God gives us special people in our lives to be role models. Aunt Kate was one of those to me and my family. May our memories fill us with the joy she gave us in life. Rest in peace Aunt Kate and join God's band of angels with all of our departed loved ones.

    Rhonda (Frank and Mabel's daughter) and David Boettcher

  2. Bob and Mary LaNou January 9, 2017

    Dick, Mary and families

    We are so sorry to hear that your mother passed. She was such a beautiful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bob and Mary

  3. Nephew Butch (Cliff), Lou Ann & Family - Rossler January 8, 2017

    Mary and Byron, Rick and Nancy and Family
    Aunt Kate was a beautiful lady who always had a joke at the ready to make you grin and a smile to make your day! Whenever they would come to the farm in Menomonie, it was always time for coffee, a story or two, some politics, talk about the Packers and to talk about how the family was doing. They along with Mabel and Frank are talking about the days gone by now, telling stories and wondering how the fishing is on Tom Lake. Aunt Kate brought joy to whomever she encountered and the world will miss her as so will I and my family. Know that Aunt Kate and Uncle Bill are at Peace and in God’s presence together. Remember her wit and the smile she wore as Aunt Kate influenced us all. May the Peace of God bring you comfort and support. You know assured that we are praying for you all. Love Butch and Family.

  4. Barb Kleven January 8, 2017

    Dear Mary, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. God bless you and hold you close. He loves you and so do I!

  5. Becki Berg (Johnson) January 8, 2017

    Mary....I am so sorry for your loss. Please extend my deepest sympathy to the family. I,too, have lost a loved one recently. My sister, Bonnie, passed away December 12. I know God will help us through our grieving process. Take care of yourself!

  6. Dr James M Abens January 8, 2017

    Sorry about Kate. I always enjoyed seeing her, Bill & all of you in the office. I hope you all can find grace & peace. Your old friend, Jim

  7. Dewayne L. Knott January 7, 2017

    Your dear Mother is at rest and with her Lord. Aunt Kathern was always fun to be around. I remember well visiting her and your Dad. Blessings and the peace that passes all understanding be with you all.

    Dewayne Knott

  8. Bill and Pat Wetzel January 6, 2017

    Mary and Byron, Rick and Nancy

    We are sorry to hear about your Mom's passing, but do know she is now at peace. My Mom has missed Catherine for quite awhile already. We often have reminded her of all the good times your folks and mine had together during their many years of friendship. May your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bill and Pat Wetzeld

  9. Susie Knott January 6, 2017

    Hugs to all of you and thankfulness that Aunt Kate can now be with Uncle Bill and she wanted to be all along. The picture of her is so good. She always looked like she was about to break into a smile, because of some joke she was telling or just from pure joy in living. Beautiful smile from a beautiful lady. Love, Susie