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Life Story: George Kraft, 90; Former Elizabeth Avenue Fire Co. Chief

George Kraft, 90, passed away on Oct. 25, at his home in Somerset, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Kraft was born February 3, 1927 in Somerville to the late Edmund and Mary (Carroll) Kraft. He and his wife Mill married in Somerville on November 5, 1949. In 1957, they moved to Somerset where they raised their family.

He faithfully and honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II. After his discharge from the US Navy, George worked as a postman for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerville. He then worked for New Jersey Bell for 37 years from which he retired.

He was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in South Bound Brook. Mr. Kraft was a life member of the Elizabeth Avenue Volunteer Fire Company, where he was a past president and Chief. He also volunteered his time at various local food banks. George was an avid coin and stamp collector. He also enjoyed macramé and maintaining his yard and garden.

Mr. Kraft was predeceased by his son, Timothy Kraft; his three sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Millicent Kraft; his children, Patricia Kraft and her husband Andrew Edelman; Kathleen Kraft, Edmund Kraft and his wife Cheryl and Kevin Kraft and his wife Jennifer; his daughter-in-law, Alice Wittik Kraft; his grandchildren, Keriann, Greg, Nicki, K.C., Jonathan, Christina, Timmy, Danielle and Scott and his great-grandchildren, Rowan, Desmond and Kieran.

Visitation will be held at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St. from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27th .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 28, at Our Lady of Mercy in South Bound Brook. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum in Piscataway.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Alzheimer’s Association, WWW.ALZ.ORG.

 

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