Mary Margaret Karaus

Mary Margaret Karaus

May 21, 1932 – August 18, 2023

 VISITATION: Tuesday, August 22nd, 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:30am, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.  Interment, Springfield, NE Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

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Mary Margaret (Thomas) Karaus, 91, passed away peacefully at her Omaha home on Friday, August 18th, surrounded by family.  She was born May 21, 1932, in Beebeetown, Iowa.  Shortly thereafter her family moved to Council Bluffs, IA, where she remained until she married James Karaus on October 28, 1948.  Happily married for 57 years, Mary and James had four children – Michael William Karaus, Steven James Karaus, Arnold (Arnie) Alan Karaus, and Cynthia (Cindy) Michelle Karaus Holtmeyer.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband James Karaus, son Michael Karaus, sister Patricia Rickabaugh, and brother Frederick McCrickard.  She is survived by sons Steve, Arnie and spouse David Anson, daughter Cindy, 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Mary was a loving mother and grandmother, an avid Husker fan, and a great cook.  She successfully maintained her home and cooked meals on a daily basis for herself and daughter Cindy until the time of her death. 


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