Fannie Marie Hershberger
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age 79, of Minerva, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at her home. She was born Sept. 4, 1934 in Middlefield, Ohio to Andrew and Anna (Bontrager) Hershberger. She married John Edwin Kramer in 1952 and had ten children. On Jan. 20, 1967, John died in a tragic accident on Berlin Lake, leaving her with eight small children, three of which were severely handicapped. In 1972, she moved to Brazil, South America, where she lived until 1978 when she returned to Ohio. She married Murel Roberts on Dec. 3, 1985 and lived in East Rochester. Murel passed away in Feb. 13, 2005 leaving her lonely. In 2009, she moved to Minerva and lived with her son, Elvis who has cared for her during her illness. Friends that assisted in the care of Fannie Roberts include Mary Cantrell, Kathy Stacker and stepdaughter, Kathryn Gribble.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Twila Kramer, five sons, Dennis, Peter, Jimmy, infant sons, Phillip and Philemon Kramer, a sister, Sarah Coblentz and two infant brothers. She is survived by four sons, Curtis (Mary Lee) Kramer of Canton, Elvis Kramer of Minerva, Ferris (Rosalynda) Kramer of El Campo, Texas and John (Margaret) Kramer of Hungerford, Texas; stepdaughter, Kathryn Gribble, three daughters-in-law, Freda Kramer, Arlyn Kramer and Barbara Coblentz; 21 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Bethany Mennonite Church in Hartville. Those wishing to share condolences may sign the online register at
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Published in The Repository on Apr. 20, 2014