Wilhelmina Key Kramer, 101, of Weston, Conn., died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Westport, Conn. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Mo., where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband and family.
Pastor Michael Stoerger will officiate. Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal are in charge of local arrangements.
Wilhelmina Key Kramer, Mina, was born at home in Hannibal on June 10, 1912, to her beloved mother Wilhelmina, (Minnie) Walter and William Tipton Key. A brother, Tipton Richard, “Bud,” and a sister, Gwendolyn Jean, followed.
After a childhood spent in Hannibal, she was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange College. She worked as an administrative assistant, before taking a position at the Missouri Ordinance Works in Louisiana, Mo., where she rose to head the personnel department. In 1945, she married Richard M. Kramer and moved to Mission, Kan., where they had three children.
The family moved to Weston, Conn., in 1955. While raising her family, Mina was a leader in Girl Scouts and active in the Norfield Grange. She also became a member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, lately becoming its longest attending member. In the 1960s, she started and owned a successful small business, “Crock ‘n Bowl” in Ridgefield, Conn.
Mina and her family traveled extensively worldwide. With her husband Richard, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi to Louisiana. Mina was a proud member of the Drum Hill DAR of Wilton, Conn., for over 50 years. She enjoyed the weekly Seniors Luncheon, in Weston, continuing to attend after her husband’s passing.
She was married for 57 years to Richard Kramer. He died in September 2002. Wilhelmina is survived by her three children, Richard Key Kramer, Carolyn Kramer and Cynthia Kramer, as well as two nieces, Kandace Key Bearly and Janamarie Key Dugle.
Wilhelmina was a blessing to her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com .