Lucille (Lucy) Kramer, 92 years old, formerly Aurora, died on November 25, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona.
A mass for Lucy (Haverkamp) Kramer, 92, will take place on Saturday, May 8th at 11 a.m. in the Catholic Church of St. Mary in Aurora. The inurnition of the ashes will follow in the Aurora Cemetery. Previously, a funeral mass was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, Arizona.
Lucille Edna (Haverkamp) Kramer was born on September 29, 1928 on a farm in St. Benedict, KS, to Leo and Anna (Fangman) Haverkamp. Lucille married Bernard Joseph Kramer on February 12, 1949. They farmed south of Baileyville, KS, raising turkeys, cattle, wheat, and corn. Lucille (Lucy) and Bernard (Bernie) also lived briefly in Sabetha, KS, where Bernie hauled milk and Lucy worked part-time at an egg factory and A&W Drive Inn. The family then moved to Crawford, where they ran their first bowling center. In 1966 the family moved to Aurora, where they owned and operated Mapleway Lanes for forty years. Lucy loved bowling and has participated in over 30 state and national bowling tournaments. One of her accomplishments was finishing second in the All Events Division at a national bowling tournament. She taught bowling to many young children by starting the first Junior League in Aurora.
Lucy enjoyed the times her grandchildren stayed with her and Bernie. Lucy was never one to sit idle and began working part-time at Dream Designs Bridal in Aurora at the age of 72, where she worked for ten years. After her husband’s death in 2012, Lucy moved in with her eldest daughter, Grace, in Goodyear, AZ. She enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, and making jewelry. Lucy and Bernie were married for 63 years.
Lucy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ, and the Phoenix Christ Child Society.
Lucy was a strong woman who faced the challenges that were presented to her in life. She suffered from diabetes for 46 years and underwent bypass surgery in 2000. She had a strong belief in God and always prayed for others. Lucy enjoyed going on girl outings with her daughters to various locations in the United States, as well as with her bowling partners who traveled to various bowling tournaments.
Her husband Bernie, parents Leo and Anna Haverkamp, siblings Vincent, Marcellus and Melvin Haverkamp as well as Therese Koch and son-in-law Paul Clayton preceded the death.
Those she will remember are three children, Grace Cooper from Goodyear, AZ, Larry (Judy) Kramer from Omaha, and Joyce Clayton from Lincoln; four grandchildren, Brady (Sheila) Clayton from Lincoln, Adam Clayton from Lincoln, Christine and Kelsey Kramer from Omaha; and two great-grandchildren Ella and Miles Clayton from Lincoln. Lucy is also survived by a sister Leanna (Pat) Baker from Topeka, KS, and a sister-in-law Annie Haverkamp from Seneca, KS. She also left her favorite little dog, Sparky, behind.