OBITUARY

Kathleen Cramer

December 7, 1946July 9, 2013
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Kathleen (“Kathie”) Cramer (née Muehlig), 66, of Ypsilanti died on July 9, 2013, from complications of multiple sclerosis. She is survived by her husband, Don Cramer, and her cousins Carol Muehlig of Ann Arbor and Linda Muehlig, of Northampton, Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her mother Adelyn (“Fay”) Muehlig, and father, Erwin Muehlig. Kathie graduated from Ann Arbor High School and attended the University of Michigan (1964-68), where she studied languages and engineering, and Washtenaw Community College (1968-70), where she studied languages and mathematics. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in business computing in 1979. At Eastern, she first worked at the school library, and in 1983, began working in the University Computing department in financial aid and then in student systems. When she was diagnosed with MS in 1993, she continued to work at the university and then from home, until her retirement in 2005. Don and Kathie first met in 1967 and discovered their mutual interests in computers, motorcycles, theater, and cats. They became engaged in 1969 and were married on July 11, 1970 at the First Congregational Church in Ypsilanti, departing after the reception on a motorcycle, with Kathie wearing her wedding veil. In the 1970s they often joined the Michigan Cycle Conservation Club for trail rides. Kathie was a hobbyist in the fiber arts. Knitting (and shopping at yarn stores) was her favorite, with rug-hooking being a close second. She also did some spinning, weaving, macramé and bobbin lace. Kathie played Dungeons and Dragons, and later became an avid online “gamer” in multi-player adventure/fantasy games, interests that she eagerly pursued for almost three decades. Don and Kathie enjoyed trips to Seattle, Charleston, SC, and a trip to London and the Isle of Man, but their favorite trip was a Smithsonian cruise on the Alaskan inside passage, a late celebration of their 20th anniversary. In 1998, they custom-designed and built their timber-framed home in Ypsilanti with accessibility features to accommodate Kathie and her mobility scooter. Kathie didn’t allow MS to discourage her in any way. A memorial service will be held July 29, 2013 at 11:oo a.m. at the Muehlig funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor, The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Services

  • Gathering OF Friends And Family Monday, July 29, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, July 29, 2013
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David and Elaine Pastor

July 30, 2013

Don....Working with you and your Father for many years brought me in contact with Kathie many time at many events. She was a lovely lady and will surely be missed. Our condolences to you and your family.

Richard Houser

July 29, 2013

I was introduced to the Cramers by my friend Susan. I had never met anyone like Kathy before. She had the keenest wit and the biggest heart of anyone I've ever known. She was the kind of friend we should all aspire to be. I will miss her.

Dennis and Carol Farmer

July 28, 2013

Don and family,

We remember Kathy fondly for her friendship and support when I started working at the library at Eastern, Dennis and I remember her and the adventures with Dungeons and Dragons fondly,

Pat Hooley

July 27, 2013

Kathie and I spent many hours working on the student systems at EMU. She was my mentor and good friend. We could talk about programming, science fiction stories, and pets. I'll always remember her refusals at work to take a kitten my husband and I had found, but a call at home asking if she and Don could stop over for a 'pre-adoption interview.' They ended up taking Mr. Furr. I'll miss her a lot.

Susan Houser

July 20, 2013

I will miss Kathie...her laugh, her wit and her "to the point" commentary. She was a great friend and an imaginative gamer!

It has been my privilege to be her friend.

July 16, 2013

May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. We considered Kathy our friend and her legacy will live on in the persons she touched. God Bless you all.

Nicolas Sr. and Jennifer Haroney Dexter Michigan

Earl Roggeman

July 15, 2013

My condolences to her family. I knew Cathy from my time working In Financial Aid and our Student Aid Management system.

Brian Kuhl

July 14, 2013

I will always remember playing my first computer games (Space Invaders) with Aunt Kathie and Unlce Don. She always smiled when my family was able to come visit. I'm so happy that I was able to spend time with her in both my childhood and my adult years. It was always fun to listen to her comments as she played her computer games and demolished her opponents. She will be missed dearly, but I look forward to seeing her and our many loved ones again one day in Heaven.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY