With Great Regrets

From Kalissa…
It’s with great regrets I have to write this post.

My dad, you know him as Kramer, passed away at about 12:20am on Sunday, June 2nd.

He was welcomed into Jesus’s arms Sunday morning.

It was as peaceful as it could be. Mom and I were there with him. Every word that needed to be said was spoken.

Dad made it to Sunday –  He wanted to make it until Sunday to know Gannon and Georgia would be baptized. We did baptise the babies yesterday afternoon as planned as we were all sure that he would have wanted that.

Dad fought his cancer battle for 129 days. He never once threw himself a pity party. He was Kramer strong right until the end.

Mom’s doing good.  We all are.  Of course we have our moments where we are crying and laughing in the same sentence.  It will be some busy days here as we prepare for a Wednesday private funeral and  public celebration of life that afternoon.  If you’re local feel free to stop by.

Here is a link to the obituary.  I’m sure some of you will want to send mom a card.  Here is her address:

Jo Kramer
111 2nd Ave NE
Waucoma, IA 52171

Our family thanks all of you for going along with us on Dad’s cancer journey.  Dad often said how much you treated us all like family.  He loved that.  As always, mom has much to say and will continue to write the blog.  It is so therapeutic for her.

157 thoughts on “With Great Regrets”

  1. Sorry for your loss. May God be with you, your family and friends. May all the wonderful memories of your husband, father, grandfather and friend ease the pain just a bit. May the Summer be a time of healing.

  2. It takes time to heal the sadness but your love and memories will always be with you. Sending love ❤️

  3. I read this early this morning, and spent my morning walk in prayer and contemplation for you all. My deepest sympathy to you. You have graciously taken your blog readers along this hard path, inspiring many of us along the way. May you continue to feel Kramer’s love and wisdom going forward.

    (And as one wise poster said, when people offer to help, let them. There is much to be done, they want to express their love and respect for Kramer and your family by helping in whatever way they can.)

  4. So very sorry to hear of Kramer’s passing. You will find strength in one another as always. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  5. Deepest Condolences to all the family, may your hearts and souls find peace and comfort, from Ontario Canada

  6. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will serve as the beacon to me of how to face difficult times with love, caring and support. You are all inspiring and uplifting. Thank you for setting such a beautiful example of what it means to be a loving family.

  7. Be still my broken heart! I’m am so sad for you. I went through similar experiences with my father 30 years ago. There is relief that he is no longer suffering, but also such sadness and loneliness. You will be together again on the other side. I pray Heavenly Father will make your sorrow light. God bless you!

  8. May God bless you all – you are such a strong beautiful family and an example of everything God intended a family to be.

  9. Very sorry to hear of your families’ loss. It was so good that you got some good pictures with Kramer in them for the future. Prayers for you, Jo, and your wonderful family .

  10. Carolyn in Texas

    Prayers and gentle hugs for each of you. I know you will hold all the good memories made near to your hearts. Roger was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He’s taught lots of life lessons to each of you and it’s good to know you will remain Kramer Strong throughout your life. Hugs and Prayers to each of you as you take one day at a time.

  11. My deepest condolences to Jo on the passing of her true love, and to each child on the passing of a dear Father.
    Hugs and prayers for the days ahead.

  12. Marian Stever

    I am so sad for your family and wish you all well as you most certainly grieve your special father and husband. Think of all your best memories. Sending love to all of you.

  13. I saddened by this news and I keep all of you in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for taking us along on your journey and keeping it real, I know opening your family to all of us must of been difficult.
    Kramer Strong

  14. Kalissa and Jo and family,
    I have been following Kramer’s journey to heaven with increasing dread everytime something new developed. I am sorry for the loss of this person, who sounded like one of the most wonderful people in the world. from your family. I know the emptiness that comes with the loss of a parent or spouse, but time does close the wound and take the edge off of the hurt. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand and give you His Peace in this time of sorrow.

  15. I am so very sorry to hear Kramer has passed on. Thank you for sharing with us. What a beautifully written obituary!! Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes it’s all you can do. God bless each of you.

  16. Kathy Henderson

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss. I have tears in my eyes. I regret that I rarely have left comments on the blog, but I have been with you every day for years. I feel like I know you all so well. You are all such good and caring people, and I feel your pain from across the country. Your blog family is giving you all a giant hug right now. Much love to you all.

    Kathy in San Jose, California

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for letting us know. I know nothing I say can help much, but God will lead you thru this awful time. Prayers and hugs from Oklahoma

  18. I have read the posts in which you (Jo) said how blessed your family has been by the blog. I want you to know that we all have been blessed and encouraged by you as well. I feel such sorrow for your family, but I know he is holding All of you in his arms.

  19. Susan the Farm Quilter

    I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. The deep love Kramer had for each of you is obvious, as is your love for him. May the Lord hold you close to His heart as you carry on the legacy of loving with your whole heart, working hard and keeping family close.

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you Jo and kids. Thank you for sharing such a private ordeal with us. I prayed for you all thru it. I’m glad that Kramer is no longer in pain.

  21. My thoughts are with your family in this difficult time. I’m glad you have each other and are KramerStrong.

  22. I am thankful that you all had this last bit of time with him. But now his time of suffering is over, and he is finally cancer free., You are a strong family. We have been praying for you all and will continue to do so. I know what you mean when you say you’re laughing and crying at the same time. That is how it was when my mother died. This next year will be hard because everything you do will be the 1st time to do something without your father/husband. But you all have good memories that you will carry with you the rest of your lives — and that is a good thing

  23. Thank you for the update. Time will take the sharp edges off your grief, and help you carry on without your dad/husband. Sending my deepest sympathies to you all in this painful time. I also lost my father too young to lung cancer. You are all fortunate to have each other to share and laugh and cry with. Hugs from Canada.

  24. Felicia Hamlin

    I remember you and one of your daughters coming to Blue Earth and talking to the quilters at the EXPO. My deepest sympathies on your loss, I know God is holding all of you and your husband close to his heart.

    Sending you prayers and wishes for comfort and peace.

  25. Sending heartfelt condolences to you Jo and all your family after the death of your wonderful husband.
    My thoughts and prayers, from Judi L Central Coast Australia

  26. I am so very sorry to read of the loss of Kramer. You have shown what love is all about where family is concerned through this. My prayers are with you all that God will comfort you knowing he is with our heavenly Father. May God’s peace be with you during these difficult days.

  27. Sandra Davidson

    I am so sorry for your loss, Jo know that you will always have wonderful memories because that is what he brought to you and your family. A big hug to all and stay Kramer Strong . Love from Canada .

  28. My deepest sympathy to all of the Kramers. I pray that God’s love will strengthen & comfort each of you during this time of tremendous loss.

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