Roger Kraus

Kraus, Roger C.

Roger C. Kraus, 83, of Sheboygan passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Center.

Roger was born on May 19, 1930 in Johnsburg, a son of the late William and Anna (Birschbach) Kraus. He graduated with the Class of 1948 of Chilton High School and then attended UW-Madison where he earned a certificate in cheese and butter making. He assisted his father in the family cheese making business in Johnsburg and later operated a cheese factory in Tisch Mills. On October 20, 1951 he was united in marriage to Doris Steenport at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. For 38 years he was a route salesman for the Continental Baking Company and as a result was well known as "Twinkie." His friendliness, great personality and wonderful smile made him well known throughout Sheboygan County. Roger enjoyed playing the accordion, playing cards, attending polka festivals and boating on Lake Winnebago.

Roger was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church where he was involved with the food pantry and served as an usher. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council, a member of the Catholic Knights, the Sheboygan Outboard Club, serving as its commodore for a year, and the Teamster Retiree Club.

Roger is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris, his sons, Stephen (Diane) Kraus of Waunakee, WI, Thomas Kraus of Milwaukee and Mark (Virginia) Kraus of St. Louis, MO; his daughter, Jean (Glen) Genske of Sheboygan; his grandchildren, Fred Genske, Eric Kraus, Michael Kraus, Zachary, Benjamin, Anthony, Dominic and Gabriel Kraus; a great grandson, Tyler Kraus and a sister, Mildred Burckle of Fond du Lac. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 25 at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Lasecki as celebrant. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum. Family and friends may gather at the church, N. 21st and Geele Ave. on Thursday from 12 noon until the time of Mass at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his name.

Rogers' family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the doctors and staff of St. Nicholas Hospital, the staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and those who assisted Roger with wonderful care and compassion.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Funeral Home

Reinbold Novak Funeral Home
1535 South 12th Street Sheboygan, WI 53081

Published in Sheboygan Press on July 23, 2013