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Obituary for Sylvia Jean "Cookie" (Nanscawen) Kraus


Sylvia Jean “Cookie” (Nanscawen) Kraus, 81, of La Crosse, peacefully left this life to be with the Lord Saturday, June 8, 2019, surrounded by her family, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born in La Crosse to Frank and Rowena (Kerr) Nanscawen. She married Robert Kraus in November of 1959. Sylvia was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and very good friend to many as well as being a faithful Christian. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, watching her beloved Brewers in person and on TV, attending concerts and the theater, and playing Mahjong and Bridge. Sylvia also was a fabulous baker and enjoyed cooking and baking, especially during the holidays. Sylvia volunteered at Catholic Charities and at the St. Clare Health Mission. Sylvia is survived by one sister, Sharon (Larry) Norris; her children, Karen (Mike) Rosencrance, Sue Kraus, Mary (Kurt) Kiel, and Robert “Tony” (Kate) Kraus; eight grandchildren, Nathaniel, Chelsie, Courtney, Sarah, and Sydney Kraus, and David, Kelsey, and Alexander Rosencrance; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Elijah, and Madison Kraus, and Lily Rosencrance; and many nieces and nephews. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, Robert; and sisters, Bobbi (Les) Knutson and Jackie (Jack) Kaemer. A celebration of her life will take place from 4 pm until 7 pm Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Moose Lodge, 1932 Ward Ave., La Crosse. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements.