On November 2, 2018, Carl Edward “Ed” Kraus passed away peacefully surrounded by family after enduring Alzheimer’s disease. Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Audrey and their two children; son Mike and wife Kris; and their daughter Michele and partner Karl Musser. He is survived by four grandchildren: Matt; Allison and husband Neil Mihalich; Ashley and husband Dustin Whitlow; and Tyler and partner Josh Higgins. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Ed rests at Hubbard Funeral Home, Inc. 4107 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229 on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm and Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11am at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4416 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229. Ed will be put to rest in Loudon Park Cemetery following his Mass. Flowers will be graciously accepted, but donations in his memory are encouraged to the Carl “Ed” Kraus Memorial Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or via his memorial page at Click here to view the fund page for Carl "Ed" Kraus Memorial Fund
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Ed Kraus was born Carl Edward Kraus on September 2, 1927 To Henry Joseph and Elizabeth Charlotte (nee Roselius) Kraus. He was the youngest of eight siblings and was the last surviving of them and their spouses.
He began work early as a young teenager briefly in a grocery store but at the age of 16 and during World War II, went to work in the shipyard as a marine coppersmith apprentice. His career at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock located in Fairfield adjacent to the Fort McHenry would last 40 years till the Yard closed. During that tenure, he moved up from apprentice, to coppersmith, and then promoted to the office as a ship project planner and estimator. He would tell stories of his time as an apprentice coppersmith under the tutelage of a man named Herman. Of how the conditions were in the workshop and how insistence upon perfection became part of his life.
Ed’s shipyard career found him on many special projects including repairs to the USS Constellation, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald (yes the one that Gordon Lightfoot memorialized in song), the construction of the first containers ships built from old WW II tankers, the new build Atlantis II that found the Titanic, the Point Barrow, and the Raleigh. He would often go onboard and down the Bay and out to sea on proving runs on his completed projects or ships. He truly loved his work at The Yard.
Following the shipyard career, Ed went on to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission or WSSC as the senior mechanical inspector responsible for numerous large pump projects. He was known for his tenacity in making certain a project was delivered not only to specifications but that it was working perfectly. He had a test hammer which he carried with him to test the sound of certain items and was often regaled for “the hammer”. Only a couple of years ago in his late 80’s they came to seek his help on work he had completed.
Although an expert in metal, piping, pumps, and machinery, his other love was woodworking and was a very accomplished trim carpenter completing numerous projects at home and for family. He built out the family home in Southwest Baltimore, extending the basement and building a year round enclosed porch. He built a cradle for his first grandson; coffee and end tables for his wife; a jewelry box and dining table for his daughter amongst many fine work working projects, Ed was also an excellent electrician and plumber, a true jack of all trades and always ready to jump in and volunteer to help nearly anyone. He truly enjoyed trading project details with friends from the old neighborhood.
In between the work career and personal life, Ed was a Boy Scoutmaster for about 20 years and treasured his experiences and help he extended to numerous young boys. He attained the excellent level of Order of the Arrow as a Scoutmaster. Ed would regale people with stories of how he hiked South Mountain, camped at Gathland on the Appalachian Train, and made a record hike down into Harper’s Ferry. He loved helping these young men, sometimes from lesser means, work together to help each other. He and his wife, Audrey, would be founding members of the newly former Our Lady of Victory parish. Originally meeting and sitting on folding chairs, at what was then St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys that would later become Cardinal Gibbons High School.
His family life included his devotion to his wife Audrey Kraus. They were married more than 70 years. They built a wonderful and full life together in Southwest Baltimore and eventually moved to Linthicum in their later years. They raised two children, Mike and Michele. Going to a nice meal at an area restaurant would mean spending time talking with the owners, managers, and wait staff. His infectious and buoyant laugh could be heard ringing out while regaling any and all with tales of his youth, trips on ships, building a new project, and in general just talking with friends as he made those easily. Eating steamed crabs and enjoying a cold beer with his grandchildren would be the highlight of a day. Nothing could be better than being with Matt, Allison, Ashley, and Tyler and watching them grow from babes in arms to amazing young adults. At his granddaughter Allison’s 2014 wedding to Neil Mihalich, he and Audrey would be the last couple on the dance floor when all married couples were asked to take to the floor. As the DJ announced, “who has been married x number of years?”, people would sit down. Until remaining there, laughing and smiling with the love of his life, Ed and Audrey were the only ones left. Seven decades of love!