Sunday, December 18, 2011

Barbara J. Kramer - Dwight

Barbara J. Allen Kramer, 64, of Dwight, peacefully passed away at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2011) at her home, surrounded by family and friends, after a 15-month battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 4 p.m. funeral services at the Dwight United Methodist Church, 701 S. Columbia St., Dwight, with the Rev. Lance Leeds officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society. Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara was born April 12, 1947, in Fairbury, the daughter of Orville R. and Hazel (Franklin) Allen.

Surviving are her partner in life, William J. Hooker, of Dwight; her son, David J. (Michelle) Kramer, of Mansfield; three grandchildren, Douglas J., Kolby R. and Trista L. Kramer; and her mother, of Dwight.

She also had a special relationship with Bill's children, William T. (Heidi) Hooker, and Brian J. Hooker, as well as grandsons, Matt and B.J.

She was preceded in death by her father and two siblings, Richard Allen and Linda Allen Moore.

She attended Kempton-Cabery Grade School and graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1965. She earned a degree from Brokaw Hospital School of Medical Technology in 1967.

From 1967 to 1993, Barbara worked in the medical profession at several facilities including Brokaw Hospital, Bloomington; St. Joseph's Hospital, Alton; St. James Hospital, Pontiac; Wooster Hospital, Wooster, Ohio; Fairbury Hospital; and Gibson City Community Hospital. She worked at Morris Hospital from 1993 to 2002.

In 1988, Barbara obtained an insurance license and worked part time for the Shafer-Pearson Agency in Chatsworth. After retirement from the medical field in 2002, she worked full time for the William J. Hooker Agency in Dwight. She also completed the CISR and CIC designations in the insurance field.

Barbara was a member of the Dwight United Methodist Church. She was active with the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, acting as a youth group leader and with the administration council. She was active with the Dwight Chamber of Commerce.

Barbara loved to travel and most recently visited Paris, France, in 2010 with her niece, Leanne Moore, of Tampa, Fla. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, as well as her backyard pond. She liked visiting flea markets and festivals and really enjoyed her pets.

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Source: The Daily Journal - December 16, 2011
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