SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Bunny Krausch passed away at her home in Snowmass Village on Aug. 15 from a lengthy illness. She was 81.Born to James and Violet Penn of Evanston, Ill. Bunny met Paul in junior high school. They dated occasionally in high school, and eventually married while Paul was in the Air Force. To Bunny's amazement, one night Paul called his mother collect (he was broke) to inform her he was coming home on leave en route to Alaska and asked his mother to propose to Bunny on his behalf. His mother agreed, called Bunny and proposed, and to Paul's surprise, Bunny accepted. They married, and shortly there after, Bunny joined Paul in Fairbanks, where son Jim was later born. After subsequent moves to Texas and Washington, Paul was discharged from the Air Force, and they returned home to Evanston. Bunny, Paul, and Jim finally settled in Minneapolis, where they spent 20 happy years.In 1975, Paul said to Bunny, "lets move to Aspen." Despite her well-known reluctance to change, she agreed. The transition was not without drama, but eventually Bunny came to love Aspen and all the wonderful people they've met here. She had an active, busy life, volunteering at the library, playing tennis with her friends, and traveling in the spring and fall in their motorhome. In 1988 they moved to Snowmass Village to a home with a view she adored. She and Paul established and ran the Ernest and Wilma Martens Foundation. They attended Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen, which they grew to love.She is survived by her husband Paul, her son Jim of Missoula, Mont., and sister Lois Quinn of Morton Grove, Ill.Arrangements are being handled by Farnum Holt, and cremation has taken place. Service to be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 536 W. North St., Aspen. Memorials may be sent to the Ernst and Wilma Martens Foundation, P.O. Box 4590, Basalt, CO 81621 and HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, 234 Cody Lane, P.O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621.
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