Marian R. Krammes, October 31, 1920 - December 25, 2013

Marian R. Krammes

Marian R. Krammes, 93, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, early Christmas morning, December 25, 2013 at The Lodge in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Marian was born to John and Alice (Rossow) Mayo in the Town of Union in 1920, the fifth of seven children. She graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1938 and was employed by Wisconsin Bell as a telephone operator from 1942 to 1950. Marian married Dale Krammes on August 20, 1949 at the First Baptist Church in Eau Claire.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, an auxiliary member of the Gideons and served as secretary/treasurer of the Eau Claire Women’s Christian Temperance Union for many years. For much of her life, she faithfully visited friends and family who were shut-ins.

Marian devoted her life to nurturing and guiding her family. She frequently attended to details that would go unnoticed by most. She prepared delicious meals, earnestly prayed for her relatives and friends, and corresponded faithfully with letters and cards. She lived simply and frugally, always aware of those who were less fortunate.

A lover of traditional hymns and gospel songs, she would often have a refrain on her lips as she went about her daily chores. Family times frequently involved spontaneous singspirations around the piano. As a result of her devotion to inspiring hymns and the great classics, she nurtured in her children and grandchildren the wonderful gift of music. 

One of Marian’s pleasures was a good game of Scrabble. She quietly enjoyed the discovery of an appropriate word in the midst of scrambled tiles. Winning was not the most important thing to her, but rather playing all her letters was the optimal goal and ultimately finishing well, a powerful metaphor for her life.

Marian is survived by her husband, Dale; her children, Barry and (Beth) of Whittier, California and Amy of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren Brent, BreeAnna, Blake and Lillie; sister Muriel Custer of Bloomer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Harold; and three sisters, Lillian (Lone), Gladys (Holmen) and Phyllis Mayo.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3036 Epiphany Lane, Eau Claire, WI 54703. Pastors John van Gorkom and Ralph Miller will officiate. Visitation will take place at the church an hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, Marian preferred that gifts be given in her memory to AMG International, 6815 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Lynda M. January 9, 2014

    Amy - I've been thinking of you and Lillie lately (and your dad). The obituary for your mom is very lovely. I hope your dad is doing okay after your mom's death. And I hope her stay at The Lodge was a blessing to her and your family. Prayers to you all.
    Lynda, St. Francis Hospital

  2. Jane and Gordon Barry January 8, 2014

    Amy, Barry, Dale and family

    Our thoughts are with you - we are glad we could visit with Marian this past year. Many good memories.

    We will be at the service this Saturday.

    Love, cousina Gordon and Jane Barry

  3. bonnie January 7, 2014

    Dear Amy,
    My deepest condolences to you, Lillie, your father,
    and the entire Krammes family. Marian was a lovely lady who loved her dear savoir and her family. She is in glory with her Lord, experiencing unspeakable joy in his presence. My love and prayers are with you all. Bonnie

  4. Kelly (Kindschi) Seichter January 7, 2014

    Amy, our dear friend, we hope you are feeling the love and support of family and friends around you. I have good memories of your folks as we navigated our high school years. You were blessed with good parents and now have become one yourself. Know that our hearts and prayers are going out to you during this difficult time.

  5. John Qualheim January 6, 2014

    I'm sorry I will not not be back to EC in time to attend your Mom's service. The obit was wonderfully written and reminded me of so many of the neighborhood Moms of that era. Take care.

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