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“:Lea and I met when we were both young mothers working for Vanda Beauty Counselor. We became instant friends and remained so for all the years we...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Ronkin - Bellingham, MA

“Lea's strength as a woman, love for Hadassah and dedication to her family will alway be how I remember her. May your memory always be for a blessing! ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Margot Rivelis: Charles River Hadassah - MA

“Lea will be remembered for her bright spark, wonderful attitude and beautiful smile. She was always such a pleasure to be with and always had a kind...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Levine

“So many memories, don't know where to start. Lea was a member of Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, MA, taught my son in its religious school (Dan was...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Elaine Swartz - Grafton, MA

“When I moved to Sun City about 18 months ago and met Lea at a Hadassah event, we realized that we had met before. After talking she discovered that...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Baer - Georgetown, TX

“Lea was the first person I met here in Sun City when looking for a home just a year ago this month. I contacted her prior to my coming here to Sun...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Renee Sloan - Georgetown, TX

“My sincerest condolences to Liora, Eli and Dan. Lea was a teacher of mine and like a second mom to me and many of Dan's other friends growing up. I...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Phil Sadow - Boulder, CO

“I am so very sad to learn of Lea's passing. Lea was one of the first ladies that I met at my first Regional Hadassah meeting. She welcomed me like...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Leslie Suez - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a dear, sweet lady of whom I met when she volunteered for the Neighborhood 13 Ladies Coffee committee. I had...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: BETTY RUDD - Sun City Neighbor

“Please know we are keep you all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We were so sorry to hear of Lea's passing, she was a lovely lady and we are...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Mary and Michael Merritt - NH

“Lea was the first person to reach out to me when we moved to Sun City. She and Peter loaned us a bridge table and folding chairs until our furniture...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Mary Ann and Joe Lish - TX

“We are both very sorry, for the loss of a very dear lady. Our sincere condolences to Peter, Liora & Peter, Eli & Iris, Dan & Rochelle and all the...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Dan & Nancy Barry - Natick, MA

“So shocked to hear of Lea's passing. I admired her when she was here and for her energy and ":just do it" attitude when she moved to Texas. It is...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Janet Nirenberg - Holliston, MA

“You are a caring family that I know will comfort one another in this major loss. In addition there are so many friends who are sending our support. ...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Allee and Adam Blatner - TX

“I was saddened to hear of Lea's passing. I always admired her enduring dedication to Hadassah at our regional conferences. We will miss her this...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Barbara Bronstein - Houston, TX

“I was saddened to learn of Lea's death. She was a dynamic woman whose passion for Hadassah was strong. During my three years as president of the...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Barbara Shurberg - Houston, TX

“With many enriched memories of a dear friend who not only taught us Hebrew but added much value to our lives with her generous loving heart and...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: John & Margaret Marshman - TX

“Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful woman, mother, wife, grandmother and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Roberson - TX

“Lea was a very kind and special lady, and she will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to Peter and the Kraus family on your loss. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Ronnee and Steve Bienstock - TX

“To the Kraus Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Kraus from my childhood growing up in our neighborhood. ...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Scott Kelly - Brentwood, NH

“Our sincere sympathy to Peter and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Max and Carolan Thomas - TX

“Please accept our most heartfelt condolences to Peter and the family. Lea was considered as our best friend. She will be remembered as a caring, take...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Elaine and Harvey Bloom - NH

“My thoughts and prayers go to the family. It was an honor and a pleasure to have known Lea. She was a lovely lady and a wonderful person. She will be...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Sandy Massman - Cedar Park, TX


Lea Kraus passed away on the morning of March 13, 2012. She was 75 years old. Her vibrant energy, passion and love were evident to all who knew or met her.

Lea was born in Bucharest, Romania and lived there through both the Nazi and Russian occupation. Her father, Rabbi Yesheyahu Barkay was an assistant to the Chief Rabbi of Romania. She moved to Israel in 1950. While in Israel she finished high school and teachers college, volunteered working with blind children as well as polio victims, and spent her national service work teaching new immigrant children Hebrew.

Lea moved to England for a few years and met her husband of fifty years, Peter, there. They married in Paris and moved back to Israel to start a family. Her first two children, Liora and Eli, were born in Israel. They moved to the United States in 1966 and had their third child, Dan, while living in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

Lea lived a very full life in Massachusetts. Over the years, she sold makeup, started and co-ran an interior decorating business, and taught Hebrew School. She was very involved in civic life as well. She acted as the campaign chairperson in several local political elections, helped start a youth soccer league, was a trustee of the public library, and led a committee to establish a new fire and police station. Most prominently though, for many years Lea was a passionate advocate and leader for Hadassah, a Zionist Jewish Women's Charity organization.

When Lea and Peter finally retired eight years ago to Sun City Texas in Georgetown, Texas, Lea picked up right where she left off in Massachusetts. She founded the local Hadassah Chapter which is now flourishing. She became an active member of the local Chavurah (Jewish Religious Group). She was a prominent contributor to the ceramics and china painting groups and taught Hebrew to several groups in Sun City. She even found time to tutor several local children in preparation for their Bar and Bat-Mitzvahs.

Lea viewed her greatest triumph as the success and happiness of her three children and six grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012 in the Beth Israel 3 section of Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.