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“Mrs. Kraus was a great gymnastics coach and nice person. I have many fond memories! My sincere sympathy, Bridget ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Bridget Walsh Stone - Springfield, IL

“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...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Miller - Ouray, CO

“I remember Ms. Kraus from when she taught gymnastics at Franklin Middle School. Rick, Carol, and Jennifer my thoughts are with you. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tedd Ward Jr. - Petersburg, IL

“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...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Janet Ann Regan Burghart - IL

“My thought are with you and your family. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Michaele Talbert - Girard, IL

“I am so sorry to hear about Mary Judith. I know she will be dearly missed by her friends and family. Jody Hahn ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jody Hahn - Springfield, IL

“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...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jorie Houlihan (Margie Schramm) - IL

“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...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Marvin Anderson - Springfield, IL

“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! ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Diana Miller - Petersburg, IL

“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...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Joe Feiden - Petersburg, IL


Mary Judith Kraus, 75, of Springfield, died at 6:47 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. John's Hospice.

Mary was born October 1, 1937 in Springfield, the daughter of Oscar Carl and Mary Agnes Rhoades Johnson. She married Richard Allen Kraus on March 2, 1957 in Peoria, and he preceded her in death in 2001.

Mary graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1955 and earned a scholarship to the Edna L. McRae School of Ballet in Chicago. She was a professional dancer and toured all over the United States and Canada. She taught dancing at the Jo and Joey Mack Studio and then opened the Kraus Professional School of Dancing in 1966. She taught and judged gymnastics from 1970–2010 at the YMCA, YWCA, and Midstate Gymnastics Academy. Mary was the recipient of the 2010 Illinois Lifetime Achievement Award from the USAG and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert and Charles Johnson.

She is survived by her son, Richard A. (Kathryn) Kraus of Dawson; two daughters, Carol A. Kraus and Jennifer D. Hylton, both of Springfield; six grandchildren, Andrea Kraus, Nicholas Hylton, Joshua Hylton, Raymond Kraus, Zachary Hylton, and Samantha Hylton; one great-grandchild, Amelia Hylton; and one brother, Thomas Johnson of Rockford, IL.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

The family will host a Memorial Gathering at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Elks Club, 409 East Lake Dr., Springfield.