Vicki Mae Mersch Krause, 67, of Lawrenceville, GA, moved on to the next great adventure on November 13, 2019. She was reunited with her mother Marguerite McGraw Mersch, brother Dem Mersch, sisters-in-law Juanita Mersch and Sandy Mersch, and nephew Jason Bennett. She is survived by brothers Lee Mersch and Joe (Jan) Mersch of Las Vegas, NV, Don (Barb) Mersch and Lonny Mersch of Cedar Rapids, IA, and sisters Ann Duggan of Cedar Rapids, and Lynn (Jack) Bennett of Peoria, IL, as well as twenty-five nieces and nephews, their spouses, and dozens of great- nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband Randy Krause, her son Gabriel (Kristi) Krause of Indianapolis, IN, and her daughter Josie (Jason) Nackers of Atlanta, GA. She adored her grandchildren Bennett Aaron Nackers, Amelie Pearl Nackers, and Victoria May Krause, and she spoiled them rotten. She was over the moon about the impending arrival of grandbaby Valerie Rose Krause. After graduating from George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids in 1970, Vicki met the love of her life-Randy Krause-a long-haired musician who was later inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were joined in marriage on June 11, 1977, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, where the bride was given away by her brother-in-love Mike Duggan. After having children, Vicki moved with her young family to Omaha, NE, before settling in the Atlanta area, where Randy enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate. When asked her occupation, she would answer "domestic goddess." She was a devoted wife, wonderful mom, and beloved Nana. Vicki will be remembered for her broad smile and sparkly eyes, her sense of humor and fun, and her unmatched ability to make her family and friends feel special. She was loved widely and deeply and will be dearly missed. For those struggling to quit smoking, she wanted to share that she was able to quit for good after reading The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Vicki Krause to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias ( Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Randy, Gabe, Josi and all the family: you have my very deepest sympathy in your loss of Vicki. I understand your pain and pray you feel some peace at knowing that she is no longer in pain. Anything that ever I can do, please feel free to call on me. your friend, Billy Jones

  2. Grew up in the neighborhood with the Mersch kids and went through school
    with them, same grade with Lynn. That was many, many years ago but still have lots of memories.
    Prayers to the family during this difficult time.

  3. Rudy, Gabe and Josie…and all extended family I am so so sorry for your loss she was such an amazing woman! Dearly loved!!!

  4. So sorry to hear this she was definitely a strong trooper. Vicki is my first cousin and what a delight she was. She now has peace and no more pain.

  5. So sorry to hear of Vicki’s passing..
    no one could make me laugh like she did…she was truly a “Georgia Peach”.. Prayers and condolences to you all.. Donna Marak

  6. So sad. Thoughts and prayers for the family/friends. I haven’t seen Vicki or spoken to her in over 40 years which is my loss. The last time I spoke to Vicki we were going to Catholicism classes so we could marry our significant other in the Catholic church. I originally met Vicki in our second grade Holy Communion class and she never seemed to forget that photo thereafter. Fortunately, fate brought Vicki, her crazy friend Ann, and myself back together for most of our teen-age years through marriage. So you know there was a stupid time or two in there. She was a classy person with a crazy sense of humor. Our loss but I am sure she is smiling…. The world lost a good one today.

  7. Thoughts and prayers to the family/friends. I haven’t spoken to Vicki in over 40 years and it has been my loss. We received our first Holly Communion in second grade and would remain good friends from then on through our college years even attending the same Catholicism class to marry our significant others. The world lost a classy person with a crazy sense of humor but we are all a lot richer for knowing her.

  8. Oh Vicki I will miss you dearly! Vicki was a very dear friend who I met when we both moved to Lake Washington Plantation in Lawrenceville with our young families. What a wonderful neighborhood to live in. Those were the days😊 many beautiful friendships were made. I will always remember Vick for her gorgeous green eyes,her wonderful laugh and her wit! I will miss her😪
    To Randy, I am heartbroken for you and the kids! I know what kind of a relationship you two had, it was one of a kind! You two loved each other deeply. Randy your entire life was wrapped around Vick and I know she was the light of your life!

    I want to extend my deepest condolences🙏🏻 Vicki is out of pain and is at peace. Thank the Lord🙏🏻
    Much Love Marianne 💗

  9. What a huge lose. Vicki always made me smile… She was a humanitarian and her political views were always on point. I will miss your wicked sense of humor. Such a sweet and caring sole. May your memories help your family through this difficult time.

  10. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Josie, your mom was always so nice to me, and she was really fun to be around. She had a beautiful smile. I remember sitting next to her and your dad at Alice’s wedding and having lots of girl talk. She will be truly missed by so many. We love you.

  11. Randy and family I am heartbroken to hear of your loss. I am sending my deepest condolences for your loss. I pray the your can be of comfort to each other and cherish the love and memories your beloved Vicki shared with you over the years.

  12. Josi and Family my heart goes out to all of you. I know she will be truly missed and keep the good memories always in your hearts.

  13. How could you forget that beautiful smile. Went to school and worked at Armstrong’s with Vicki. We had lunch with Randy a few times and the looks we got with that long hair. It was great!! She was a special girl.

  14. Vicki always had a bright smile on her face. She will be missed but NEVER forgotten. I have fond and funny memories of time with Vicki, the best one was our synchronized swimming “routine” in Ms. Schronhorst’s class at WHS. I’m not sure how we managed not to drown with all our laughing and waving directions under the water. She was the BEST!! My heart goes out to her large family and also to her long-time other “sister”, Bonnie Tiernan. RIP Sweet Vicki

  15. Randy, Gabe, Josie, and entire Mersh family I sorry for you loss of this beautiful woman as she would put it my outlaw ! Vicki was one of a kind beautiful in every way to the “V” she displayed to everyone that knew her. We had so many great times together and memories that never fade, as this family knows all to well. She was always someone I could talk to for advice and she was always fully committed and positive. I’m praying for continued strength, peace, and comfort for all of you as you deal with your loss. Love Ya’ll so much !

  16. So sorry for your loss. Although it’s been many years I have fond memories of Vicki and her family from my time at Immaculate Conception School in Cedar Rapids. She was a wonderful person.

  17. The Keeley family has such wonderful and meaningful ties to the Mersch clan with Lonnie being my brother, Pat’s, closest friend, to Vicki and I having the distinction of starting in this world on the same day and in the same hospital room at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids on May 2, 1952! The world is a sadder place for the loss of Vicki Krause and we are so grateful to have known all of the Merschs’! Love and peace to all of you.

  18. Our deepest sympathy to all her brothers and sisters. Lee, Don, Lonnie, Ann, Lynn, Joey and there spouses. Remember all the good times we had at Grandma Merschs. The last time I saw Vicki was at our reunion in Bellevue so glad to see her had a good talk!
    Sympathy to Randy and family.
    I am donating money to Greatful Grannies an organization that helps kids in need locally.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this sad time .

    Vicki was a wonderful person and is suffering no more. May she Rest In Peace! Love you all! Your cousin Mary Mersch Meier🙏

  19. We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

  20. We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

  21. Vicki’s passing was a shock to me. Having known the Mersch’s my whole life, the memories of growing up across the street from them all rushed in. They were like siblings to me and my brother, John. I remember Vicki wearing orange juice cans for curlers in the 60s. She used to put milk in her Pepsi. And if you saw Vicki, chances are her best buddy Bonnie was not too far behind. I will miss her sweet smile. May the beautiful memories you have carry you through the grief I am sure you are all feeling. I know she will be in my heart. Love to you all.

  22. Randy, Josie, Gabe and all family, Our deep condolence, love and prayers to you. Love you all, Valory and Wade Simpson

  23. So very sorry for your loss! My last great conversation with Vicky was at Bevs funeral! Always positive with a Great smile!

  24. Josie and family
    We are sorry for your loss of a beautiful mother. We are praying for your comfort in your loving memories of your Mom and in knowing that she is at rest with no pain. Doug and I send your family love and hugs.

  25. I just heard about Vicki’s passing. My sincere condolences to Randy and family and the large extended family and many friends. I knew Vicki in late 1975 when she worked at Armstrong’s. I went on a friendly date with her to Maxwell’s in Iowa City, a live music hotspot. I remember her talking about a brother that moved to Las Vegas and was a card dealer. Pretty cool. Had a great time. She was vivacious, intelligent, engaging and of course her signature traits were classic European beauty and personality extraordinaire. My car was under repair and I drove a borrowed Ford pickup that night that only got 4 miles a gallon, and we ran out of gas on I-80. I was too embarrassed to call her again, and moved to Colorado 2 months later.

    She made quite an impression in the short time that I knew her, with the memory of my one “date” with her always there. Reading Vicki’s obituary made me so happy that her and Randy created such a great and loving family.
    May God Bless You All eternally! Rest in peace Vicki.

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