Faye Krauel, daughter of William McKinley and Lena Johanna (Baier) Burns, was born Aug. 16, 1927, on her parents’ farm in Larland, Iowa, located east of Audubon and died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Exira Care Center in Exira, Iowa, at age 94.
Faye was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist church in Audubon, Iowa. She attended school in Larland then Audubon High School in Audubon. After high school, Faye was employed by Elmer Carlson.
On Sept. 13, 1945, she married Cameron “Shorty” Chris Krauel in Atlantic, Iowa. They were blessed with five children. They lived on Shorty’s family farm in Cameron Township where they grew row crops and raised livestock. Faye helped Shorty operate the farm and was a homemaker raising the children. She always had a huge vegetable garden and enjoyed canning all the produce she raised. Along with the vegetable garden she also grew beautiful flower gardens. During the harvest season she worked for Garst Seed Company and Lansman Seed sorting corn. Following each school year, Faye and her mother would clean the many country schoolhouses in the area. In 1976, Faye studied and became a certified nurse’s aide and was employed at Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon from 1977 until she retired in 1998.
Shorty died May 20, 1985. Faye lived on their farm until she moved to Exira Care Center in 2019.
Faye was a member of First United Methodist Church in Audubon and the United Methodist Women. Faye and Shorty enjoyed playing cards and were members of several cards clubs. They loved to dance and attended many of the local dance halls every weekend. Faye enjoyed cross-stitching, and was an excellent cook and baker. She loved to shop and took great pride in making a home for her family. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she would spend weeks decorating and baking preparing for the event. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family especially the grandchildren.
Faye is survived by her children: Randy and wife Cindy Krauel of Carroll, Iowa, Mike and wife Mary Jo Krauel of Audubon Iowa, and Mary and husband Mike Chambers of West Des Moines, Iowa; her grandchildren: Kevin and wife Beth Ritson of Wilton, Iowa, Ryan and wife Jessica Ritson of Nevada, Iowa, Derek Ritson of Muscatine, Iowa, Jessica and husband Andy Stessman of West Des Moines, Iowa, Jon and wife Nicole Krauel of Ankeny, Iowa, McKenzie and husband Aaron Nissen of Audubon, Iowa Kirby Chambers and Tyler Brick of Waukee, Iowa, and Colton Chambers of West Des Moines, Iowa.; her seven great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law: Grace Burns of Omaha, Nebraska, Harriett Lewis of Des Moines, Iowa, and Hilda Burns of Augusta, Georgia; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Cameron “Shorty” Krauel; infant daughter Nadine Krauel; her daughter Colleen and husband Dr. George Ritson Jr.; her parents; and her brothers and sisters: Bruce Burns, Ray Burns, Dale Burns, Don Burns, Norma and husband Alvin Hansen, and Edna and husband Dalton Borkowski.
The family will meet with friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Kathy Kluis at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at First United Methodist Church in Audubon. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. Casket bearers will be her grandchildren: Kevin Ritson, Ryan Ritson, Derek Ritson, Jessica Stessman, Jon Krauel, McKenzie Nissen, Kirby Chambers and Colton Chambers.