Alfred Anthony Cramer
1933 - 2020
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The Reverend Alfred A. Cramer died peacefully on November 23, 2020, leaving this earth on the strength of the Psalms and other prayers read to him by his wife of thirty-two years, Janet French Cramer. Janet and Al were married at the Marlboro Meeting House in 1988. They lived first in Marlboro and later in Brattleboro, where Al became a Priest Associate of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

Al spent his life investigating the mysteries of this world and the next. He graduated from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1962 and moved to Seattle, Washington where he served as Curate at St. Mark's Cathedral. He was ordained as a Priest on January 25, 1963. Al's work with Vietnam veterans in Seattle taught him the nature of despair contained in the human heart. He met that despair with compassion and with words from the Bible and stories from Church History.

In 1969, he was called to St. Luke's Parish in Des Moines where he served as Rector. He was the Episcopal Chaplain at Drake University and later Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Burlington, Iowa. After completing a program in Pastoral Counseling, Al focused his attention on marriage and family therapy. In 1991, he was awarded a Masters in Social Work from Smith College, writing a thesis on rural homelessness.

In his later years, Al quietly shared his spiritual fruits with the congregation of St Michael's Episcopal Church and his family. He was known to pray for each member of the Church before retiring for the evening as well as for his four children and their grandchildren. He blessed all who visited his home with "May the Angel of Peace go with you." He had a profound love for classical music and absurdist comedy. He was passionate about politics his entire life, and couldn't go a single day without reading at least three newspapers.

Al leaves his wife, Janet, his two sons of his first marriage, David Cramer of Greenfield, Massachusetts and John Cramer of Chicago, and his daughter and son of his second marriage, Laura Cramer of Austin, Texas and Nicholas Cramer of Philadelphia, along with five grandchildren. To view an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.phaneuf.net/obituaries.



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Published in The Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 28, 2020.
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December 2, 2020
Janet, I'm so sorry to learn of Al's passing. He was a wonderful man and such a good colleague. You must have so many wonderful stories and memories. You and your family are in my prayers.
Diane Root
Acquaintance
December 2, 2020
Al was very dear to me. Through decades, Al shepherded me through many challenges in my life, and I trusted guidance. I took great joy seeing him about town in his sports car with his scarf flying. I took comfort from his insight on so many issues. He was my priest, my counselor, my neighbor, and my friend. My heart is with Janet, and I am in awe of the love and blessing they wove into this world together.
Devin Starlanyl
Friend
November 29, 2020
All my love and condolences to the Cramer family.
Kay Worrel Cotter
Family Friend
November 28, 2020
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Al Cramer was a friend during his courtship and marriage with my sister, Susan Parsons Cramer Our relation resumed when he moved to Brattleboro, Vermont, some years after his divorce from Susan. In the early 2000s, after I had moved to Cambridge, we conversed from time to time on the telephone, and he often had interesting things to say and spoke warmly of Susan, although they had been divorced for some years. I was present when he officiated at the wedding of their son Jack in Chicago in 1966. For the wedding of his son David in 2006, he was present only as a father, but it was enjoyable to spend time with him once again.
Charles Parsons
Family
November 28, 2020
I only met Al a few times, but he was a warm presence. He presided at my grandmother's burial, a token of ongoing friendly involvement with his first wife's family, and I remember the respect with which he spoke of her work across different realms and his praise for a tradition of strong women. He will be much missed by his family, and by the many people to whom he was a pastoral presence. I will mention him tomorrow in my church's prayers. Sylvia Parsons.
Sylvia Parsons
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