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Mrs. Kraus was a great gymnastics coach and nice person. I have many fond memories!
My sincere sympathy,

Posted by: Bridget Walsh Stone - Springfield, IL - Gymnastics Coach & Confirmation   Sep 22, 2014

I have the fondest memories of my old coach Mary Judith! I felt so close to her that I would sometimes let Mom slip out instead of Mrs. Kraus. She was so warm and funny. I will always remember her as my favorite teacher/coach. I'm so sorry for your loss!

Posted by: Linda Miller - Ouray, CO - Gymnastics coach   May 28, 2013

I remember Ms. Kraus from when she taught gymnastics at Franklin Middle School. Rick, Carol, and Jennifer my thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Tedd Ward Jr. - Petersburg, IL - Friend   May 18, 2013

I knew Mary Judith from Betty Jo Mack's dancing school. She was an assistant teacher for my dance class when I was a little girl. I also took classes and taught dance for Mary Judith at her school when I was a teenager. She was a wonderful person and I loved her very much. She was my mentor and was instrumental in my dance career and my starting my own dance studio 28 years ago. I am sure she will

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Posted by: Janet Ann Regan Burghart - Rochester, IL - friend   May 16, 2013

My thought are with you and your family.

Posted by: Michaele Talbert - Girard, IL   May 16, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Mary Judith. I know she will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Jody Hahn

Posted by: Jody Hahn - Springfield, IL - Friend   May 15, 2013

I took gymnastics from Mrs. Kraus at the Y many, many years ago. She was a great coach and a great person. She looked out for her students. I was just thinking about her last week. I was in town and drove by the thought-to-be-haunted house she lived in on 5th St. I have great memories of her. Your family is in my thoughts.

Posted by: Jorie Houlihan (Margie Schramm) - Chicago, IL - Former student   May 14, 2013

I remember Ms. Krause as the semi mysterious mother of Jennifer my across 5th Street friend. I say semi mysterious because she always seemed to know exactly what we all were up to despite the fact that none of us ever saw her looking in on what we were doing. I believe to this day there was something wonderfully magical about Ms. Krause, and I will cherish and keep her memory with me always. Please accept the condolences of the Anderson family for your loss. M.

Posted by: Marvin Anderson - Springfield, IL   May 14, 2013

My deepest condolences to the Kraus family. My sister and I took dance lessons from Mary Judith. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!

Posted by: Diana Miller - Petersburg, IL - Former student   May 14, 2013

Mrs. Kraus was one of my favorite parents of friends of mine. I have fond memories of hanging out and visiting at her home. She was always very friendly and welcoming and seemed genuinely happy to see me.

Posted by: Joe Feiden - Petersburg, IL - Friend   May 13, 2013