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Mary Jane (Quann) Krause

February 25, 1922 ~ July 16, 2020 (age 98)


Mary Jane (Quann) Krause, of Wauwatosa, peacefully passed away on July 16, 2020, at the age of 98.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Henry Krause; father, Michael J. Quann; mother, Julia Ann Quann; stepmother, Edith Quann; sister, Martha Josephine Baltes and grandson Joshua Leonard Krause.

She is survived by her son, Thomas (Patti) Krause; daughter Mary Ann Krause; granddaughter Dr. Amanda Krause, grandson Tobias Krause, and other nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service to follow at a later date.

Mary Jane Krause was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1922 and peacefully died on July 16, 2020.She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1944 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She then taught art in LaCrosse Wisconsin from 1944-1946.

In the summer of 1946, she married her beloved, Bill Krause, and moved with him to Minneapolis. That fall, she began teaching in Robbinsdale, a suburb of Minneapolis until 1948. In 1949 her son Thomas was born followed by daughter Mary Ann in 1952.

After a break from teaching to raise their family, Mary Jane returned to teaching full time. In 1967, she was hired by the Waukesha School district as an elementary art teacher. Her teaching responsibilities took her to most of the fine Waukesha elementary schools.

Mary Jane retired from the Waukesha School District in 1984. Following her retirement, she continued to paint, garden and enjoy good fellowship with her family and numerous educational and social associations.

Memorial donations gratefully accepted for The Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison Wisconsin, in memory of Mary Jane and her father Michael J. Quann. Michael Quann was the first Zoo Directofor the Henry Vilas Zoo. 

Electronic memorial donations can use this link: Henry Vilas Zoo Memorial Donations. Please indicate that the tribute donation is in memory of Mrs. Mary Jane Krause. The recipient is

Or, you may mail memorial check donations directly to The Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield Wisconsin.

Mary Jane’s family is especially grateful for the compassionate assistance from Ascension At Home Hospice: especially Tia and Lisa.

Mary Jane is “now home.”



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