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October 18, 2014
My sympathy to the entire Kraft family over the tremendous loss of Joe. As I read his obituary I couldn't help but thin of what a role model he was to everyone. Cherish your many happy memories and know that Joe's love will always be with you.

I attended elementary school with Joe. I believe his mother and my mother were second cousins and so Joe and I always addressed each other as cuz! The great kid grew into an even greater man.
June 10, 2014
To Linda and Family, My heart is broken to hear about the loss of Joe, he was an awesome man and a wonderful KraftSeal boss. Tina Dunn
April 28, 2014
My Graduate School Buddy Joe, I'll always have great memories of our times together. God Bless!!!
March 26, 2014
Dear Kraft family,
Our family is very sorry for your loss. Adam and Anna went to school with Danny and Tracy, giving Monica and me the chance to spend time with Joe at St. Joseph's events. We have such good memories of these times. Joe was not only good company but also a model parent. We hope that the wonderful memories that you have of him help to assuage your loss. Adam and Anna have both asked that we extend their condolences as well.
All our sympathy and best wishes--
The Cornille Family
March 25, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was strong in his faith, his love of family, and his loyalty to his friends. He will indeed be greatly missed!
March 24, 2014
To Linda and Family - Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband, Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Denise Loeber Landis and the Loeber Family
March 23, 2014
Mr Kraft was a very nice gentleman and we enjoyed being with him the time we were. God be with him and his family. Robert and Terry Jones of Macedonia, Ohio.
March 23, 2014
I forgot to sign my name .I went to grammar school with Joe.He was always gentle , fun and loving.Everything Pat Nelley said about Joe was true.You are all in my prayers, Mary Alice Cuny
March 22, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss….. May God hold Joe in the palm of his hand… The Henriksen & Talhami Familes
March 22, 2014
So sorry to hear of Joes death. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I went to grammar school with him at St. Mary of the Woods.He always was a great guy.Gentle and loving !
March 22, 2014
Our sincere and deepest sympathy to Linda and the Kraft Family on the loss of Joe. Tom and Rita Barrett
March 21, 2014
May God bless the entire family
March 21, 2014
Things you should know about Joe Kraft:

Joe could throw a baseball from the tree in front of the park-house to third base at the Pony League diamond on one hop... at the ripe old age of 12...

If you do not understand the significance of this feat... then you probably didn't grow up in Edgebrook...

At the age of 14, Joe could hit a game-pitch past the flagpole that was located in deep centerfield ( now located in left field )... The pants flying on that flagpole usually belonged to some seventh grader who couldn't run fast enough...

If you do not understand the flagpole reference... then you probably didn't grow up in Edgebrook...

As you might imagine, Joe became a Varsity Baseball Player at Notre Dame College Prep...

At Northeastern Illinois University, Joe played Varsity Basketball...

During one of those seasons, Joe met a young cheerleader by the name of Linda Sykes... First Date -- Bears Game -- Wrigley Field...

Married to Linda on the Fourth of July some years later, Joe became the head of a household... Actually, that was the second time in his life that Joe Kraft became the head of a household...

If you do not understand this.........It's the Edgebrook thing again....

In this case, saving the best for last is to tell you about what came first...

In the very early days at St. Mary of The Woods School, Joe Kraft was probably the only student who could get a pat on the back from Sister Mona -- Sister Stephanie -- Bob Thompson – Casey The Janitor -- Father Somerville -- and Monsignor O'Rourke all on the same day for a "job well done"...

Joe Kraft did everything... For everybody... All the time...

There is a school of thought that speaks to the idea that when we die, we simply "pass through a door" and life goes on exactly the same...

If that's true, it would seem that even though Joe is no longer here with us... we are with him, wherever he is now...

Thanks for everything Joe Kraft...

See you next time around... In Edgebrook...
March 21, 2014
Dear family and friends we are sorry for your loss.Draw close to God during this difficult time and He will draw close to you-James 4:8.
March 21, 2014
The Bonk Family sends their deepest sympathy for your loss.

Mary Ann, Eileen Streed, Kim Banks, Ellen Keith and Tracey Martin
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