Susan "Bunki" Kramer|
Jan. 18, 1945 - May 1, 2014
Resident of Walnut Creek
Retired teacher and artist Bunki Kramer passed away at home Thursday night surrounded by her family after a brief battle with late-stage breast cancer. She was 69.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Bunki grew up in Maine and North Carolina and graduated from Garner High School in 1963. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and taught high school art before marrying Thomas Morris Kramer, with whom she moved to California in 1980 and raised three children.
Bunki's creativity fueled her boutique business, Bunkiwho, in which she sewed and sold appliquéd sweatshirts to McCullough's in the 1980's. She went on to lead the art program at Los Cerros Intermediate School for almost 25 years before retiring in 2013. Bunki also taught adult students and fellow teachers, and she co-produced "Oodles of Ideas," a DVD for art teachers through a national art association. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, antiquing, decorating, crafting, and cradling each of her newborn grand-babies.
Bunki is survived by her three children, Angela Fox and husband Rob, Whitney Barazoto and husband Dan, and Beau Kramer and wife Melissa, and seven grandchildren: J.T., Ashley, Cameron, Lucas, Elizabeth, Nicole, and newborn baby Thomas. She was the daughter of Louise White Dolan, also a resident of Rossmoor, who passed away in 2012.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Bunki's art and life on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 4-7pm in the Fairway room at Creekside Clubhouse in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bunki's name to Hospice of the East Bay http://hospiceeastbay.org/donate) or the Bunki Kramer Art Scholarship Fund (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published in Contra Costa Times on May 4, 2014