Many families in Green Bay who had children with speech problems benefited from professional therapy she provided through the Green Bay School system. Carolyn loved working with kids, and she did it for over 30 years in the company of associates who remained her dear friends and visited her virtually every week through the three years she was a resident at Woodside Lutheran Nursing Home following a stroke. Their presence was a testament to the love and regard for their dear friend, my companion and wife of 25 years.
Her love of dogs was profound. Her first dog was Toughie, a Miniature Schnauzer. Another Schnauzer, Greta, was a sweetheart. Then come three fiery Irish Terriers in succession: Keagan; Brandi; and the current resident, Rufus, a six-year-old rescue. She often said, “I love dogs so much it hurts.”
Born on September 18, 1948, in Osseo, Wis., she is the daughter of the late Barabro and Fritz Klatt. She graduated from Osseo High School, where she was an exemplary student who played in the band and belonged to several academic groups. It was there that she formed friendships with three other girls, and though they now live in California, Texas, and Maine, they attended high school reunions together. They also came to visit following Carolyn’s stroke and subsequent move to Woodside.
Carolyn went on to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, graduated in 1970, then came to Green Bay as a speech therapist. She continued her studies and later earned a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1977.
When Carolyn married Keith Kramer, she became “Mom” to Kelly, Holden, and Stafford Kramer. Kelly resides in Milwaukee, Holden (Laura) in Mount Kisco, NY, and Stafford (Bridget) in Muskego, WI. She was very close to her brother, David (Linda) Klatt, Pocatello, ID; also surviving are her cousin, Cathy (Dirk), Clintonville; special aunt, Harriet, Verona; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles. She will be greatly missed by every person who knew her and was touched by her basic goodness.
“To live in the hearts of those left behind is to live forever.”
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1301 S. Ridge Rd., Thursday January 12th at noon, with a reception to follow. Malcore (West) Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with memorial services, 499-4100.
Carolyn was a devoted member at Calvary Lutheran for many years and sang in the choir, where she made many friends.
A special thank you to the nurses, CNA’s at Woodside for their loving care.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests a gift to one of our local animal shelters.