Marilyn Holschuh Kraus, age 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at her residence. She was the loving wife of the late Robert G. Kraus, Jr. of Short Hills, New Jersey.
Born in Short Hills, New Jersey, a daughter of the late John Gage Holschuh and Eileen (Gallagher) Holschuh, Marilyn was a long-time resident of Short Hills, New Jersey, as well as Sea Girt, New Jersey and Tiverton, Rhode Island.
A graduate of the Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey, she later graduated from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in Washington, D.C. then took her first job with Auchincloss, Parker, and Redpath in New York. In 1967, she married Robert G. Kraus, Jr. and together fostered a warm and loving household for their two children, Kristin, and Robert.
From an early age Marilyn was passionate about education, which developed into a successful teaching career focusing on early childhood education culminating with a directorship at Open Door Nursery School in Millburn, NJ.
Marilyn loved spending time with her family and friends and truly cherished all the relationships she developed over the years. She genuinely felt the connection, love, and joy from everyone especially from her sister, Eileen Dominick. Both could usually be found deep in conversation, sharing cocktails at sunset by the beach or traveling together to one of their favorite vacation destinations sharing laughs along the way.
In her free time, Marilyn enjoyed curing up with a good book and a hot cup of tea, defending her title as family Scrabble champion or rooting for her beloved New England Patriots and that “really good looking” quarterback, Tom Brady.
Marilyn will always be remembered for her unconditional love, strength, and courage, which was never more evident in the care she provided to her husband and daughter, both of whom suffered from terminal illnesses. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandniece, Kalie, and her three grandsons, Cameron, James, and Ryan.
Marilyn is survived by her son, Robert G. Kraus and his wife, Christine M. Kraus, of Tiverton, Rhode Island; her grandchildren Cameron, James, and Ryan Kraus; her niece, Erin Dominick and grandniece Kalie Dominick of Germantown, Maryland.