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Carolyn Kay Kramer, 77, of Maplemere Farms, Harts Mill Road, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Mercy Living North. Visitation will be from 3-7 Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. A graveside service will follow on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3 pm at Springdale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Paasch, Chad Sweeney, Harlan Seeser, Sean Seeser, Harold Rycroft, Randy Seeser, Mike Kearney, Dave Schutte and honorary pallbearers Jason and Josh Paasch.
Carolyn was born on January 17, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa to Frank and Corabell Traver. She attended Beckwith Elementary School, a one room school house, for her elementary education. She was a 1957 graduate of Clinton High School where she was Homecoming Queen in 1956.
Sorority sister memories: Carolyn was a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College. The year was 1961 and this was the last class to graduate from I.S.T.C (now UNI). Carolyn was a member of Delta Delta Phi Social Sorority (now Gamma Phi Beta). The Delts had lots of fun riding around in Carolyns 1959 white Thunderbird. Carolyn provided us with many happy memories. In 1958 she was an attendant in the Homecoming Court at I.S.T.C. (now UNI). One was truly blessed to have known Carolyn. She was a true friend to all who knew her. She never spoke an unkind word. She was quiet, shy and beautiful. Arrogance was not In her demeanor. The years would pass, but one always remained a true friend. She will be missed. Heaven has another angel.
She and her parents raised, trained and showed Hackney and harness show ponies for which they attained national recognition. Her mothers musical accomplishments were mirrored in Carolyn, as she loved to play the piano and listen to her favorite CDs.
Her only year of teaching 1961-62, was at Wright School in Cedar Rapids, IA. Her kindergarten class knew her love and compassion. Many of those students continued to keep in touch with her through the years with cards and even pictures of their own children. Such were the feelings that impacted all.
She married Larry J. Kramer on August 25, 1962 at the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, IA. She loved her life on the farm overlooking the pasture where horses grazed and she would feed them apples across the fence. She was employed at the Solberg Veterinary Clinic for over 20 years, where her love of animals was truly realized.
She was a member of P.E.O Chapter J.N., a board member of the Clinton Humane Society, a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church and a longtime member of the North Naples Country Club.
She was a true sun lover. She had a special place on Vanderbilt Beach, Naples, Florida where she would place her chair to relax, read and soak up the afternoon sun. May she forever bask in heavenly sunshine.
Survivors include her husband Larry, her brother-in law William (Bill) Kramer of Naples, Florida, and her sister-in-law Mary (Kenneth) Mosley of Longwood, Florida and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Solberg Wildlife Preserve or the Clinton Humane Society.
Published on September 12, 2017
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