Andrew H. Kramer, age 62, faithful husband, loving father and loyal friend passed into Eternal Life on Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Andrew was born on December 27, 1956 to Andrew N. and Marjorie J. Kramer (nee Owen) in South Bend, Indiana the youngest of three children.
Upon graduation from Riley High School in South Bend in 1976 he began his career in the wood working trade. Through his early years as a homebuilder he became a master craftsman finish carpenter. In 1988 he joined the Indiana State Council of Carpenters Local 413 and became vested as a journeyman carpenter. He later moved to Appleton and joined Local 955 of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. He proudly spent over 20 continuous years employed by Miron Construction Co.
Andrew was united in marriage a St. Bernard Catholic Church, Appleton in 1988 to the former Kathleen J. Garvey and together they raised their precious daughter, Rebecca A. Kramer, a senior at St. Norbert College. He loved Rebecca with his whole heart and enjoyed the times they spent creating new eco-systems within her aquarium, performing science experiments, taking long nature walks together, swimming, kayaking, laughing as they watched the Marx Brothers movies and playing practical jokes. He was fascinated by all space exploration, beginning with the moon landing, anything related to NASA and the great beyond. He had a wit and sense of humor that made him shine like a star in the sky and captivated family, friends, and all he encountered. His charm was simply irresistible.
From the very first time his father put a club in his hands, golf became Andy’s true passion. He played no matter what the month or what the weather. His love for the game itself challenged him to play not for the sake of winning, simply for the joy he experienced being out on the greens challenging himself to hit his best shot. Andy also enjoyed fishing for trout and walleye up north; watching the Fighting Irish, the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers football games: following NASCAR races and never missed seeing the Indianapolis 500.
Andrew is survived by his wife, Kathleen J. Kramer and his daughter Rebecca A. Kramer, both Appleton; his sisters Susan (Thomas) Schramm and Mary Barbara Williams; his nephew, Ryan Williams; and Jan Wodrich, all of South Bend, IN; his niece, Heather (Bill) Schwerfeger of Downers Grove, IL; his nephew Todd (Amanda) Miller of Moorseville, IN; his father-in-law James T. Garvey Sr., his brother-in-law Joseph J. Garvey; his sister-in-law Susan M. Garvey, his brother-in-law James T. (Anne) Garvey Jr. all of Appleton; his sister-in-law Barbara A. (Michael) Jackman; his niece Jemma Jackman and his nephew Liam Jackman all of Breckenridge, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew N. and Marjorie J. Kramer; as well as his mother-in-law Patricia A. Garvey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am Saturday, October 12, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 S. State St. Appleton, with Fr. Bill Swichtenberg officiating. Friends may visit at the church on Saturday from 9 am until 10:45 am. Interment will take place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Appleton.
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