Bertha Kramer
1935 - 2014
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METAMORA - Bertha "Bee" D. Kramer, 79, of Metamora passed away on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at her home.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1935, in Hertford County, N.C., to Marcus A. and Hannah (Davidson) Johnson.

Surviving are her husband, Donald E. Kramer; three sons, Steven G. (Debra) Kroll of Bartonville, Ill., Thomas R. (Karen) Kroll of West Peoria, Ill., and Kenneth D. (Shari) Prather of Chillicothe, Ill.; two daughters, Patricia L. (Charles) Kroll-McAllister of Metamora, Ill., and Victoria S. (Steve) Prather-Krumholz of New York, N.Y.; two stepchildren, Karen Kramer White and Donald Kramer; and her brother, G.C. Hodges of North Carolina. She was blessed to have 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, her sister, one granddaughter and her parents.

Bee retired in September of 2000 after being a Realtor for 24 years in Peoria and Syracuse, N.Y.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Bee loved her friends and family and always had a ready smile for everyone. She enjoyed life, family, traveling and dancing with her husband, Don.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following the services will be a celebration of life at the ITOO Society. Inurnment will be at Parkview Mausoleum in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions in her name may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2014.
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November 16, 2014
Love always.
November 8, 2014
I am so sorry hear of your lose. My memories of Bee are from working with her in real estate in Syracuse NY. She had a wonderful smile and laugh and added such happiness with her presence. And all her Bee pins! She spread joy and it was a pleasure having her in my life. Pat Naples
Pat Naples
November 8, 2014
Steve, Tom, Patty and families, Over the years, I have not been able to share a lot of time with you all. However, thanks to my Mother, Phyllis, and her lifelong friendship with Bee, you have never been far from my thoughts. Godspeed and may God Bless you all!
Greg Hamilton
November 7, 2014
Grandma Bee, it's with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes as I write this. Losing my Grandma eleven years ago was definitely a tough time for me. If you had told me then that there was even an inkling of a chance to have another Grandma like her, I would have not believed you. Once again in my life, I humbly sit corrected. Thank God and Grandpa for bringing you into our lives! It didn't take many of your hugs, calling us "sugar", and "love you mores" to win over our hearts. I'm so honored and with all my love am proud to know you as Grandma. My family has been blessed by you and there's no doubt in my mind Grandpa could have been any happier than he was with you these past several years. And again, this isn't goodbye forever. Just goodbye for now. Love you Grandma!
Kurt P. White
November 6, 2014
We have such fond memories of Bee who brought laughter whenever we were together.

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.
Nina and Erik Lutz vonSneidern
November 6, 2014
Thank you for always being wonderful, Bee. You are missed!

Don, we are very sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts, sending you strength.
Alex, Jen, and Josi Lutz (Clarksville, TN)
November 6, 2014
Tom & Karen, we were so saddened to hear of your loss. There simply no way to prepare ourselves for such things. But please try to find some comfort in knowing your loved one is now resting in the arms of the lord.

Walter & Clemmie Graves Family.
Walter Graves
November 5, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I played bunko with Bee and was in Red Hats with her a few years back. I so enjoyed her smile and laughter! My prayers to the family!
Karen Paul
November 5, 2014
Don and family, You have our condolences. We are friends of
Bee from her Real Estate days. Loved her laugh and happy
attitude. Don and Rena Huber, Tremont, IL
Don and Rena Huber
November 5, 2014
Don, so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken. I loved seeing Bee. She always had a smile on her face. Cindy will miss her more than you will ever know.
Terry & Cindy Huxtable
November 5, 2014
I am sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you during this trying time.
Kerry Hobbs
November 4, 2014
I miss you, grandma.
Anastasia lutz
November 4, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Joe and Patty Fortson
November 4, 2014
Pop -- I'm sorry for your loss. Bee was a good woman, and you brought each other great happiness. She would want you to remember the many good times. So do that and smile at the memories.
Rod White
November 4, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Bee was such a ray of sunshine. There are many hearts that ache for you at this time of loss and though no one can take away your sorrow, may the support and concern of others help give you the strength you need from day to day. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Jim & Jeanne Newman
November 4, 2014
Love you, Mom
Victoria Prather
November 4, 2014
We are saddened to hear of Bee's passing. We enjoyed her company at the past years Easter gatherings. Her delightful personality was such a joy to be around and we will always remember Bee. You are all in our prayers.
Jack n Angie Braun
November 4, 2014
I am so sorry for your are all in my prayers and thoughts..Bertha will be missed she was such a wonderful lady.
penny MCCLASKEY (Barry)
November 4, 2014
Don, I share your sorrow. I shall miss my dear, dear, friend, "Honey Bee." Our lives are grayer without her sparking eyes and bright smile. She has taken her sunshine with her to share with those who have gone before. My deepest sympathy to you on your loss.
Sandy Jones
November 4, 2014
June 14, 2014, on the shore of Lake Winnebago, WI
Bee was a truly beautiful lady and, along with her beloved Don, a great traveling buddy. Bee and you have enriched our lives and we are blessed to be among your friends. May the knowledge Bee is with her Lord comfort you, Don.
Alison and Doug Robinson
November 4, 2014
She was such a beautiful person. I will always remember the sparkle in her eyes and the warm laugh. Brings back alot of memories with her and mom. I pray for all of you and know she will always be close in your hearts.
Joni Moran-Anderson
November 4, 2014
uncle Don and family
There is so little one can say, but our hearts goes out to you.
Bee will be missed very much! we will always remember her smiling face. love Jeff and Kim Wampler
Kim Wampler
November 4, 2014
Don and family,we were blessed to have known Bea and the light she gave in our lives.
Bob and Zoe Barker, Washington ,IL.
November 4, 2014
Bee is a beautiful person inside and out. She added so much joy to my life through her presence in our card group. I loved her hugs, her laughter and her beautiful smile. She was a wonderful cook. We will miss her apple cake, her special dips and potato casseroles. Will miss her immensely.
Judy Schaer
November 3, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Thinking of you both very much today!
Aletheia & Marcus Goh
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