Celebration of life for Denise Kraai will be July 1

Denise “Dee” Kraai of Gun Lake, died Thursday, June 23, just hours before her 70th birthday.

Water was integral to her life as she grew up at Gun Lake and spent her later years living in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. She married Ronald Kraai Jan. 24, 1970, and was vital to the success of their water well drilling business. Denise enjoyed remodeling, decorating, gardening, antiquing, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

Denise is survived by her husband, Ronald Kraai; son, Chad (Jessica) Kraai; daughter, Shana (Steve) Dam; grandchildren Mikaela, Emilia and Kiera Dam, London, Rowan, and Preston Kraai; brothers James (Kristin) Anderson and John (Jill) Anderson; brother-in-law, Richard Kraai; as well as several nephews, nieces, and close friends.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents David and Jeannette Anderson; in-laws Bernie and Georgia Kraai; and brother, Jack Anderson.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1, at 4255 Pickerel Cove, Shelbyville. 

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