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Dorothy Kraus


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Kraus Obituary
1927 - 2015 My witty, pretty mother died after a long run on planet earth. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Natalie and Stanley Stern, my mom was and always will be the adored baby sister of Beatrice Kahn. As a young woman, my mother modeled, graduated from Queens College and married my dad, comedy writing dentist Jack Kraus. While married, my mom was a licensed New York public school teacher, studied acting under Uta Hagen and attended Brooklyn Law School. For many years my stylish mom wrote fashion catalogues for major department stores, including Gertz, Gimble's, I. Magnin and Bergdorf Goodman, to name a few. If you've read a clothes ad in the last 50 years, chances are you've read my mother's prose. My mother was a proficient seamstress and a visiting instructor at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Widowed at a young age, my mother moved to San Francisco where she was a long time member of the Metropolitan Club, emceeing many of their events. My mom started the club's annual Hat Day, a tradition which carries on. My mom was the owner of The Arts Made Lively and spoke on the life and fashion of Coco Chanel. As a deputized San Francisco Commissioner, my mom officiated numerous weddings, including same sex marriages, long before the Supreme Court spoke. My mom was a fun, feisty lady who made silly faces and called pudding pudgin, for no particular reason. My mother is survived by me, daughter Amy-Hannah Broersma, her precious grandson Jack Kraus Broersma and former son in law Dirk Broersma, who she loved. My mom is also survived by her sister's wonderful children, niece Frances Rice and husband Maury; nephew Robert Kahn and wife Rebecca, and their extended families. Robert and Fran did their mom proud, carrying on their mother's legacy of looking out for their beloved Aunt Dot. Long time San Francisco neighbor Jeri Ospital, who extended my mom many kindnesses and friend Elaine Ozarow, who my mom met at a bus stop on the way to Bayside High School seven decades ago also survive my mom. Dear friend Alma Sohmer of New York, where are you? Thank you to the community at Silverado Beverly Place, Los Angeles. Angels all.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 18 to July 19, 2015
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