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Connie A. Kramer
Connie A. Kramer, 63, of Lena passed away Monday evening, Jan. 28 at her home.
Born May 15, 1949 to Delmar and Florence (Niles) Buelow, she married William Kramer on April 17, 1977. She attended St. Paul Lutheran School and Green Bay East High School, where she picked up her first instrument and began her musical journey.
After graduating from UW-Oshkosh with a degree in instrumental music education in 1971, her lifes great adventure began. She was hired by Lena High School and served her school with passion and integrity for 38 years. She was a role model, confidant, mentor and great friend to her students. Her kindness and wisdom made a lifelong impression on those around her. She instilled in her students and community a deep and abiding respect for the Nations veterans with yearly Memorial Day parades and Veterans Day programs.
After retirement in 2009, she took her gift for music education on the road, to St. Martins Lutheran School in Clintonville, where she volunteered for the past four years. As a proud member of the Wisconsin School Music Association, the National Band Association and the North East Wisconsin Concert Band, she worked diligently to provide quality programs for the young people of the state and her community. A few of her accomplishments are, staff member at UWGB band camp for many years, guest conductor of various Honor Bands throughout the state, initiated the National Band Association Junior High All State Honors Band, which she coordinated for many years, brought together the Lena Community to build the Veterans Memorial Park in 2009, her Wild Game Feed the past 15 years which raised funds for Cerebral Palsy, organized the Targeting Breast Cancer trap shoot, member of the Oconto Falls Sportsmens Club, started the Summer Youth Trap Shoot at Lena High School, John Phillip Sousa Band Award, numerous appreciation awards from the Sons of the American Revolution, the Oconto Jaycees, American Legion, and Veteran Groups, and 2009 State of Wisconsin Music Educator of the Year.
Surviving are her husband of 35 years, William Kramer of Lena; her mother, Florence (Meadowlands) Buelow of Oconto Falls; a sister, Cristene (Neil) Redding of California; a sister-in-law, Marsha Kramer (Donald) Groh of Lena; brothers-in-law, Mark, John (Sue) and Paul (Jo) Kramer, all of Lena and six nieces.
She was preceded in death by her father, Delmar Buelow and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Norma Kramer.
Friends may call at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, Lena on Friday, Feb. 1 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation will continue at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lena on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ryan Landwehr officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family will make donations in her name to support some of her many charities.