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Clara K. Kramer

d. October 10, 2010

Clara K. Kramer

Clara Kramer, 102, of Fort Dodge, died October 10, 2010, at Friendship Haven.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, October 15, at First United Methodist Church with visitation on Thursday, October 14, from 4:30 to 7 P.M. at the Celebration Center at Friendship Haven and one hour before the service at the church.  Internment will be at North Lawn Cemetery.

Clara Koerner, daughter of Frederick and Rosa Koerner, was born October 31, 1907, on the family farm near Anthon, Iowa.  She graduated from Oto High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.  She did additional course work at Drake University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She taught school in Whitten and Pierson before coming to Fort Dodge where she taught 5th grade for many years at Carpenter School.  She was principal of Arey School from 1941-1946.

She married Vern A. Kramer on June 4, 1943, and they made their home in Fort Dodge.  Clara was active in her community:  at church working with Sunday School and United Methodist Women; Camp Fire Girls where she received the Gulick Award for her service; American Cancer Society as memorial chair; Garden Club; Story Tellers Club; and a 50 year plus member of Chapter IM, P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She loved her family, friends, entertaining, cooking, gardening, needlework, playing cards and fishing.  She showed love and kindness to all, spreading sunshine, always looking for the silver lining behind every cloud.

Clara is survived by her sons Vern (Violetta) of Santa Ana, California; James (Marta) of Fort Dodge; daughter Louise of St. Paul, Minnesota; five grandsons: Frederick of Santa Ana, California; Alexander of Washington, D.C.; Jeffrey (Erika) of Champagne, Illinois; Gregory of Charleston, South Carolina; Charles of Iowa City; and “her second daughter” Elaine Strohfus of St. Paul, Minnesota.  She was preceded in death by her husband.

Memorial may be directed to First United Methodist Church to be used for their Sunday School programs.

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