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Laura Jean Kraft 1930 - 2019
Laura Jean Kraft 1930 - 2019

Laura Jean Kraft, 89, passed away Sept. 7, 2019, at Country Place Home Plus, Hoisington. She was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Brownell, Kan., the daughter of Vincent and Mae (Squire) Fairbank. On Jan. 1, 1949, she married Elden Kraft in Bazine, Kan. He died Aug. 31, 2011. A longtime resident of Great Bend, she was head of Fabrics at TG&Y in Great Bend for many years. 

Mrs. Kraft was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Altar Society and Women’s Guild, and also taught Sunday school for many years. She was an expert seamstress.   

Survivors include, one son, Marlin Kraft of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Marlane Haberman and husband Marvin of Great Bend, and Lavada Kraft of Great Bend; two sisters, Carol Small of Temple, Texas, and Dora Yoder and husband Bill of Gorham, Kan.; two brothers, Paul Fairbank of Independence, Kan., and Bob Fairbank and wife Earline of Hays, Kan.; four grandchildren, Marcie Mattson and husband Dan, Brian Haberman and wife Rebecca, Angie Cook and husband Duston, and Liberty Dictson and husband Eric; 11 great grandchildren and one great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Mae Fairbank; four brothers, Ralph Fairbank, Elmer Fairbank, Chet Fairbank and Richard Fairbank; and four sisters, June Bartlett, Audrey Lentz, Burdene Schweitzer and Esther Zordel. 

Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Bryant Funeral Home, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at St. Mark Lutheran Church with Pastor Adam Wutka presiding. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Mark Lutheran Church, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS  67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 10, 2019