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  Gladys Ellen Kramer, 96, widow of Arvin F. Kramer, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Emerald Gardens Assisted Living, Greenwood, SC.

  Born in Mason City, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Bertha (Krabbenhoft) Kath. In 1951, she and her husband purchased Abby Café, which they operated for 16 years. Following the sale of the café, they built The Flame Supper Club and later they owned and operated the Home Motel for 11 years.     She was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford, WI.

  Surviving are her children, Dwight Kramer (Nancy) of Abbotsford, WI and Cheryl Readett (Glen) of Greenwood, SC; sisters, Loraine Schiltz (Fred) of Westlake Village, CA and June Lilke of Grandforks, ND; brothers, Otis Kath of Loyal, WI and Walda Kath of Rudolph, WI; two grandsons, Nathan Backus of Statesboro, GA and Ryan Backus (Heather) of Evans, GA; one granddaughter, Rachel Kramer of Appleton, WI; one great granddaughter, Sutton Backus of Evans, GA; and one great grandson, Bennett Backus of Evans, GA.

  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Esther Quast and Caroline Sornson; sister-in-law, Arlyle Kath; and brother-in-laws, Olin Sornson, Vernon Lilke, and Herbert Quast.

  Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 followed by a memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford, WI with Pastor Don Bruce officiating. Inurnment will follow in Abbotsford Public Cemetery.

  The family would like to thank Hospice Care of South Carolina for their caring support. A special thank you is extended to the staff of Emerald Gardens for their loving care provided to Gladys in the Memory Care Unit over the past three years.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 326 Montague Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649.

Both Harley Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenwood, SC and Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Abbotsford, WI are assisting the family.

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