On the 25th of December, my grandma, Patricia Jean Kraut (née Loudon) was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with COVID-19. On the evening of January 2nd, 2021 she passed away. She was 92.
Grandma Pat was my last surviving grandparent, and was a prominent figure both in my family and my life. She attended soccer games, swim meets, musicals (including Rent!), voice recitals, and anything else you asked her to be at, she’d be there. When I was younger I used to ask exclusively for two people to be at my birthday, Ms. Barker (my kindergarten teacher) and my grandma.
Grandma was an incredible woman. Born in McCook, Nebraska on April 3rd, 1928 she lived quite a few adventures, from participating on the swimming and diving team to teaching in a high school and later working at the CIA, all before settling down and raising five kids in Morgan Hill. I attribute some of my love for water to my grandma, with many early memories of swimming in her pool and her teaching me how to do backstroke (which ended up being my favorite stroke). In Morgan Hill, Grandma was very involved at Saint Catherine’s School and church, worked as a bookkeeper at Nob Hill Foods for many years, and made many dear friends over the years. After retiring, she enjoyed cruising with her brother Donald, and her sisters, Jackie and Phyllis.
My grandma was a strong woman who loved her grandchildren and would take any opportunity to show them off and brag about their achievements to anyone she could find. The times that she was most happy were when she saw her family happy.
The past 5 years I got the chance to spend more time with her, running errands, grabbing coffee, shopping trips (especially to Barnes and Noble) and just visiting with her. And those moments when I could “sneak” her in some contraband like orange slices, Necco wafers, and red vines shine out as bright spots, as she would stuff them in her purse and hustle them back to her room as fast as her walker could carry her. She was funny and stubborn and obviously had an insane sweet tooth (which we all inherited).
I was so lucky to have known and loved this woman and I am proud to carry her in my name and in my heart. None of this feels real, and Grandma didn’t deserve to go like this. I can’t say this more emphatically, please stay inside, don’t travel, wear a mask and respect the distancing protocols in place. It’s not worth it to lose those you love and to put so many health care workers at risk, especially being so close to the vaccine being available.
Grandma is preceded in death by her son, Dr. Joseph W Kraut Jr., and her siblings Roy Loudon Jr., Donald Loudon, Adeline Powell, Janet Brown and Jackie Graham. She is survived by her children; Mary Kraut, Frances Dolida, Matthew Kraut, Karen Kraut, her nine grandchildren and her sister Phyllis Lyons. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the Family asks that a donation may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society https://www.nationalmssociety.org/
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