Mary Judith KRAUS

Mary Judith Kraus

SPRINGFIELD - 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; 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.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from May 14 to May 17, 2013