Walter William Kramer

Funeral services for Walter William Kramer, 94, of Watertown and formerly of Norwood Young America (NYA), were held on Jan. 22, from St. John's Lutheran Church, NYA, with the Rev. Scott Gunderson officiating.

Mr. Kramer died on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at the Elim Nursing Home in Watertown.

Pallbearers were Dean Hartwig, Gregory Hartwig, Keenan Weise, Brian Gilster, Patrick Hukriede and Mark Pieper. Honorary pallbearers were were Lynn Lombardi, Keith and Sherry Weise, Marjorie Wente, Sue Hartwig, Tracy Gilster, Brenda Hukriede and Kimberly Pieper. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Kramer was born to Dietrich and Mary (Thomas) Kramer on July 8, 1905, in Young America Township, where he resided for 86 years. He was baptized on Aug. 20, 1905, and confirmed on April 19, 1919, at St. John's Lutheran Church in NYA, where he was a lifelong member.

On March 29, 1934, Mr. Kramer was united in marriage to Olga Milschewsky at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. The couple made their home on the family farm in rural NYA, where they farmed until retirement. In September 1992, they moved to Elim Meadows in Watertown.

Mr. Kramer was an active member of the St. John's Lutheran Church Men's Club and Lutheran Laymen's League. He also was on the board of trustees and the board of elders at St. John's Lutheran.

He was a volunteer driver for LWML and assisted at the Economy Center in Hopkins for many years. He also was active in the National Farmers Organization (NFO).

Other interests and hobbies included woodworking, gardening, cards, fishing, making piece quilts for World Relief and his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughters, Arlys (Cary) Hartwig of Lester Prairie, Joyce (Gary) Gilster of Prior Lake and Loris Kramer of NYA; grandchildren, Lynne Lombardi of Annandale, Va., Sherry (Keith) Weise of Lester Prairie, Dean Hartwig of Glencoe, Greg (Sue) Hartwig of Winsted, Brian (Tracy) Gilster of Montana, Brenda (Patrick) Hukriede of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Mark (Kimberly) Pieper of Maple Grove; great-grandchildren, Kahl, Lejia and Thera Lombardi, Keenan and Beau Weise, Anastasia and Mitchell Hartwig, Natalie, Christian and Noah Pieper; sister, Rhoda Jones of St. Louis Park; sister-in-law, Hulda Kramer of NYA; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Olga; sisters, Minnie Schrupp, Ella Schwartz, Lydia Schultz and Florence Kempfert; brother, Edwin Kramer; and baby grandson Gilster.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of NYA handled arrangements.

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