Kraig L. Kritz, age 64, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Kraig was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on April 28, 1956, to Leo B. and Esther Baruth Kritz, who owned a farm in Wyoming Valley near Spring Green where he grew up until he moved to Jefferson to attend St. Coletta’s School for the Handicapped and the Jefferson Public Schools.
After finishing his schooling, he lived with his mother in Jefferson and worked at Opportunities, Inc. in Fort Atkinson until her death in 1992. Then he lived with his sister Karen Baruth Kritz in Friesland until her death. Beginning in 1999 he lived with Andrea and Lloyd Schaack, who adopted him into their family and home in Avoca, showering him with love. In 2018 he moved to the Marion’s Place in Muscoda, where Gena Green and her staff always treated him with kindness and empathy, appreciating his sense of humor.
During these years he attended Hodan Community Services in Mineral Point, which he thoroughly enjoyed due to the compassionate care the staff extends to all their clients. Kraig loved swimming, attending Badger Camp in Prairie du Chen, folding his hankies precisely, sorting his coins, balloon tossing, petting cats, watching his Scooby Doo movies (and anything associated with Scooby Doo), wearing three of his souvenir pins daily and always presenting one to any visitor; and always smiling and hugging his friends.
He is survived by his sister, Kleo Baruth Kritz (Thomas H. Hurst) of Fitchburg, WI; his nephew, Bradley A. McClain of Peru, IN; and his caregivers, Andrea and Lloyd Schaack of Avoca.
A celebration of Kraig’s life will be held 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Dodgeville with appropriate social distancing followed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hodan Community Services in Mineral Point. Special thanks to staff of Marion’s Place in Muscoda and Agrace Hospice Care for making Kraig’s final days comfortable and peaceful.
Arrangements have been jointly entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, of Denver, Indiana, and Gorgen Funeral Home, of Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
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