June Evelyn Kolzow Kraft (nee Mueller) passed away on May 2nd at the age of 88. Born in Hinsdale, IL to Karl and Melba (Perry) Mueller on June 13, 1932, the second of 3 children. Baptized into God’s family on July 3, 1932. She attended Zion Lutheran school and church in Hinsdale until she graduated Hinsdale high school in 1950. She attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest graduating with a 3-year teaching degree in 1955. She started her teaching career in Norwood Park, IL.
In 1956 she married Elmer “Bud” Kolzow and raised her family. After her children were all school-aged, she returned to teaching at St John Lutheran School. During her 20 years at St John, she served as a Pre-Kindergarten aide, taught English as a second language, and directed the newly created Learning Center before moving back into the classroom, teaching 5th grade and then 3rd grade. While both working full-time and raising her family, she returned to Concordia College to finish her bachelor’s degree, graduating in 1982. She retired from St John in 1994.
After the passing of her husband Bud in 1985, she met and eventually married William F. Kraft of Baltimore, Maryland in 1995. They travelled around the country doing mission work, making many friends and memories along the way. They remained married until William’s death in 2018. In 2019, June moved to California to be near her youngest child Karen until the Lord called her home.
June is preceded in death by her parents Karl and Melba Mueller, her sister Pearl (Guess) and brother Charles, her son Kenneth, and her husbands Elmer “Bud” Kolzow and William F. Kraft. June was blessed with 5 children, the late Kenneth (Debbie), Timothy (Laura), Janet (the late David) Nern, Daniel (Kathy) and Karen (Ian) Fagan, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will take place from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard, followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent in June’s name to Concordia University Chicago’s Elementary Education Program in the College of Education. Memorial gifts can be made three ways:
Online – Click https://4agc.com/donation_pages/2dd9cf7c-e8db-44d1-8155-95328acb414e
Please select “Other” in the Gift Designation field and specify the College of Education. Below that there is a check box that asks if this is a tribute gift. Once checked, please enter “June (Mueller) Kraft ‘55.”
By Mail: Checks may be sent to Concordia University Chicago Foundation, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL 60305. Please write “June (Mueller) Kraft ‘55” the memo line.
By phone: Call 866-448-3867 and someone in the Foundation Office can assist with your gift.
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