Liz Beyler Kraak
MADISON, Wis. — Liz Beyler Kraak, age 69, passed away on February 9, 2017 at BrightStar Senior Living after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s. Liz was born on July 14, 1947 in Madison, to William and Evelyn (Derleth) Beyler. She was a lifelong resident of Madison. She attended Cherokee Grade School, West High School, and was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she majored in journalism. Liz married Larry W. Kraak in Madison on August 25, 1984. After college, Liz worked for the WIBA Radio Station. During her time at WIBA, she was the first female reporter to become a regular in the all men’s press room at the State Capitol. After her employment with WIBA, Liz went on to work part-time at the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her position at the UW later turned to full-time employment with UW News & Public Affairs. Liz loved gardening, birds and backyard wildlife, hand feeding squirrels and chipmunks, and teaching wild turkeys to catch peanuts. She especially enjoyed trips to Lake Namekagon at Cable, WI. Liz is survived by her loving husband, Larry W. Kraak; brother-in-law, Steve (Maureen) Kraak; and nephew, Matthew Kraak. Liz was preceded in death by her parents, William and Evelyn Beyler; and her father and mother-in-law, Elmer and Veda Kraak. Liz’ family is very grateful and extremely appreciative for the wonderful, loving care and steadfast guidance she received through the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County, St. Mary’s Adult Day Care, the Stoughton Hospital Geriatric Unit, BrightStar Senior Living, and Agrace. A Memorial Service will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Thursday.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road, Madison
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