Margaret Solaro Kramer Peggy Solaro Kramer left this life at home in Ukiah on December 17. She began life in Garden City, Kansas on July 5, 1945. During her first ten years her family moved around the Midwest, living in Colorado and North and South Dakota while her father worked as an entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When her family settled in California, Peggy attended high school first in Castro Valley and then in Clarksburg. During her teen years she developed a lifelong love of horses, which led her to participate in many equestrian events. Peggy began a career in science with a B.A. from Cal State University at Hayward in Biology, and did graduate work on reptiles. She went on to work ten years for the U.S. Forest Service in Berkeley doing research on bark beetle infestation in Northern California. While working in Berkley she purchased land on Greenfield Ranch near her brother Marvin, his wife Yvonne, and her niece and two nephews. At the ranch she raised horses and belonged to the local Arabian Horse Society. In the 1990s many Redwood Valley residents knew Peggy as their mail carrier. She loved driving her small white Jeep around the Valley at Christmas time delivering packages. Peggy's life changed again when she married Emil Solaro, and they spent time traveling in Mexico. Scuba diving in Cancun was a favorite memory. Sadly, the last decade of Peggy's life was overshadowed by chronic illness. Peggy is predeceased by her mother Margaret, her father Marvin C., and her husband Emil. She is survived by three siblings, Marvin G. Kramer of Ukiah, Michael Kramer of Cobb Mountain, and Kathi Kramer Gomes of Clarksburg, Ca., and her niece Theresa Kramer Johnson, nephews Alexander and Andrew Kramer and Jamie and Ryan Gomes, and 10 great nieces and nephews. Peggy's kindness and humor will be missed by friends and family.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Jan. 12, 2014