Marika Krause (nee Schonhammer)

Marika Krause

(nee Schonhammer)

Born in Jestetten, Germany Sept. 30, 1922

Marika had a very active childhood and was a bit of a tomboy. She was involved in many sports and developed a lifelong passion for art, horses and other animals.

After completing high school, she went to university to become a doctor, but WW2 ended that dream. Always one to be involved, Marika joined the German Army and was assigned to a woman’s unit specializing in national defence.

For many years after the war she worked in medical clinics and other jobs in the medical community. During this time Marika married a high school classmate, Heinrich Poellein and had two children, Jorg and Jutta (Chris). Years passed and they eventually divorced.

In 1969, she married Klaus Krause and at 46 years of age she had a third child, Peter. In 1974, Marika immigrated with her husband and son to Canada, settling near Kimberly. It was at this time that she reexplored her artistic talents, a passion that stayed with her throughout the rest of her life. Marika’s alpine style of art can be seen in several areas of BC, especially in Smithers.

In 1980, she divorced and moved to Smithers and raised her son on her own. Marika was involved with the artistic community and very physically active until age 75. She passed away at age 81 at the Bulkley Lodge.

A special thank-you to Dr. Blouw and the staff at the Bulkey Lodge for the great care they provided while Marika was there.

She is survived by her son Jorg (Donatta), daughter Jutta, son Peter (Jill) and grandchildren Hailey and Heiko.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bulkley Lodge.

A Celebration of Life will be held sometime in late January.

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