Greta Pedersen Krag

Greta Pedersen Krag passed on peacefully in her home in Shelburne on Aug. 31 at age almost-93, surrounded by family.

Although born in Lynn, Mass., she spent decades creating and managing one of the first retirement care facilities in California with her husband, Cletus Krag, M.D. When he passed on 18 years ago, Greta moved to Shelburne to be with and support her family.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Risë, Janet (and Edwards), Martin, James (and Linda), and David (and Jesusa); grandchildren Ellen, Emily, Erik, Peter, Christopher, and Amara; great-granddaughter Claire, and numerous U.S. and Danish cousins and their families.

She was truly the matriarch of a close-knit group whose relatives emigrated from Denmark a century ago. She was the huge heart that held this now extended family together.

Always providing service to others, Greta was active with Ascension Lutheran Church and the Lake Champlain Waldorf School. She deeply enjoyed the connections made through the local Newcomers and Red Hat groups. She was also a strong advocate for cancer research. Throughout her long life she affected many through her acts of kindness, appreciation and generosity. She lived her faith and encouraged us to love each other, enjoy life, and give to our communities.

Well-wishers are welcome to attend her memorial Sunday, Sept. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington. Donations in her memory may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church at; or the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund at; or the Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center at

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