Regina Kennison Kraus

August 24, 1946 - June 11, 2022

Visitation: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 3-7 pm; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry

Service: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 9:30 am; Good Samaritan Roman Catholic Church, Ambridge.


Regina Kraus, 75, of Economy Borough passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at home in the presence of her loving family.

Born in Uniontown, PA, on August 24, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Jack A. and Eileen Donovan Kennison.

Gina is survived by the loves of her life, her husband of 53 years, William P., whom she married on May 29, 1969, as well as her daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Jason Oldenski, and her two grandsons, Landon and Keegan Oldenski of Harmony.

Also surviving are her siblings, Greg of Fort Worth, TX, Kevin (Kathy) of Arlington, TX, Kristin of Bear, DE, Brian (Corby) of Woodbury CT, Jeff (Melissa) of Washington, DC, Carey (Yolanda) of Lexington, KY, and a number of very special cousins, nieces and nephews.

Gina was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. Time spent with her family and grandsons were precious times indeed. She, also, enjoyed keeping in touch with friends from Carmichaels, Lock Haven and Beaver County. She very much enjoyed Bible Studies at St. Kilian and Sts. John and Paul.

Gina graduated from Carmichaels Area, 1964; Seton Hill College, 1969 with a BA in French; and PSU with a degree as a Reading Specialist. Gina was blessed to work in the Greensburg Diocese, at Lock Haven Catholic School, in the Bald Eagle Area School District, and in the Keystone Central School District as an elementary teacher and a reading specialist for 35 years.

Family and friends are welcome at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, on Tuesday from 3 – 7 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Good Samaritan Roman Catholic Church, 725 Glenwood Avenue, Ambridge, on Wednesday at 9:30 AM with Fr. Joe Carr celebrating.

Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 2186 Broadhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001.

Memorial contributions may be made to Annie Halenbake Ross Library, 232 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745, or Good Samaritan Parish, 725 Glenwood Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003.

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  • Heather Seasholtz

    Your mom’s smile always lit up the room. I remember it vividly from elementary school and see the same radiance in Megan. Thinking of the entire family during the time of loss. May your memories wrap you in a blanket or comfort.

  • Dorothy (Donauer) Sweeney

    Gina was a happy person to be around. She had a way of making you feel special even though she was the special one. She cared deeply about her family, friends and students. I am forever grateful for her friendship and that she helped bring the Seton Hill plan girls together after 45 years. So many loved Gina and she loved them back. God’s blessings on her family.

  • Colleen Kuran Walkley

    My sympathy to all your family and friends.

  • Claire Ritenour

    Bill, Megan, and Family,

    I never had the opportunity to meet Regina. My mother (Maureen), on the other hand found Regina later in life and she was a blessing.

    Regina was the sister my mom never had and I will always be grateful. May she now be in peace. Words cannot begin to express how very sorry I am for your loss.

  • Mary Jordan

    I was incredibly blessed to call Gina one of my dearest friends. I greatly looked forward to our monthly dinners which would last upwards of 3 hours. She was without a doubt one of the most compassionate and thoughtful people I have ever known. The world has lost a bright light but I know she is praying in heaven now for all those that she loved. A part of my heart has gone but I know I will see her again. Rest in peace my dear friend!

  • Carey and Yolanda Kennison

    Rest in Peace Dear sister.

  • Alison Kramer

    Megan, Words can not express our sorrow at hearing the news of your mom passing. She was an exceptional woman and ours prayers are with you during this most difficult time. The world lost a great woman, but heaven gained a beautiful soul. We will see her again!

  • Joyce Kopinsky (Yarish)

    I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how sorry I am. You were always such a delight and everyone always said that about you. Many prayers to your family. Love & Hugs

  • Sue and Bob Hannegan

    We have so many fond memories. Gina really, really made this world a better place. The one memory that seems to rise to the top was her inspiration, caring and guidance given to so many young children, our daughters included. May the love and memories you hold in your heart sustain you and bring you comfort. With sympathy, Bob and Sue

  • Joy Geguzis

    Bill and Megan, Larry and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  • Peggie Groves Ranalli

    There are no words sufficient to express how great our loss is. My life and the world is a less happy and less bright place now. Rest In Peace, my treasured friend.

  • Teddi Shlosky Stanchie

    I was in shock and so saddened to hear of the passing of dear Regina. She always had a presence of elegance and grace. RIP and know how much you were loved.

  • William Schimonsky

    My condolences to the family. We were able to E-mail and I will miss that. R.I.P. Gina. Bill

  • joyce warsack

    So sorry to hear this. I went to school with her and always thought a lot of her. R.I.P dear friend and classmate.

  • Donna Dorey

    Randy and I are deeply saddened to hear of Gina’s passing. She was an amazing educator who inspired many children, and most recently she fought a courageous battle. Our hearts are with Bill, Megan, and their families and we will continue to hold onto the memories we have of this great lady.

  • Loretta G. Vancko

    Regina was a wonderful, caring, loving and kindness person I know. I meet Regina at Bible Studies at St. John and Paul church. We just hit it off. We had so much in common especially are love for upstate Pennsylvania and our Religion.
    I will miss Regina so very much. See you one day for Eternal Happiness.
    Loretta. XOXO

  • Gloria Stinson

    I am sorry for your loss and my loss and many others. Gina touched so many lives and will be missed by all those that called her
    Mother, Grandma, friend, co-worker, neighbor, teacher. She was a treasure to all who knew her and especially your Dsd

  • Jill Easterling

    To the Kennison, Kraus and Oldenski families. You have our deepest sympathy. Even though I have never met Megan’s mom, I know that she had a loving family that will miss her greatly. You are all in our prayers today and over these difficult days, weeks and months ahead.

  • Bonnie Murtha

    Billy, I am so saddened to hear of Regina’s passing. I rejoice that she is at home with Jesus. Thinking of you and will see you in late July.

  • Carol Rocco

    Dear Bill and Megan,
    My heart is heavy for you! She was a beautiful woman in so many ways and will surely be missed by all of you. Wonderful neighbors! ❤️

  • Brenda Walkup

    Gina was a wonderful person & friend. I will miss her!❤️🙏

  • Daniel Hunter

    So sorry for your loss but what joy she knows in the presence of her Lord.

  • Judy Renk

    Dear Bill, Megan and family;
    I am so sorry to hear of Gina’s passing. I have no words to ease your sorrow. Lynda had told me of Gina’s battle with cancer. Gina was one of the most kind and loving ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed.
    With sadness,
    Judy Renk
    (sister of Lynda Howell)

  • Natalie Lawton

    Bill, Megan and family,
    I am thinking of you at this difficult time. My memories of Gina are of her kindness and generosity. She was a genuine, loving person and always made me feel so special when we talked. Her animated emails with tons of punctuation were always a delight! She was a devoted and beloved friend to my mother. Sending love and light to you all. She will be so very missed. Natalie

  • Ann McCarthy

    Gina invited me to do the consecration to Mary for the first time with her and others. She started a snowball that has kept going. I am forever grateful for her kindness and faith that she generously shared.

  • John S. Christopher (Doc)

    My twin Sue Christopher Theisen and I started 1st grade with Regina at the Borough school in Carmichaels, PA in 1952. We were friends all through High School and beyond. I have kept in touch with Regina through email in the past few years and seen her at high school reunions. She was one of the nicest and kindest people that I have ever met. Gosh will she be missed. Such a loss for her husband Bill. My prayers for her recovery went unanswered and I am so disappointed. But I will see you on the other side Kid. Such a loss for all of us.

  • James and Lynda Howell

    A 50 year friendship filled with good memories and shared joys and tears.
    Thank you, dear Gina.
    Our love and prayers to you Bill and family.

  • Diane Frazier

    Gina touched so many lives in such a positive way. She will always be rembered as such a loving lady 🙏

  • Tom Donehoo

    Bill,I am so sorry to hear about Gina.She was a caring,classy lady.It isn’t easy being a widower after many years of a wonderful marriage.Fly in the 15th late.Hope to see you sometime.

  • Julie Warhola

    Rest in peace, my friend. I’ll always cherish our time together at Seton Hill.

  • Timothy J Keating

    We adored Gina and send all our love to Bill and Meagan and the Kennison family.

  • Cathy Pecjak Solorzano

    Sincere condolences to Regina’s family. I remember the Kennison’s. Mrs Kennison taught catechism at St Hugh’s during my HS years. I am closer in age to Kevin, but I remember Regina, always smiling and kind to everyone. She will be missed.

  • Carole and Terry Timblin

    A truly beautiful (inside and out) friend who will be forever missed. I’m sure she is peaceful and with our Lord. God bless you, Gina.

  • Linda Delia

    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Bill and Megan and Jason and their children. Regina and I were friends and classmates at Seton Hill, and kept in touch after graduation. Regina’s courage and positivity have been such an inspiration, and my prayer is that you find comfort and strength in your faith, your joyous memories, and the love and support of family and friends.

  • Nettie Sullenberger

    My sincere sympathy to the family and Carmichael classmates for the loss of one so treasured 🙏🏻🌹

  • Elizabeth Butler

    I’ll remember Gina as warm, friendly, and genuinely interested in others. Her friendship with my mother was a source of joy and comfort for so many years. Sending love and peace to Bill, Megan, Jason, Landon, Keegan and all who knew and loved Gina.

  • Thomas Long

    I was graced in this life with many good teachers. A handful stood out. Even fewer remain friends to this day. This week I lost one who indeed was a friend. For me she, an inspiration. Thank you for my life lessons and for being the first teacher in my life who let me be me.

    My thoughts are with her family who’ve suffered an immeasurable loss.

    Godspeed Regina.

 

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