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Barbara Kraska, 73

Barbara Kraska, 73, of Lancaster, Minnesota passed away at the
Karlstad Healthcare Center in Karlstad, Minnesota on Monday, May
23rd, 2011.  Barbara Lou Nielsen was born November 5, 1937 at
Zimmerman, Minnesota, the daughter of Rasmus and Mildred (Brandt)
Nielsen.  She grew up in Zimmerman and was the youngest of eight
children.  Barbara graduated from Elk River High School in 1955 and
worked in Minneapolis as a secretary and bank teller.  On March 8,
1958 she married Leo Kraska at Webster, South Dakota.  The lived in
Hopkins, Minnesota until 1966 when they moved to the family farm in
Richardville Township near Lancaster.  Barbara worked in the cafe in
Lancaster and at Margie’s in Hallock.  She also worked at the
Lancaster Liquor Store for 20 years, retiring in 1998.  Leo passed
away in 1990.  She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
    Family members include four sons, Jon (Cindy) Kraska, North Bend,
OR, Joseph (Angel Yonke) Kraska, Lancaster, James Kraska, Lancaster
and Butch (Deb) Kraska, Stephen, MN; a daughter, Jennifer (Loren)
Hagen, Montgomery, MN; 17 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a
brother, Walter Nielsen, Big Lake, MN; two sisters, Margurite
Swanson, Zimmerman, MN and Bertha Sanders, St. Paul; as well as
nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents;
husband and four brothers, Bob, Bill, Lester and Phillip.
    Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 10:30
a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, rural Lancaster.  Interment will
be in the church cemetery.  Rev. William DeCrans,  presiding; Judy
Kukowski, organist and Galen Nordin, soloist.  Casket bearers will be
Barbara’s grandsons, Shane Kraska, Cody Kraska, Casey Kraska, Matt
Clinton, Shawn Hamilton, Mike Rose, Joshua Kraska and Jordan Kraska.
Visitation will be held at the Austin Funeral Chapel on Thursday
evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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