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Ella Helena (Sjoholm) Cramer

Born: Fri., Oct. 6, 1922
Died: Mon., Oct. 3, 2016


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Oct. 06, 2016
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Oct. 06, 2016
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

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Ella Helena Cramer, 93, of Buffalo Township, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, while embraced by family. She was lovingly cared for by her family, as well as the staff and nurses of Assisted Living at Rosebrook and Gateway Hospice. Through her life, Ella not only shared grace and kindness to all who knew her, but to so many, she shared her love of music. Singing praises in the church choir began as a young girl in Philadelphia, where her vocal gifts led her to the sound waves of radio in the early 1940's, when she sang to entertain and bolster the spirits of our brave soldiers. This chapter in Ella's life was colored brightly with the vibrancy of Philly, her work as a bookkeeper, visits to the seashore and music-filled nights of worn out dancing shoes. Ella was the daughter of the late Alma "Mum Mum" (Emmanuelsen) and Ernest Sjoholm; and a sister and sister-in-law to the late Alma and Earl Lott and Agnes and Herbert Phillips. Ella met and married her beloved Don in 1945, and left her big city to begin a new chapter on the Cramer's Dairy Farm in Sarver. Ella and Don were blessed with a son, Gary W. Cramer, and a daughter, Linnea J. (Cramer) Thomas. The family eventually settled and built their life in Freeport. Through the years, Ella created a full life as a homemaker and was an active member of Eastern Star. Her love for the Lord enriched her adoration for her church and church family at Trinity Lutheran, where she was a dedicated member, sharing her gifts of music, as well as teaching Sunday School. Working as a shop manager of The Grainery at Jardine's was a highlight in her life, as the opportunity harvested many lifelong friendships. Ella adored her family and time spent with them was always indicative of much laughter over card games, silly teasing and much singing, which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren cherished. She and her husband also loved to travel to Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York, and enjoyed road trips to the New England states. Ella is survived by her son, Gary (Mardell) Cramer, of Mt. Lebanon; her daughter, Linnea (Kurt) Thomas, of Buffalo Township; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Jayson) Covey, of Buffalo Township, and Melissa Babyak, of Portland, Ore.; her great-grandchildren, Emily and Nathan Covey; her brother-in-law, Harold McGuire; and nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, sisters and husband, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Glenn and Olive Cramer; and her sister-in-law, Virginia (Cramer) McGuire. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeport, with the Rev. Jocelyn Johnston officiating. Burial will be held in Sarverville Cemetery, Sarver. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 323 Fifth St., Freeport, PA 16229. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com. And, as Ella would say, "Period."

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Denise Kendel-Stewart
   Posted Wed October 05, 2016
My heart breaks for Mrs. Cramer's family yet I smile as I see her lovely face and know she is now reunited with her loved one's that have passed before her. It was a pleasure to know her...she will be missed by so many! God speed, Ella!

Paul White
   Posted Wed October 05, 2016
Our deepest sympathy is sent to you, Linnea, and also to your brother and your entire family. The obituary for your mom was beautifully written and spoke volumes of the rich life that she had. What a special lady! May she rest in His peace.
Paul and Cyndee White
Sarasota, FL

Judy Saylor
   Posted Wed October 05, 2016
Linnea, My deepest sympathy to you and family. Your Mom was such a nice lady. I will always remember her as part of my "growing up" years. I am sure she is now happy with your Dad and the others that have passed on before her. I hope she will say, "Hello", to my Mom. I will be thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers.

Mary Ann Horsch
   Posted Wed October 05, 2016
My sympathy, Linnea, and families. Your Mom was such a beautiful women and will be missed by many. Mary Ann (Laube) Horsch

The Otterman Family
   Posted Wed October 05, 2016
To The Cramer Family:
We are truly sorry for your loss of a great Lady. Ella sang at our wedding 46 yrs. ago and was a true inspiration as a vocalist and Friend. We visited with her when she was at Concordia Apartments, and shared memories of our time at Trinity Lutheran. She will be truly missed.

Heather (Miller) Heckman
   Posted Thu October 06, 2016
Gary, Linnea and Families,
Please accept my condolences, I am saddened by the news of Ella's passing. I will always treasure the time I was able to spend with her at Rosebrook, what a neat and kind LADY, she was.
May you be comforted by the knowledge that her beautiful voice is ringing though Heaven's gate.

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