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Ms. Yvonne Shirley Zapata Krautwald, age 68, of Grantville, passed away July 15, 2019.
Ms. Krautwald was born May 4, 1951 to the late Antonia Arce De Zapata and Gavino A. Zapata. She spent her early years in the Dominican Republic and New York City. She became a freight forwarder, a career which took her to Houston, TX and Charleston, SC for some time. She finally settled in Georgia where she founded her own freight forwarding company, Raven International. Ms. Krautwald retired from her long-time career in 2007.
Ms. Krautwald was an active member of St. George Catholic Church in Newnan for many years. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, knitting, quilting, reading mystery novels and watching movies. She loved traveling the world, which she did often in her career. Ms. Krautwald had a green thumb and a knack for succulents. She tended to her garden and enjoyed her flowers immensely. She enjoyed baking her favorite desserts: flan and cheesecake. Along with those sweets, she also loved guava pastries.
A little loud and often rambunctious, Ms. Krautwald will be remembered for her big heart and infectious laughter. She was always willing to help others. She loved her children dearly and had a special connection with her grandson, Cade, who called her Mimi. The two enjoyed sitting by the pool and finding mischief together. Her family will always cherish the phrase she said so often: “I love you more. I win!” Memories of Ms. Krautwald’s love and one-of-a-kind laughter will forever be cherished by her family.
Along with her parents, Ms. Krautwald was preceded in death by her beloved husband: Ernie Walter Krautwald. Ms. Krautwald is survived by her children: Jeanette Bridges, Nicole (Brett) Stephens of Newnan and Christian Krautwald of Grantville; grandson: Cade Stephens; beloved canine companion: Chin Chin.
A memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 7527 Bishop Road, Fairburn, GA 30213. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com. The Krautwald family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville.