12 Dec In Memoriam
Verda Laverne Krause passed quietly into the kingdom of Heaven on December 8, 2016 at 5:30 am in Austin. She was 90 years old, coming to this earth on December 21, 1925.
Verda was born near Round Top, TX (now Round Top Retreat), to Alfred and Delta (Albers) Spies. She was baptized into Christ on April 5, 1926, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 17, 1940, both at the (German) Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. She attended Round Top-Carmine High School. Verda married Wilbert Walter Krause at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top on September 29, 1945.
After graduation from high school, Verda attended Durham’s Business College in Houston. Among the places she worked were Hobbs Trailer Mfg. in Houston, and in Austin at the Texas Employment Commission, Krause Construction and IBM. She also worked during the elections for Travis County, and her house’s garage was a polling place.
Verda was very proud of her German heritage, and she spoke the language, went to German services, and danced the polka. She was involved with many organizations including the Saengerrunde, Girl Scouts, Vacation Bible School, the LWML at Hope Lutheran, and the Sprinkle TEEA of Travis County, where she was a Texas Treasure Award winner and Outstanding Member. Verda also participated in the Sons of Hermann Lodge 120, the SPJST Lodge 18, RSVP, and AARP Chapter 2700. She enjoyed volunteering at St. David’s Hospital, and with the Prayers and Squares group at Hope Lutheran. In her “spare time” she went dancing, on daily walks in the neighborhood, and belonging to the Reagan High School Booster Club. She took joy in attending all the activities of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Verda would often be found working with her flowers or in her vegetable garden.
Verda lived in several places in Texas including Carmine near Round Top, Houston, Warrenton, Fayetteville, Waldeck, Ellinger, LaGrange, South and North Austin, and in Buckner Villas. During her life she attended Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top, and in Austin, St. John’s Lutheran and Hope Lutheran.
Verda Krause was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Delta Spies, baby brother Sonny, sister Melba Muske (and husband Leander), brother Allan (and wife Evelyn), and brother-in-law Leon Boecker. She is survived by her sister Floradell Boecker of Brenham, her daughter Donna and husband Jim Grimm of Hutto, and son Danny and wife Kris of Austin. She also leaves behind six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.