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JoAnn Kraft

JoAnn  Kraft

JoAnn M. Kraft

December 22, 1934 – January 29, 2019

On January 29th, we lost a wonderful loving Mom due to complications from pneumonia. She is survivedby her two brothers, Bud Bauer (Arkansaw, WI) and Dan Bauer (Middleton, WI); her children, JoEllenKraft and Margie Sinton (Silverthorne, CO), Bob Kraft (Apache Junction, AZ) and Sue Kraft (Gold Canyon,AZ). She is preceded in death by her husband Toby and parents Paul and Ethel Bauer of Arkansaw.

JoAnn will be remembered for many things including her love of music. She played the organ for St. Joseph’s Church and was an active member of the church for many years.

We would like to invite everyone who knew JoAnn to join us for a celebration of her life. Visitation will be on Friday, May 3rd at Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw, WI. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery following the mass.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Our deepest sympathies in the passing of JoAnn. She was an awesome neighbor and friend, always smiling and having stories to tell. She is missed!

  2. Joan and Ed Sievwright

    We have such fond memories of JoAnn and will miss her in this world and see her again in the next.

  3. Vicci Hutter Rosenberg

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a fine lady

  4. Tom and Lisa Lorenz

    We are so saddened to hear this. We've been gone from Morris for a long time, but we have keep in touch with her by letters and phone when writing got tougher. We loved her kind, caring, and sweet character. She will be deeply missed.

  5. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of JoAnn. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  6. Rita and Larry Gruber

    Larry and I have a lot of great memories of the good times we had with Toby and Joan. So sorry for your loss.

  7. Kim and Lynette Wagenbach

    So sorry to hear of JoAnn's death. She was such a sweet, loving person and welcomed everyone. We will miss her smile. May she rest in peace.

  8. Thom Rutherford

    Toby and Jo were life time friends and We wish "ALL the Best' to you ALL in your Loss of a wonderful MOM and LADY. WE Share in this loss, and send our heart felt Understanding!! Always a Friend, Thom Rutherford

  9. Judy and john parr

    Sorry about your loss

  10. Robert E Marier

    Joann, what a beautiful smile. I remember when my brother Jim and wife Nell, niece Marlyce and myself came to your home in Arkansaw. Joann played the player piano, that came from Grandma Bauer and we all sang. What a joy and love filled memories. God Bless you all. Bob and Dianne Harmon Marier

  11. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Our prayers are with you all. JoAnn always had a smile for everyone. She was a great friend and neighbor. She will be missed by many.

  12. Judi and Jack Scholz

    Our hearts ache at the news of JoAnn’s passing. She was a sweet, kind, loving and caring person. What a blessing it was to have had her in our lives. Who will ever forget that beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes and that lovely, distinctive voice! She is a welcomed addition to the choir of heavenly angels, for certain! Thoughts of JoAnn ... and Toby always bring a smile to our face and warmth to our hearts. With love and deepest sympathy to her beloved children and all our Bauer cousins!

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