Sister Marilyn Kraus, CHM


Sister Marilyn Kraus, CHM, 91, died at 10:36 a.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019, at LaHarpe Davier Health Care Center in LaHarpe, Ill.
Born July 26, 1927, in Keokuk, Iowa, she was the daughter of John and Minnie (Bruegger) Kraus.

Sr. Kraus

She graduated from Ss. Peter and Paul High School in Nauvoo, Ill., in 1945 and Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, in 1949. She became a member of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in September 1948, making perpetual vows in July 1954. She taught for 20 years in high schools in Ottumwa and Marshalltown, Iowa, and at Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa. She was granted an MS degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of public health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MA degree-emphasis on medical librarianship from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She received several National Science Foundation grants for summer study at various universities throughout the country. In September 1973 she was appointed Chief, Medical Library Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa. In August, 1995 she returned to Nauvoo and helped in the family businesses.

Surviving are two nephews: Daniel L. Kraus of Nauvoo, Illinois and Jonathan Kraus of Sunrise, Florida; five nieces: Cathy Crynes of Lakewood, Colorado, Deborah Allen of Nauvoo, Illinois, Diane Hauf of Annapolis, Maryland, Rosemary Flanagan of Canton, Georgia, Elaine Morthorst of Walkersville, Maryland and several grand-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister: Dorothy Morthorst; one brother: Elmer J. Kraus and two nephews: David and James Kraus.


Sister Marilyn was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Nauvoo Historical Society and served two years on the Board of Directors. She enjoyed plants and could be found giving water and TLC to those in boxes in front of the company businesses.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo with Father Tony Trosley as celebrant.

Burial was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Nauvoo.

Memorials may be made in her memory to: Sisters of Humility, 820 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, IA 52804, Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or School, P.O. Box 147, Nauvoo, IL 62354, or the Nauvoo Historical Society, 1380 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, IL 62354.

Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences to the family may be left at

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