Louise Emma Kramer
April 12, 1927 - May 11, 2019
Louise E Kramer passed away May 11th knowing family and love.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1927 to farmers Arthur and “Patsy” Mueller. During the Great Depression, her family lost the farm and lived with various relatives. At one point, Louise’s bedroom was the display of a defunct store. Her family persevered and in time built and ran a greenhouse business. Louise was in college bound classes at her high school and earned the title of Queen of the Cuyahoga County Fair due to being active in her local 4-H group.
Louise met Eugene Thomas when her big brother, William Mueller, married Eugene’s cousin, Doris Sharkey. Eugene was smitten. They married September 20, 1947 and moved to Aurora, Illinois. Together they had 9 children and lived happily in the home they built on Farnsworth Avenue. During this time, she was busy tending to her children while also working to make sure that everyone had quality time with her. Louise and Eugene enjoyed time with their family, dancing, playing cards, and socializing with friends. Her life came to a big change when her mother passed in 1969, then Eugene passed in 1970 and their son, Dale, suddenly passed in 1971.
After living in Batavia, Illinois for a little while, she asked a friend from Ohio out on a date. Two weeks later Fred Kramer proposed and they married February 15, 1973. The couple moved to Brooklyn Heights, Ohio and then to Yorkville, Illinois. Fred and Louise enjoyed travelling. Together they went to all 50 States, with exception of Alaska, and really enjoyed time at Heidelberg Beach. In 1987 she was certified as a decorative artist by the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters and was quite active with her painting group, the Illinois Prairie Painters. Not long after, she went to the Smithsonian to see her artwork on their Christmas tree. She published original work in magazines. Changes came again when Fred passed in 1993.
Louise then shared a home with her youngest daughter and family in Sandwich, Illinois where she continued to live an active life by spending time with her family, playing her version of pinochle, travelling to the White House to meet Laura Bush for painting an ornament on the White House Christmas tree, exploring Costa Rica and Australia with her middle daughter, chasing alligators in Florida with Uncle Bob, climbing mountains in northern Nevada, and becoming certified in Zhostovo painting (which required classes in Russia). She was also the logo to Grandma Weezer’s Stuff’s tie dye where she and her youngest made and sold tie dyed clothing. On top of that, she was active in her community and enjoyed her knitting group, book clubs, and exercise classes. She also worked to get the referendum passed for the new library in town. Among other talents, she was able to knit, crochet, tat, embroider, sew, marble, quilt, cane chairs, weave, you name it and she could not only do it, but teach it to her friends and family. She could also beat just about all in Trivial Pursuit, putt put golf, and bowling. Two of Louise’s biggest gifts was her ability to put people first and to encourage others to be just as adventurous as she was.
Louise is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Mathilda Mueller, her sister Virginia Mueller, brother Bill Mueller, niece Gail Mueller and Bill’s wife, Doris. Husbands Eugene Thomas and Fred Kramer, children Dale Thomas and Patty Thomas, her sister Virginia Mueller, and her brother Bill Mueller.
Surviving children are Cheryl Hanson, Gale Kramer, Jean (Jim) Birch, Joan (Jerry) Coan, Glen Thomas, Ellen (Steve) Lattin, Frank Thomas, Brian Thomas, and Becky (Bill) Clemons. Grandchildren are Bill Kramer, Jonathan (Jen) Kramer, Michael (Claire) Birch, Beth (Steve) Lesniak, Dale (Alicia) Stark, Raymond Stark, Shannon Stark, Katie (Ryan) Vester, Kristina Thomas, Frank Thomas, Bob Thomas, Michelle (Robert) Cormier, Amanda (Justin) Glover, Amy Thomas, Ryan Gamble, John Gamble, Allie Evenson, Fred Clemons, and Maggie Clemons. Great-grandchildren are abundant as well.
A memorial service will be held June 8th from 1-3 at the Meadowhawk Lodge at the Hoover Forest Preserve located at 11285 Fox Road in Yorkville, Illinois. Her ashes will have been lain to rest next to Eugene Thomas at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora earlier that day. Donations can be sent to the Sandwich Public Library District where a tree will also be planted in her honor.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hoover Forest Preserve
11285 Fox Road
Yorkville, IL 60548
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