Carolynn L. Kraft, 80, volunteer, homemaker


Carolynn L. Kraft, a homemaker and volunteer, died of heart failure Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 80.

Born in Baltimore, the former Carolynn Louise Miegel was raised on Mount Holly Street and graduated in 1942 from Western High School.

After graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art, she was a draftsman for Bartlett-Hayward Co., a Southwest Baltimore equipment manufacturer, during World War II.

In 1944, she married Lawrence Stephen Kraft, a U.S. Customs Service admeasurer who examined the dimensions and capacities of ships. She lived in Randallstown and Forest Park, and, after her husband's death in 1981, in Winter Haven, Fla., for 20 years.

A resident of Annapolis since 2001, Mrs. Kraft had been an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and worked in its thrift shop. She also had volunteered with organizations that worked with abused women and the homeless. In Winter Haven, she taught reading to children of migrant workers.

"She had also started a widows support group at the YWCA in Annapolis," said her daughter, Barbara A. McCord of Annapolis.

An avid opera fan, she seldom missed a Saturday afternoon broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera Company, her daughter said. She also collected figurines of dolphins and butterflies.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 22 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave. in Annapolis.

Mrs. Kraft also is survived by three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

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