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October 6, 1931 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Gertrude Mildred Kremer, 92, of Shorewood, Illinois ,passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Lightways Hospice in Joliet. She was married for 60 years to the love of her life, the late Bruce James Kremer. The two met while teaching at Mesick High School in Mesick, Michigan. They exchanged wedding vows on July 6, 1957, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Stephenson, Michigan. They began their married life in Flint, Michigan, later moved to Livonia, Michigan, and then on to DeKalb, Illinois. The two raised five children: Patricia, Ronald, Katherine, Jean and David.

 Gertrude was born in rural Stephenson, Michigan, on Oct. 6, 1931, the youngest of seven children of the late Andrew P. and Ella (Kuhn) Kline. She was raised on her family’s potato farm in the Upper Peninsula. She was the family’s brave “designated driver” onto the ferries that crossed the Straits of Mackinac before the bridge was built connecting the upper and lower peninsulas. She attended Stephenson High School and graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics education. She taught home economics until her priorities switched to her greatest joy – her family. During her time as a stay-at-home mother, she encouraged her children to participate in school activities, band, sports, Scouts and 4-H. She organized family vacations, including memorable camping trips to Acadia National Park in Maine, Daytona Beach in Florida and the Mount Rushmore area in South Dakota.

 Gertrude and Bruce lived in DeKalb from 1967 to 2018 and had many cherished friends, including Keith and Mary Lou Getschman, Edward and Edna Schram and neighbors Glenn and Shirley Baas. They attended the DeKalb Corn Fest every year and had season tickets to men’s and women’s basketball games at Northern Illinois University for many years. The couple traveled to all 50 states and parts of Europe on driving trips, Elderhostel bus tours and cruises. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2017.

 Gert and Bruce were founding members of the Newman Catholic Student Center in DeKalb. She was a long-time church volunteer and made dishes for fellowship dinners. For the Christmas potluck, she annually contributed dozens of plum puddings, and her children remember well the year the intense steam created by her baking process stripped the paint from her kitchen ceiling.

 While her kids were growing up, she sold Leiter’s Designer Fabrics part-time from home. Her hobbies included informal card clubs, gardening, sewing, quilting, embroidering, cooking, baking and women’s league bowling. She later volunteered in the gift shop at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, leading to another activity: collecting Beanie Babies.

 After Bruce passed away in 2018, she moved to The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, forming a special friendship with Maxine Ahrens.

 Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Margaret Kline, Frances (Norman) Strassler, Clara (Walter) Chossek and Sr. Bernadette Kline, SDS; and one brother, Edward (Gladys) Kline.

 Gertrude is survived by her children: Patricia (Gregg) Steevens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Ronald (Jolene) Kremer of Shorewood, Illinois; Katherine (Douglas) Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jean (David) Wilson of Wheeling, Illinois; and David (Joanne) Kremer of Orlando, Florida. She was the beloved grandmother to 13 grandchildren: Nathaniel and Andrew (Natalia) Steevens; Kevin (Kathleen “Katie”) Kremer and Jeffrey (Heather) Kremer; Emily (Matthew Williams) Bishop; Marie (Kevin Bixenmann) Wilson, Brian (Victoria) Wilson, and Amy (Ryan McDermott) Wilson; and Matthew (Sarah Beth) Kremer, Michael Kremer, Joseph (Laken) Kremer, Br. Thomas M. Kremer, OSM, and Maria Kremer. She leaves behind the legacy of 15 great-grandchildren: Ella and Evelyn; Caroline, Benjamin and Jillian; Calvin, Hazel and Violet; Audrey and Amber; Izabella and Luke; Oakley and Vida; and Theodore. She also is survived by one sister, Rogene (the late Adrian “Bud”) Richard, and many nieces and nephews.

 There will be a celebration of Gertrude’s life in a mass at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Christ the Teacher University Parish’s Newman Catholic Student Center, 512 Normal Road, DeKalb, Ill., 60115, with Fr. Robert Gonnella officiating. She will be interred at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery next to Bruce at a later date.

 In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor her memory with donations to the American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give, the American Diabetes Association https://diabetes.org/ways-to-give or the National MS Society https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate.

 For arrangements information, visit AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.


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Celebration of Life
February 17, 2024

1:00 PM
Christ the Teacher University Parish
512 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115


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