Nancy

December 18, 1938 ~ February 8, 2021

Born in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resided in: Torrance, California

Nancy Kraus (née Jacque), a 53-year resident of Torrance, California, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 in Torrance. Born 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nancy was 82. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank; her sister Kathy Ertl (Don); her sons Jeff (Carol), Jack (Connie), Jayson (Marie), and Jed (Shari); and four grandchildren.

Nancy was always up for an adventure, from traveling the country in their RV, to boat rides down a river, to riding roller coasters with her grandchildren. When not on the road she was busy gardening and staying connected with family/friends through visits, cards, and notes. Her greatest joy was gathering the family together and sharing her love.

Plans for services will be made at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James Catholic Church, Redondo Beach.

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  1. candle 4To Nancy’s family, my deepest condolences. I worked with Nancy at El Camino College, before moving to northern California in 1999 and then returned in 2014. Nancy was a sweetheart and an awesome coworker. May she rest in peace.

  2. candle 2Went to Cedarburg High School with Nancy. She was always just the sweetest gal. I see her picture, posing in front of our new building, on the first page of the 1956 Cedariel, as our our Yearbook editor, and again on pg. 35 as a McCall’s Magazine award winner. Everyone liked her.

  3. candle 8My sister, my best friend…we lived so far apart but were always close at heart. I’ll miss you forever, my loving sister.

  4. Betty and David Yates
    Bon Voyage Nancy – A heartfelt “hope to see you later” to a true friend, a lovely lady and a wonderful person.

  5. Met Nancy in the early ’60’s when I started dating Frank’s brother Jim. Didn’t really have a chance to get to know her before they moved to California, but the times we did get together over the years, I cannot picture Nancy without a smile on her face. She was a gracious hostess, always presented a neat and stylish appearance, was a good listener and an all around nice person and kind soul.

  6. candle 4We met Nancy shortly after the family moved to California. We had many family parties and went on a lot of RV trips. On one trip to Yosemite, NAncy, who did not like heights, reluctantly agreed to climb to the top of half-dome. She was really proud of her accomplishment. We had such good times together and she will be dearly missed.

  7. candle 4We met Nancy shortly after the family moved to California. We had many family parties and went on a lot of RV trips. On one trip to Yosemite, Nancy, who did not like heights, reluctantly agreed to climb to the top of half-dome. She was really proud of her accomplishment. We had such good times together, and she will be dearly missed.

  8. candle 2Our condolences to the Kraus Family. To this day, my mother still has fond memories of Nancy and Frank.
    Sincerely,
    Your former neighbors from 1977-1983.

  9. candle 2We will always remember our fun family Thanksgiving celebrations at weedland with Aunt Nancy and Uncle Frank. Aunt Nancy you will be dearly missed. We are sending prayers, hugs, and love to the Kraus family.

  10. candle 1Cousin Nancy, you were always the nicest of the cousins a very sweet smiling gentle person but tough with all those boys you surely had to be …..my memories go back to the early days when you still lived in WI. When we would visit you played the piano and always seemed so adult as a teen. I remember babysitting a few times your older boys.
    Being the family genealogist I have so many photos of you as a child very few after you moved. But your visits over the years were always something to look forward to, you will be missed. Hugs to Frank, Jeff, Jack, Jayson, Jed and each of your families, Kathy & Don.

  11. Hello Kraus Family: I knew and enjoyed Nancy from when we all worked at El Camino. A group of us would go to dinner & go to local plays a few times a year. On more than one occasion, she hosted us at your home. She was always the nicest and had a smile for everyone. I am truly sorry for your loss.

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