Doris Kraay, 1924-2015

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Doris (Larson) Kraay, 90, of Owatonna died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Owatonna Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Michaelson Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday  at Michaelson Funeral Home with the Rev. Cindy Halvorson officiating. Interment will be in the Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery.

Doris Kraay

Doris Kraay

Doris was born Nov.12, 1924, in Riceland Township, Freeborn County, the daughter of Nels and Hannah (Peterson) Larson. She was raised in Lerdal and graduated from Alden High School. She was united in marriage to Jochem “J.C.” Kraay on May 22, 1943, in Clarks Grove. J.C. served in the armed forces and after his service began farming near Hollandale. In 1956, he began farming with his brothers and formed Kraay Bros. Vegetable Farm in Owatonna. The couple moved to Owatonna in 1961. In 1976, J.C. joined his son David in Tonna Heating and Cooling and Doris worked in the office. The couple later made their home in Green Valley, Arizona, and would summer in Owatonna. They moved back to Owatonna in 2007. J.C. died in 2009.

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Doris is survived by two sons, David (Leigh Ann) Kraay of Owatonna and Tim Kraay of Loveland, Colorado; daughter, Debbie (Kevin) Grose, of Owatonna; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, J.C., in 2009; two  sons, Ronald Kraay and Michael Kraay; two daughters, Barbara Kraay and Joan Marie Kraay; a great-grandson, Aaron Kraay; her parents; and her siblings, Annie, Emma, Vanda, Ella, Vivian, Ray and Gilbert.