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KRAUS, Marian

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KRAUS, Marian. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 1, 1936--Dubuque, IA, June 23, 2023) The daughter of Urban R. HAAS and Marie (Frey) Haas, Mimi attended Villa Du Chen High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and CLARKE COLLEGE. She married Chandler Kraus on November 30th, 1957 at ST. COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Mimi served on the Board of Directors at the family businesses, DUBUQUE STORAGE & TRANSFER COMPANY and H & W MOTOR EXPRESS for several years. As part of the reunification of H&W Motor Express Company in 1975, with her only brother Urban R. Skip Haas as newly appointed president, Mimi created the “rising sun” company logo. It was a makeshift scribble jotted down on the back of a cocktail napkin. The logo symbolized new hope and renovation as it approached its 50th year in business. For the next 30 years, the new logo adorned thousands of semi tractor trailers in honor of the next generation of service.

Mimi was an active member in the Mercy Service Club for 40 years. She was also a member of DUBUQUE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB and the Dubuque Yacht Club



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