CHESHIRE – Patricia (Cowie) Kraus, 90, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. She was the wife of the late Theodore C. Kraus, who passed away in 2014.
Mrs. Kraus was born on February 25, 1931 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late John and Ann (Stamm) Cowie. She was a retired private practice psychologist.
Mrs. Kraus is survived by her children, Michael and his wife Kelly of Naugatuck, Martin and his wife Carolyn of Cheshire, Richard and his wife Monika of Harwinton, Julianne Kraus of Plantsville, and Daniel and his wife Dina of Nashville, Tenn.; her nine grandchildren, Lauren, Rachel, Kelsey, Raegan, Nicholas, Jessica, Rebecca, Harrison and Maxwell; and her great-grandchild Caleb. She was predeceased by her brother Robert, and is survived by her brother John.
Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Louis, where she was the only female chemistry student, and where she met her husband of 58 years, Ted. As a homemaker, Pat was a talented seamstress, crafter, and quilter. After raising five children, she went back to school and earned multiple advanced degrees including a Ph.D. in Psychology (marriage and family studies) from the University of Connecticut. She was also a published author. A woman of great faith, Pat sang in the choir, served as eucharistic minister, and belonged to the Woman’s Guild at St. Bridget’s parish. She often spoke about her spiritual journey.
Arrangements – Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 11 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., to St. Bridget of Sweden Parish / St. Thomas Becket Church, 435 North Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery. Calling hours will be held today, June 10, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451 (www.flcenter.org). For online condolences and to share a story or a picture, please visit www.fordfh.com.