Diane E. Kraus, 49

Owned freight company

November 11, 2006

Diane E. Kraus, founder and president of a Baltimore freight company, died of complications from colon cancer Monday at her Catonsville home. She was 49.

She was born in Baltimore and raised in the Villa Nova section of Baltimore County. She was a 1974 graduate of Milford Mill High School and studied business at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and at Catonsville Community College.

She began working in 1980 for D. Lee Kraus & Co., her family's import and export business, and earned her customhouse broker's license in 1991.

She remained as vice president of the company until 2003 when she established Kraus International, a Locust Point freight company.

Ms. Kraus had been president of the Traffic Club of Baltimore and the Baltimore Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. She was an active member of the Propeller Club of Baltimore and the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association.

Ms. Kraus enjoyed traveling and skiing.

She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 922 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are her son, David Lee Zappacosta of Catonsville; her parents, D. Lee and Shirley Kraus of Rock Hall; a sister, Linda Simpson of Rock Hall; and her companion of 25 years, Ronald V. Zappacosta.

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