Leona Hettie "Nonie" Cramer

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010

Former Juneau resident Leona Hettie (Jarvis) "Nonie" Cramer died April 11, 2010, in Rochester, Minn. She was 81.

She was born on July 5, 1928, to Johanna and Robert Jarvis in Ilion, N.Y. She was the youngest of six daughters, Mae, Edith, Bobbie, Camilla and Wilma. They were raised in a small two bedroom home which stayed in the family until most recently.

She graduated from Ilion High School and soon there after enlisted in the U.S. Marines which took her to various duty locations which included Pearl Harbor Hawaii. After leaving the military Nonie returned to Ilion and married her high school sweetheart Stuart Charles Cramer on Oct. 4, 1952. They lived in different locations over the years in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts until her husband died in 1975, which ultimately brought her to Minnesota where her daughter Sally had moved and started her family. She lived in the Brooklyn Park area until the mid-1990s raising her youngest son, Jim. She worked at the Tennant Company for 12 years until she retired.

She then moved to Juneau in 1997 to be with her sons, Chip and Bob, until 1999. She then returned to Minnesota and lived in Big Lake close to her son, Jim, until she moved to Oronoco, Minn., to live with her daughter, Sally, and son-in-law, Gregg Volner.

She loved to be with her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved spending time up north at the lake. She was a talented knitter and over the years made many special items including Christmas Stockings for all of her family including some pets.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Joanna Jarvis; husband, Stuart Cramer; and sisters, Mae, Edith, Camilla, Bobbi and Wilma.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Gregg) Volner; sons, Chip (Traci), Bob (Tori) and Jim (Kara) Cramer; grandchildren, Jesse and Dustin Volner, Sara (Pete) Johns and Bobby Cramer, Kali Cramer, Stephanie and Derek Cramer; great-grandchildren, Marcus, Kaeleb and Kaenan Johns; and many nieces, nephews and family.

Private family services will be held. Memorials are preferred to: Seasons Hospice, 1811 Greenview Place SW Suite 110, Rochester, MN 55902. Visit www.seasonshospice.org for more information.

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