Annie Kramer

Annie Kramer

Annie Kramer, 97, Brandon, South Dakota, died Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Bethany Home in Brandon.

A funeral service was Tuesday, July 30, at Valley Springs Reformed Church in Valley Springs, South Dakota.

Annie Gorter was born Dec. 16, 1921, to John and Alice (Holtrop) Gorter in Doon, Iowa.  She attended country school near Doon through the eighth grade. 

Annie married Gerrit “Jay” Kramer on Feb. 23, 1945, in Rock Rapids, Iowa.  She was dedicated to her family and helped Jay in all aspects of the farm.  She was a member of the Valley Springs Reformed Church where she served as president of the Ladies Aid and taught Sunday School for many years.

After moving from the farm, she enjoyed many trips to various cities across the U.S. with her sister, Albertha. In her spare time, she enjoyed embroidery, reading, find-a-word puzzles, and visiting with friends. She enjoyed playing dominoes, Mexican train, and card games with friends and family. Her once-a-month Monday Gorter gatherings were a high priority in her life.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie Kramer of Garretson, South Dakota, Alice and Peter Haan of Brandon, Jennie Kramer of Sioux Falls, Evelyn and Mark Engebretson of Wentworth, South Dakota, Glen and Sue Kramer of Brandon, and Dick and Teresa Kramer of Garretson; special friends Lowell and Seth Rozeboom of Garretson and Jan Boersma of Sioux Falls; grandchildren DeAnn (John), Amy Jo (Kurt), Paul, Pete (Shonci), Jay (Alicia), Eric, Brandon, Jeremy (Jackie), Amy Marie, Benjamin, Maggie; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Clarence and Dee Gorter and Jerald and Bonnie Gorter of Sioux Falls; sisters-in-law Helen Gorter of Brandon and Kathy Gorter of Midland Park, New Jersey; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerrit; sons Garry, Paul, and an infant son; her parents; brothers Fred (Tina) Gorter, Lawrence Gorter, Edwin Gorter, and Peter (Irene Reitsma) Gorter; and sisters Alberta (Bert) Smidstra and Evelyn Gorter.

Arrangements were provided by George Boom Funeral Home, Brandon, South Dakota,

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