RACINE - Rita M. Cramer, 76, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2003, at Lakeshore Manor.

She was a lifelong resident of Racine born on June 19, 1927, to the late Peter and Mable (nee: Kosterman) Cramer.

Rita lived her life serving others. She attended Holy Name Grade School and St. Catherine's High School, graduating in 1945. She was a graduate of St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac and began her nursing career as a Staff Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital for 15 years and then became a Surgical Nurse for Drs. Christiansen and Hammes for more than 25 years. Following her retirement, she gave much of her time volunteering at the Racine Zoo Gift Shop and Ridgewood Healthcare Center. Her family, especially her nieces and nephew, were the most important part of her life. She was an avid photographer, an interest that created many precious memories for her family and friends. Rita also loved to fish and spent many enjoyable hours fishing the Mississippi River in Lynxville.

Rita will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law, Catherine Cramer of Racine; nieces, Carol (Edward) Banaszak of Naples, Fla., Judith (Allen) Isen of Lynxville, Anita (Robert) Atkinson of Racine, Mary Lee (Patrick) Stewart of Greendale, Patricia (Bruce) Haertel, Mary Ellen Noe, both of Racine, Kathryn (Donald) Robers of Kenosha, Margaret (Pennell) Hamilton of Woodbridge, Conn., and JoAnn (Thomas) Leuenberger of Racine; nephew, James (Barbara) Cramer of Racine; many great- and great-great- nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leroy and James Cramer; sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Ray Noe; and great-nephew, Steven Vertz.

Complete Funeral services will be held at St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Avenue, on Wednesday, October 1, 2003. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack Kern officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Highway 32, will follow. All are invited to visit with the family at the church on Wednesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Memorials to St. Richard Church or St. Catherine's High School have been suggested.

The families of Rita Cramer would like to extend their appreciation for the care and kindness that had been shown to Rita during her stay at Lakeshore Manor.

DRAEGER-LANGENDORF

FUNERAL HOME

1910 Taylor Avenue637-6514

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