The Daily Star
---- — Natalie L. Krauss
Oct. 27, 1927-March 7, 2014
ONEONTA — Natalie L. Krauss, 86, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Oneonta, with her loving family by her side.
She was born to the late Manuel and Anne (Aronstein) Robinson on Oct. 27, 1927, in Pittsfield, Mass. Shortly thereafter, Natalie and her parents returned to their home in Staten Island. Together with her late brother, Sherman Robinson, and their parents, they returned to Pittsfield each summer to be with family.
Natalie graduated from Curtis High School in 1945, and received a BA in Spanish from Hunter College in 1948.
She married her high-school sweetheart, the late Alvin Krauss, on Dec. 19, 1948.
Natalie was employed as a secretary in lower Manhattan until starting her family in the early 1950s. Natalie enjoyed being a full-time homemaker/mother before joining her husband in his business.
Natalie was an active member of Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun in Staten Island, for nearly 40 years. She was honored for her service to the Congregation in the early 2000s.
Each winter, Natalie looked forward to escaping the New York winters and traveling to her condo in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. During this time, she enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
Natalie’s hobbies included traveling and most importantly, celebrating all of life’s events. There was always an occasion for Natalie to plan a party.
In 2010, Natalie relocated to Oneonta, to be closer to family. She was one of the first residents at the newly opened Plains at Parish Homestead. She thrived in the communal atmosphere, enjoyed meeting new friends and welcoming all new residents. Her volunteerism continued at the Plains where she looked forward to sitting at the front desk each morning so the staff could have their daily meeting.
Natalie is survived by her son, Robert (Kathy) Krauss of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and daughter, Judith Sweet (Patrick Pidgeon) of Oneonta. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Nicole (Robert) Briggs, Christopher Johnson (Gwynne McCue), David (Jaime) Sweet, Laura (Timothy) Mahon, Andrew Sweet, Daniel Sweet (Courtney Hurlburt); and great-grandchildren, Julien Martin, Cailey Aubin, Robbie and Britta Briggs and Emma-Natalie Sweet.
She will be remembered for her love of family, generous spirit, selflessness and love of coffee milkshakes. She has truly touched the hearts of all who knew her and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
One of Natalie’s final requests was to make sure her appreciation for the excellent care given to her was extended to the staff of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Special Care Unit Bassett Hospital and Unit 3 A.O. Fox Nursing Home. The family also extends their extreme gratitude.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in her memory to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, 1 Norton Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820.
A graveside burial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, in the United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island.
Arrangements have been made by Menorah Chapels, Staten Island.
In honor of her love of parties and all things sweet, those who wish to share memories and celebrate Natalie’s life are invited to a gathering at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Plains at Parish Homestead in Oneonta.