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Joan "Joanie" L. Kraus (Reynolds)

Friday, March 4th, 1949 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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Joan “Joani” L. Kraus passed away April 12, 2020 at her residence with family by her side.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 15 from 4-8 P.M. at Bridgman Funeral Home of Scottsbluff. A private family graveside service will also take place at East Lawn Cemetery in Minatare.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Festival of Hope in Scottsbluff. Online condolences may be made for the family at

Joani was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 4, 1949 to William and Louise (Capponcelli) Reynolds. She graduated from Hope High School in 1966. She met her future husband Gary Kraus shortly after graduation while he was stationed at Quonset Point Naval Station and they were married on August 31, 1968. After their first child Todd Kraus was born and Gary was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Nebraska and had their second child Vonda Kraus (Zamarripa).

Joani took some classes on and off at WNCC and worked as a receptionist at Dana Cole and Company Accounting where everyone she encountered was a friend. She was always a face at WNCC volleyball and basketball games. She enjoyed reading, quilting, knitting, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her friends for dinner and conversation, becoming a regular at the Gering Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Louise; sister Jean; father-in-law Fred; daughter Vonda (2004); and husband Gary (2009).

Joani is survived by her son Todd of Bridgeport; grandson Jonah; son-in-law Art Zamarripa, both of Denver; sister Roberta (Kenneth) Bailey of Providence; mother-in-law Irene Kraus of Florida; brother-in-law Rick (June) Kraus of Florida, as well as several nieces and nephews.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bridgman Funeral Home
    2104 Broadway
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  • Interment

    East Lawn Cemetery
    East Highland Road
    MINATARE, NE 69356
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pat ream

Posted at 06:42pm
I met Joani when our children went to school at Minatare. I really loved this lady. We went to church also at Minatare. I have nothing but great memories of Joani. I believe you are in heaven with my daughter Val. May you both rest in peace may your souls be in heaven. Amen.

Cheryl Greif

Posted at 07:25pm
Joanie you will be missed. My mother Ella Slater worked with Joanie in the accounting office. Also my parents camped with Fred/Irene. So had close ties with the family for years. I will miss visiting with Joanie on the phone.
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Cheryl Slater Greif ❤

Posted at 03:02pm
Joani was such a good friend to me. I will cherish the memories of the good times we had. I enjoyed working with her at the accounting office. She will be missed so much. Prayers and deepest sympathy to her family.

Sharon Sterkel

Your Rhode Island family: Chris, Heather, and Ling

Posted at 08:45pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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Bobbie and Ken

Posted at 06:12pm
Rest In Peace dearest sister. We know that you are now residing in the blessed arms of God accompanied by His holy angels.
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