Donna Jean Kraus


Donna Jean (Childers) Kraus, 76, of Cumberland, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at IU Health University Hospital. She was born on August 7, 1941 in Indianapolis as the daughter of Oris and Ernestine (DeNoon) Childers.

She graduated from Lawrence Central High School in 1959.

Donna dedicated her career to working in healthcare as an executive assistant. She began her employment in 1959 at Community Hospital East. In 1985 she moved to Dallas, TX to accept a position with Voluntary Health Enterprises, Inc. In 1991, Donna returned to Indianapolis to be with her family and began her employment with St. Vincent Hospital. A few years later, Donna accepted the executive assistant position at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. She retired from Hancock Regional Hospital in 2013. Donna believed that by working in an administrative position in healthcare she was helping patients get quality healthcare with the hope that their road to recovery was a healing, holistic experience.

Donna enjoyed being with her family and especially her grandsons, who provided her with a lot of love and pleasure. Donna had a love for gardening, beautiful flowers and enjoyed hiking in wooded areas. She spent a great deal of time reading.

She is survived by her children, Deborah JoAnn Kraus of Greenfield and Donald James (Connie) Kraus, Jr. of Lawrence; three grandchildren, Kyle Moffitt, Trent Richmann and Keith West; and brother, Bud Childers of West Palm Beach, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oris and Ernestine Childers; and brother, Jerry L. Childers.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A funeral service will take place immediately following the visitation at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604 or envelopes will be available at the mortuary.

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