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Adele "Cookie" (Tamler) Kraft

October 26, 1931 — December 22, 2020


INDIANAPOLIS – Adele Tamler Kraft, affectionately known as “Cookie”, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.  She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 26, 1931 to the late Charles and Fanny (Odesky) Tamler.  She was a 1949 graduate of Shortridge High School before attending Indiana University.

Cookie married Gerald Kraft on June 28, 1953.  They enjoyed 67 years together, spending winters in Boca Raton, Florida.  They traveled extensively to dozens of countries around the world when he was president of B’nai B’rith International.

She enjoyed golf, mahjong and bridge.  She served as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  She was a member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and its Sisterhood.  Cookie was a life member of both Hadassah and the former B’nai B’rith Women as well as a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Lion of Judah Society.

Cookie is survived by her husband, Gerald Kraft, her daughters Karen Yoffie of St. Louis, MO and Leslie Katz of Indianapolis, her son Paul (Sherri) Kraft of Indianapolis, and her sister Florence Stillerman of Indianapolis.  She was beloved “Bubbie” to her grandchildren Lauren Yoffie, Dr. Benjamin Katz, Kyle (Carrie) Katz, DPT, Meredith Katz, Ariana Katz, Melissa Kraft and Valerie Kraft, and great-grandson Avi Katz.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Harriet Cobin and her granddaughter Julie Yoffie.

Private family graveside services will be held at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck Memorial Park North.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hooverwood Living, 7001 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260,

or Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W. 70th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Friends may share a memory or condolence at

Zoom Shiva information: Wednesday, December 23rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST

Kraft Family Shiva

Zoom Meeting ID: 862 4809 2403, Passcode: 122320

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