Charles J. "Chick" Kraus

Charles J. "Chick" Kraus, 83, of Boca Raton Florida, formerly of New Castle and Ellwood City, passed away peacefully at Boca Raton Regional Hospital on Sunday morning, May 22 2011.

He was born in Ellwood City PA on March10 1928 to the late Maurice "Morey" Kraus and the late Belle Selkovits Kraus. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, class of 1946, and was a veteran of the US Army, serving during World War II as a staff sergeant during the Occupation of Japan. He was Executive Director of the Lawrence County Housing Authority in the 70's and 80's, and was a well known businessman, developer, and entrepreneur, building several local buildings. He was a member of Scottish Rite Masons, and Bnai Brith. He also served for many years on the Tifereth Israel Cemetery Board in Neshannock Twp. While living here, he belonged to the Children of Israel Congregation in Youngstown OH. He enjoyed sailing and beekeeping and most of all, his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine Leav Kraus, whom he married on August 9 1953. He is also survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Michael G. (and Cheryl) Kraus of Pittsburgh; Robert D. ( and Ina) Kraus of Dallas TX; and Morey R. (and Tracy) Kraus of Harvard MA. Six grandchildren also survive: Stephen, Elizabeth, Dylan, Madison, Jacob, and Ezra Kraus.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Stanley B. Kraus and Herbert Kraus.

Friends will be received from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 24 2011 in the TURNER-MYERS FUNERAL HOME, 208 North Jefferson Street, New Castle. Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 24 2011 at TURNER-MYERS FUNERAL HOME, with Rabbi Art Donsky of Temple Ohav Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, officiating.

Burial will be in Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Neshannock Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Temple Ohav Shalom Education Fund, 8400 Thompson Run Road, Allison Park PA 15101-3266, or to the Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton FL 33486.

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