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Betty Jean Kraus Hickey, 75, of Lincoln
died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at 8:05 a.m. at her home.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home in Lincoln, and the rosary will be recited at 4:45.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family
Church, with the Rev. Robert Hoffman and the Rev. R.
Anthony Lee officiating.
Burial will be in Holy
Mrs. Hickey was retired owner and operator of
Kraus Retirement Home. She had also been an
administrator at Lincoln Developmental Center for 11
She was born Feb. 22, 1932, in Verona. Her
parents were Henry William and Pearl Leiser Kraus.
She married Eugene F. Hickey Sr. in Lincoln on Nov.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, in
Lincoln; four sons, Eugene F. (and Marsha) Hickey
Jr., Gary Hickey, David (and Crystal) Hickey and
Joseph P. (and Wendy) Hickey, all of Lincoln; two
daughters, Penny Pilbean of Glendale, Ariz., and
Regina (and Eric) Maas of Taylorville; two
grandchildren she raised, Chrystal (and Brian) Maas
of Lincoln and Chad Hickey of Lincoln; one sister,
Marjorie (and Bob) Davidson of Mesa, Ariz.; 22
grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one
brother, Joe Cooper; and twin great-grandchildren.
Her birth family came into her life in 1978, and
her birth mother, Harriet Meyers of
Ottawa, survives. Her birth father, John Meyers,
died in 1996. There are two brothers and four
sisters surviving, Don (and Carol) Meyers of Ottawa,
Robert (and Joanne) Meyers of Minot, N.D., Evelyn
Aska of Sycamore, Sharon Nicholson of Ottawa, Sandy
(and Joe) Stone of Ottawa and Shirley (and Tom)
Yednock of Sarasota, Fla.
She was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in
After her graduation from Lincoln Community High
School she worked for the telephone company and at
Stetson China Factory as a hand painter of
She traveled to be with her husband while he was
in the Navy.
She graduated from Wesleyan University with a
bachelor's degree in nursing, having entering the
university when her youngest child started to
school. She then established the Kraus Retirement
Home in 1983. Her last years were spent in Arizona,
where she was active in hospice nursing in Phoenix
and surrounding areas.
Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse
Association Hospice Care, Holy Family Parish or
Kraus Retirement Home.
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