Terrance B. Krause


Terrance “Terry” Beverly Krause (formerly Gruver), loving wife of Wayne Backman of Cold Spring, died on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Saint Cloud Hospital. 

Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3226 Maine Prairie Rd., St. Cloud.

Terry was born on May 15, 1933, in a log cabin at Molly Lake near Burtrum where her parents owned and operated Krause’s Berry Farm and Maple Syrup. It was there that she met her neighbor and lifelong best friend, Beverly Seabloom (Norris). She completed high school in Grey Eagle, college at St. Cloud Teacher’s College and taught elementary and pre-school for many years especially at St. Cloud University Campus Lab School. 

Earlier, in the 1960s, she was the first director of the Head Start program in Jonesboro, Ark. She was always a strong advocate for civil rights. She later studied for her post graduate education at the College of St. Benedict and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as principal of a school in the Wisconsin Dells. In her recent years, she retired and lived in Sauk Centre and Cold Spring. She was an active member of the community and volunteered with the Democratic Party and the Stearns County Historical Society. She served as president and was an active member of the St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and was an avid member of Master Gardeners. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah (Fearing) and Clifford Krause.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Backman; brother, Charles D. Krause (Phyllis); son, Cyle D. Gruver (Jan M. Waller); daughter, Mary L. Gruver-Volpe (Eugene A. Volpe); niece, Debbie Krause; nephew, David Krause; and many other family members and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship or the Stearns County Historical Society are preferred.

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