Obituary: Maxine Krause

Maxine (Wright) Kraus, 83, of Conway Springs, retired USDA program technician, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Derby.

Maxine was born March 20, 1936, at Bentonville, Ark., the daughter of Jack Wright and Katherine Marie (Sevak) Wright. She moved with her family to the Viola community as a small child and attended Viola public school and Viola High School.

Maxine was united in marriage to Donnie Lee Matzen on Jan. 1, 1953, in Viola. They made their first home in Alaska, where they spent their first 1-1/2 years of their marriage while Don served his country in the U.S. Army. They returned to Viola following his discharge, with the addition of a son, Thomas, born in 1954. Two more sons were also born to this union, Jeffrey in 1955 and Bradley in 1957. Maxine became employed by the U.S. Postal Service and worked as the postmaster of the Viola post office. Don died on Aug. 28, 1966.

Maxine later married Charles Anthony Kraus on Feb. 17, 1968, in Conway Springs. In May of 1969, the family moved to their home southwest of Conway Springs. Maxine and Charlie were blessed with the addition of two daughters, Krista born in 1968 and Shelby in 1973.

Maxine began a long career with the United States Department of Agriculture in 1985, where she worked as a program technician. She later retired in November 2006 after 21 years at the local Wellington office. Charles died July 3, 2019.

Maxine was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, and was past president of the St. Joseph Altar Society.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by three sons, Tom Matzen and his wife Eileen of Lawrence, Jeff Matzen and his wife Becky of Conway Springs, and Brad Matzen and wife Linda of Chester, Okla.; two daughters, Krista Kraus of Conway Springs, and Shelby Kraus and husband Kevin Davis of Derby; two brothers, Raymond Wright of Clearwater, and Bill Wright of Nampa, Idaho; one sister, Barbara Kiser of Wichita; her half-brother Arizona Adams, and her half-sister, Jimi Adams, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, August 12, and funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, with Father Stuart M. Smeltzer as celebrant. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Conway Springs.

Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available at

A memorial has been established with the Viola Community Hall Fund.