Leona Catherine (Kraus) Karls

Leona Catherine (Kraus) Karls, 102, of Brothertown, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2023 at SSM Hospice Home of Hope, Fond du Lac.

Prior to her stay at SSM Hospice Home, Leona was a resident of St. Francis Terrace Assisted Living where she enjoyed the company of her residents, social gatherings, exercise classes, bingo, daily mass services, and her rosary prayer service group.

Leona was born on December 26, 1920, in St. Peter, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Joseph & Gertrude (Sabel) Kraus.

Leona married Joseph P, Karls on October 2, 1945 at St. Peter Catholic Church. Joseph preceded Leona in death on October 9, 2009.

Leona is survived by a daughter, Mary (Tom) Stilp; her sons, James (Teresa) Karls, and Thomas Karls; grandchildren, Brenda (Patrick) Karls-Skalecki and Mark (Melissa) Karls, Brian (Dawn) Hanke and Lisa (Nick) Bretl; great grandchildren, Austin and Lindsey Skalecki, Braeden and Cody Karls, Dominick and Grant Bretl.

She was preceded in death by her four sisters, Viola Schmitz, Marilyn Mueller, Minerva Birschbach, and Irma Kraus, and a brother Eugene Kraus.

Per Leona’s wishes, a private family funeral service with a Catholic Christian Burial Mass will take place. She was a member of Holy Family Parish and will be laid to rest at the Chapel of the Risen Christ, Calvary Mausoleum, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

The family thanks Fr. Adrian (St. Francis); Fr. Ryan (Holy Family Parish); Chaplain Even; the nurses and staff at SSM Hospice and St. Francis Terrace for the wonderful care and compassion given to Leona. Also, to “Dorothy” a special St. Francis resident and friend who was one of Mom’s rosary group members, for her visits and support. The family also thank the nieces and nephews for their visits, cards, and gifts.