Theresia Kramer -- 2001
Theresia Barbara Stahlecker Kramer was born on Aug. 12, 1908, to John Stahlecker and Maria Dobler Stahlecker on the family farm 9 1/2 miles north of Bethune.
The family lived here until 1916. Theresia started to grade school at Prairie View School. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Bethune. From here the family moved to the place 4 miles north of Bethune, now owned by Dr. Joe Bohnen. The John
Stahlecker family built the house, bam. granary and the other necessary buildings. They lived on this place for the next 7 years. She was confirmed at the Hope Church in the spring of 1922. From here the family moved to a farm near Mosca. Theresia went to Mosca school and .completed grade school there. At this time she became regular hand on the family farm.
On Feb. 26, 1928, she was married to Wm. Kramer at the community church in Mosca. Bill and Theresia moved to their farm north of Bethune. Theresia again became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Bill and Theresia lived on this farm for the next 66 years. They endured hardships, droughts, dust
storms, hail storms, and many good years too. All their children went to school at Prairie View School for the first 8 years and then to Bethune High School.
Bill and Theresia were a couple involved in their community where they were 4-H leaders, Farm Bureau members
and leaders, and also serving on various positions at Immanuel's church. Theresia was a Sunday school teacher for 25 years. They were also involved with the RSVP in Burlington.
Due to Bill's health they moved to Bethune in September 1994. Bill passed away in July 1997. Theresia lived alone in Bethune until late 2000 when due to her health she be came a resident at the Burlington Care Center and later at Grace Manor Care Center.
Theresia liked to work with children, being a 4-H leader and putting on programs with children. She was chosen girl's chaperone on the Bethune Senior Sneak trip in 1948.
Her hobbies were cooking, quitting and tatting, (almost a lost art). She was a flower person, always having flowers around and in the house. She also liked to garden.
Theresia departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grace Manor Care Center in Burlington.
Theresia is survived by 3 sisters, Martha Adolf, Burlington; Lydia Adolf, Bethune; and Dorothea Klein, Wray; 2 brothers, Andrew, Alamosa and Walter Stahlecker, Colorado Springs; 1 son, Norman and wife Betty of Bethune; 2 daughters, Irene Kramer Hilt, and Doris and husband George Barchenger of Grand Junction; 11 grandchildren, 21
great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Theresia was preceded in death by her husband Bill; her parents, one son-in-law, Gilbert Hilt, and one grandchild.