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Elaine M. Kral

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Kral, Elaine M.
81, entered peacefully into rest on November 15, 2015. Elaine, known to family and friends as "Toots", was born June 12, 1934, in Juniata, Nebraska, the daughter of Edward and Loretta Portz. After graduating from Roseland High School and working as a Secretary, she met Joseph "Joe" Kral at a dance while he was home on military leave. Joe returned overseas to continue serving in the Korean War and the couple began writing letters, which soon turned into love letters. They were married on February 3, 1955 in Nebraska. Joe and Elaine moved their young family and called Phoenix their home for the past 53 years. She was employed by Motorola for over 20 years until her retirement. Being with her family is what brought Elaine the most joy. She enjoyed many family vacations, camping trips and backyard barbeques with them. Elaine is preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, and an infant son. She leaves loving memories to be cherished by her surviving sister, Antoinette Billesbach and brothers, Robert Portz and Bill Portz; her
five children Cindy Bigelow (Steve), Peggy Renz (Ken), Jeff Kral (Susan), Greg Kral, Debbie Stanton (Bill); 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at 12:30 pm on Monday, November 23, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3630 N 71st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85033.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 21, 2015
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