Loraine E. Krause
May 23, 2021
Age 89, passed away on May 23rd surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by husband, Fredric E. Krause. Survived by daughters: Carol Mellick (Mark), Gretchen Krause of Omaha, NE and Beth Caldwell (Bob) of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren: Sarah Svacina (Jacob) of Omaha, NE, Allison Mellick, Annelyn and Charlie Caldwell of Lincoln,NE; great-grandchildren: Vivian, Cecilia, Leo Svacina of Omaha, NE.
VISITATION: Wednesday, June 2nd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, June 3rd at 10:30am at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th Street. Memorials are suggested to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Open Door Mission, or Food Bank for the Heartland.
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Loraine Evelyn Krause passed away on May 23, 2021, surrounded by her family. She and her beloved twin sister, Loretta, were born in a farmhouse in Thornton, Iowa, in January of 1932 to the late Kenneth and Letha Dodge. They were side by side in most things until the two began their married lives. The sisters attended a one-room school until the ninth grade, along with their older brother, Wayne. In 1939 and 1945 two younger sisters, Norma and Myrna, came into Loraine’s family. Following high school Loraine and Loretta attended Teachers College for one year. Neither sister taking to the teaching profession, they next enrolled in an airline communications course and subsequently moved to Dayton, Ohio where they obtained civil service employment at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. From there Loraine moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she met, and later married, Fred Krause in 1958. Although the twins lived in different states, they maintained their twin bond. They died three weeks apart, Loraine from a brief fight with pancreatic cancer and Loretta from a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
After retiring from Ralston Public Schools, Loraine enjoyed traveling to Germany and took many trips and cruises across the United States. The Krause House in Ralston was known for their 4th of July parties and welcomed everyone to the party, keeping track yearly of the food shared and who attended. Loraine loved a party, playing dominoes, sharing a meal with her friends and family, and never met a cookie she didn’t like!
She enjoyed sewing and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church quilting group which raised money for the St. Paul Lutheran School by hand-quilting numerous quilts.
A lifelong love of music led Loraine to become a member of the German-American Society Sanger Choir. She also enjoyed singing with the Voices of Omaha yearly presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Loraine even joined the Voices of Omaha choir when they surprised Christmas shoppers at a mall on a busy December Saturday afternoon with a flash mob of the “Hallelujah Chorus”.
Preceded in death by husband of 56 years, Fredric E. Krause; her parents, Kenneth and Letha Dodge; brother, Wayne Dodge; twin sister, Loretta Suelter, brother-in-law, Jack Schwertley. Survived by daughters and their families: Carol and Mark Mellick, Gretchen Krause, Beth and Bob Caldwell; grandchildren: Sarah and Jacob Svacina, Allison Mellick, Annelyn and Charlie Caldwell; great-grandchildren: Vivian, Cecilia, Leo Svacina; sisters, Myrna Chamberlain (Bob), Norma Horn (Cliff); brother-in-law, Clarence Suelter; sisters-in-law, Nancy Schwertley, Sharon Dodge; and many dear friends who were like family.