Frank Kraemer, 87Frank William Kraemer, 87, Alexandria, formerly of Osakis, passed into his eternal life on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Frank William Kraemer, 87, Alexandria, formerly of Osakis, passed into his eternal life on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Frank was born February 19, 1924 in Elrosa to John and Frances (Deters) Kraemer. He grew up near West Union and as a young man entered the service. He served as an infantryman in Korea with the 63rd Infantry Regiment and was discharged in October of 1947. He received the World War II Victory medal and the Army of Occupation Japan medal. After returning home, Frank worked for area farmers.
On June 27, 1951 he was united in marriage to Viola B. Trisko at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. They lived and farmed north of Osakis for eight years until moving to a farm on the southeast side of Osakis, where they would live and work until their retirement in 1990. They also enjoyed living on their hobby farm on the southwest edge of Osakis until 2006, when they moved to an apartment in Alexandria.
Frank was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis and then St. Mary’s parish in Alexandria. He had various hobbies, but especially enjoyed doing woodwork, making rosaries, going fishing (especially winter spearing), reading, dancing and watching Twins baseball. He was a kind and caring husband, father, grandpa and brother who will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Blessed be his memory.
Frank is survived by his wife of 59 years, Viola Kraemer of Alexandria; daughters, Kathleen (Donald) Koopmeiners of Long Prairie, Marlene (Donald) Klaphake of Melrose, Margie (Delbert) Bodde of Alexandria and Marilyn (David) Lang of Fargo, North Dakota; two grandsons, Richard Bodde of Alexandria and Jonathon “Jonn” Bodde of Kennewick, WA; one great-granddaughter, Allison Bodde of Alexandria; brothers, Raymond (Joan) Kraemer and Jerome (Carol) Kraemer, all of Osakis; sisters, Vivian Marthaler of Little Falls, Elizabeth “Betty” Sand of Albany and Mary Jane Kane of Sauk Centre; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Anna Marie Kraemer; and a brother, John Kraemer.
A Mass of Resurrection was held Friday, May 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria with Fr. Fred Fink officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Osakis with military honors provided by the Osakis VFW Post #7902 Honor Guard. Pallbearers were Michael, Gary and Ken Kraemer, Jim, Dennis and Tom Sand.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.
Comments posted on this page do not reflect opinions of Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion, advice given or made. All replies are subject to approval and must follow Forum Communications Company guidelines concerning statements of libel, personal attacks or defamation of character. Replies in the "Talk About It" section that criticize a person by name may not be posted, unless that person is openly involved in a public issue. Comments written in all capital letters or bold print will not be considered for inclusion in the forum.