Obit: Kramer, Helen (1899 - 1998)

Contact: Linda Mertens


Surnames:  Kramer, Schaefer, Heyman, Powers, Wolf, Sebold, Skerbeck

----Source - Helen Johnson's Scrapbook

 Helen Margaret Kramer (15 Oct 1899 - 28 Jan 1998)

Helen Margaret Kramer, 98, Dorchester, died at 11:40 p.m. Jan. 28, 1998, at Colonial House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Colby.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester with the Rev. James Schaefer officiating.

Burial will be in Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Kramer, William Heyman, Dan Powers, Charles Wolf, Jack Kramer, Robert Heyman and Richard Powers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Maurina Funeral Home in Dorchester.  The Parish Council of Catholic Women and parish rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Helen Margaret Sebold was born Oct. 15, 1899, in the town of Mayville, rural Dorchester, the daughter of Wolfgang and Anna (Skerbeck) Sebold.  She received her early education at the Cleveland school in the town of Mayville and attended St. Louis Catholic Grade School.  As a young girl, Helen helped her family on the farm and also was a switchboard operator with Midway Telephone Company in Dorchester until 1930.

On Nov. 18, 1930, Helen and Alfred Conrad Kramer were united in marriage at St. Louis Catholic Church.  They moved to Pittsville where her husband worked a cheesemaker.  Later they lived in Tony, Rusk County, where Alfred was plant manager and cheesemaker for a local co-op.  In 1941 the family returned to Dorchester and farmed in the town of Mayville.  She returned to work for the Midway Telephone Co. as a relief operator until the early 1960s.  She retired in 1968 and continued to live on the home farm.

She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and was active in the Parish Council of Catholic Women where she served as vice president for 30 years.  A homemaker, she was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking and baking.

She will be missed by her loving children, Daniel (Armella) Kramer of Wausau, James Kramer of Dorchester, Richard (Mary) Kramer of Springstead and Kathleen (Louis) Heyman of Wausau: seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and her brother; Louis (Geraldine) Sebold of Dorchester.

Helen was predeceased by her husband on Nov. 1, 1995; her parents; four brothers and five sisters.



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