Thomas A. Krause, age 79, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of North Chicago, IL died Friday, April 12, 2019. He was born at home in North Chicago, IL on January 8, 1940 to Anne (Kiedrowski) and Ted Krause. His godparents were Charles and Lottie Ryskiewicz. Tom had 4 brothers and sisters-in-law: Joseph-Barbara, Philip-Nancy, Bernard-Sandy and Theodore-Carol.
He graduated from Holy Rosary grade school in North Chicago, Quigley Prep Seminary High School, Chicago, IL and Loras College, DuBuque, IA. Tom worked at the Waukegan News Sun, Shore Acres Country Club, Fansteel Metalurgical, Krause Brothers Beverages, and the U.S. Department of the Navy Exchange at Great Lakes, IL. For many years he played in the rock band The Guydells. After moving to Delaware he was head of the Navy Exchange at the Philadelphia Naval Yard.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves 863rd Combat Engineers. Tom attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded an Expert Marksmen Medal. Tom was a member of the North Chicago High School Board of Education, and Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington, DE. He was a member of the Chicago Musicians Union and a lifelong member of the Popcorn Holders of North Chicago.
He is survived by his beautiful wife, Nancy Marie (Ostrowski) of North Chicago, IL; He has a brilliant son, Christopher, his loving wife, Laura, and their children, Christopher and Kaila. His most caring daughter, Maria and good husband Vincent Colaberdino and their 2 sons, Roman and Simon. Also one brother in law, Frank (Bud) Ostrowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday April 17 at 11am at Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Rd. Wilmington 19810. Visitation with the family will be from 10-11am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you offer a Mass Intention in Toms memory at your church. To send a message of condolence visit: www.mccreryandharra.com.Services are being arranged for friends and family in the North Chicago area. Additional details will be posted in the upcoming days for a potential date of April 27th.