Regina Kramer

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Regina Kramer, 66, of Linton, passed away at 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2006 at her residence, after a battle with cancer.

Born May 8, 1939 in Linton, she was the daughter of Oscar H. and Ruth E. (Swaby) Kramer.

She spent her life on the family farm, which she had managed in later years. She was a graduate of Switz City Central High School and earned B.S and M.S. degrees from Indiana State University, where she was a member of Pi Gamma Mu and Kappa Delta Pi honoraries. She had also done graduate work at Indiana University. She was a teacher, media center director, and drama director at Switz City, Bloomfield and Lawrenceville, Ill. schools and later was a substitute teacher in local schools. She was active in library and audio-visual organizations, serving on various committees, and was a member of the State Advisory Committee for Vincennes University. She had also accompanied musicals at Shawnee Summer Theatre. While a Central school board member, she was involved in the consolidation of Central, L&M, and Worthington into the White River Valley School District and was also on that board, serving as president.

She was curator of the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Collection from its beginning in 1979 until her death, a member of the Phil Harris Scholarship Festival and the Roy Clark Weekend Committees, and was ticket manager for the Roy Clark Show. She had authored numerous articles on Harris and Miss Faye in connection with the festivals and was working on a biography of Harris. In 2002 she was named American Legion Post 22's 2001-2002 Citizen of the Year in recognition of her community service.

She attended Saron United Church of Christ, where she had served as substitute organist for several years, and had also been substitute pianist at Nine Mile United Methodist Church.

She is survived by several cousins, including David Lundy of The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Charles J. Kramer of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., Don Kramer of Lewis, David Kramer of Jasonville, Wilma Fisher of Calumet City, Ill., Ron Stoeckel of Middletown, Virginia Swaby of Worthington, Linda Shields of Columbia, Md., William "Butch" Swaby of Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Jeannine Brumley of California, and a special friend and caregiver Darlene Chambers of Linton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister Virginia.

Graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Mike Roth officiating.

Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home Linton Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greene County Foundation's General Fund, R. R. 2, Box 38X, Bloomfield, Ind., 47424.

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