Funeral services for Maria Magdalena Kramer were Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bethune. Hendricks Mortuary was in charge of arrangements and Pastor Michael Greenwalt officiated. Song selections were “Going Down The Valley” and “Alone With God”. Singers were the men’s choir. The pianist was Jean Weisshaar. Casket bearers were the grandsons and the honorary casket bearers were the granddaughters. Interment was in Immanuel Cemetery.
Maria Magdalena (Stahlecker) Kramer was born in Burlington, on April 3, 1904, the daughter of Johannes (John) and Maria (Dobler) Stahlecker. Mary was baptized and confirmed in the old rock church of Immanuel Lutheran, growing up in the settlement community. In 1923 she moved to Mosca with her family. Mary was married to Chris Kramer in Mosca on Oct. 25, 1925. After becoming married Chris and Mary made their home together on a farm north of Bethune until 1957, when they moved to Burlington. Three children were born to this union: Lorena Bucholz of Grand Junction, Max Kramer of Bethune, and Edward Kramer of Colorado Springs. Mourning her death are her three children, Lorena, Max, and Edward. A son-in-law Alvin Bucholz, two daughter-in-laws Mildred Kramer and Lucille Kramer. Her four sisters; Mrs. Martha Adolf of Burlington, Mrs. Theresia Kramer of Bethune, Mrs. Lydia Adolf of Bethune, Mrs. Dorothy Klein of Rocky Ford. Mary’s two brothers; Andrew Stahlecker of Alamosa, Walter Stahlecker of Florence. Also nine grandsons, four granddaughters, two great grandsons, one great granddaughter, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceeding [sic] her in death were; her loving husband Chris, who died Jan. 24, 1982. Also two brothers, and two sisters. Mary enjoyed her many house plants, her garden and handcrafts. Her favorite activity was piecing quilts and quilt tops for her family and for Lutheran World Relief.
She was active in the ALCW, RSVP, and in earlier years enjoyed helping with Sunday School and 4-H activities. After several years of failing health and the past four months of hospitalization in Denver and Burlington, Mary passed away at Grace Manor Care Center on June 15, at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 12 days.