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Jean Kramer


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Jean Kramer Obituary
Jean Hiatt Kramer, Born December 27, 1930. A long term resident of the Town and community "activist" died peacefully at her home of 60 years in Brookline on Sunday, November 2, 2014. She was 83 years old and had been battling cancer for over the past year. Born in 1930, with deep midwestern roots, she had lived in Chicago, Hartford, Minneapolis, and Cambridge before moving with her husband and young daughter to Brookline in 1964. She was a graduate of the Northrup Collegiate School for Girls in Minneapolis and of Smith College. In moving to Brookline, she was fond of saying We came for the schools but stayed for "The Community" a reflection on the town she loved and to which she contributed sourcefully over a long life as: Founder and past Chairman of the Brookline Historical Society (now Preservation Commission) Appointed member of the Brookline Council on Aging Editor for over twenty years of the Council on Aging Newsletter Author of "A Pictorial History of Brookline" Coeditor and contributer to "Brookline; Our Stories" Founder, with Irving Schwartz, of "Telling Your Story", an autobiographical writing course for "seniors" sponsored by The Brookline Adult Education Center and now in its 26th year. An insatiable reader , devotee of classical music, and "traveler" her preeminent heros were Emily Dickinson and George Frederick Handel and with her husband she traveled extensively in the US, Europe, Mexico and most recently Cuba, her "new frontier". The oldest of three siblings she is preceeded in death by that of her sister, The Rev. Suzanne Hiatt, whe led the successful fight to ordain women as priests in the Episcopal Church and her brother Dr. John A Hiatt, a family physician in Minneapolis. As a devoted wife, mother and grandmother she leaves her husband of sixty years, Robert Kramer of Brookline, her daughter, Margaret Kramer of Seattle, son William Kramer of Maplewood, four grandchildren and a legion of loya friends. A selfprofessed "Townsman" for all time, she will be interred at Walnut Hills Cemetery in the Town of Brookline with a Memory Party to be scheduled at a ater date. Time and location to be announced.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, 2014
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