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Obituary for Lisa Marie Krais

Lisa Marie Krais died peacefully in her home on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from complications of bladder cancer. She was 55.

Lisa was born on January 10, 1969, in Plainfield, NJ. She was the daughter of William D. and Rosanne Krais, and sister to William A. and Peter Krais.

Lisa was developmentally disabled from birth. But what Lisa may have lacked physically or cognitively, she made up for with a spirited personality and an ability to bring people together. Following her diagnosis, community members joined Lisa’s family to provide daily in-home therapies to help her reach her maximum potential. As a result, Lisa and her family developed strong, lifelong relationships with thoughtful and selfless friends. During her school age years, Lisa participated in, among others, the Beanstalk School at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange. As an adult, she spent many years receiving daily services from the Union County Day Training program.

Until 2023, Lisa was cared for by her parents in her family home. She benefited immeasurably from this loving and nurturing environment. She loved holidays when the house was filled with family and friends. She relished her mother’s cooking (maybe a little too much!) and sat at her father’s side while he read her one book after another. She loved playing with her brothers while growing up and was always eager to visit with them as adults. Long walks in her wheelchair brought her great peace and joy. She had a great laugh.
Last year, Lisa moved into a group home in Far Hills operated by Matheny Medical and Educational Center. This transition allowed Lisa to make new friends while receiving extraordinary care from a devoted team.
Family, friends, and even strangers came away changed after meeting Lisa and marveled at the loving and endless care that her parents provided.

Lisa is survived by her parents, Bill and Rosanne, her brothers, Peter and Bill, her sisters-in-law, Susan and Kathy, and her nieces and nephews, Timothy, Seamus, Molly, Quinn, Palmer, and Esme.

A wake is scheduled for February 20, from 3-7 pm, and a funeral service is scheduled for February 21, at 10:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, in Stirling.

Flowers or contributions made to Matheny Medical and Educational Center, 65 Highland Avenue, PO Box 339, Peapack, NJ 07977 ( will be graciously accepted.