Very Sad News about Chuck Kramer

The Kramers at dinner (Feb 2013)

[The Kramers at dinner, just last week]

(4:00 am 2/22/13) We discovered a few hours ago that Chuck, Katie’s loving father, has passed away yesterday seemingly peacefully in his sleep.

We don’t know many details currently but will followup with more information as we know it.

Very sad and unexpected news for us all.

(Update 6:00 pm) —- Katie, Jordan, David and Tammy would all like to express their deep, sincere appreciation for all of your heartfelt condolences, and for sharing some of the fond memories of Chuck.  We learned today that Chuck died of a heart attack, but it was peaceful for him.

(Update 2/27/13) —- We now have a page dedicated to Chuck / Charles / Charlie, where we will be posting photos and sharing stories about the impact he had while he was with us all.

— After reading the lovely sentiments and memories below about Chuck, please then visit this page to share more…

Continued thanks for all of your support.

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  1. This news is very unexpected and we are still coming to grips with the reality of it. Thank you for your thoughts and calls so far.

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  2. Katie, My heart hurts for you. I’m so sorry to hear of this shocking news. My thoughts are with you.

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  3. Katie, I just heard. I’m so sorry. My thoughts are with you. Much love to you and your family.

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  4. I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  5. So sad. So tragic. Wish I was there. We are there in spirit. Thinking of you.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about this terrible and sudden loss! You’re in my thoughts!

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  7. Andi C. Schoffman February 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Certain things in life just take your breath away. We are all in awe really. Funny… last night at dinner with just the three of us (Nan, Bruce and I) in Cabo, spent much of the meal discussing tales of the Chuck-ster. He was such a generous, quirky, stubborn and special man. He really was one of a kind.

    For all of your sakes I’m glad it was peaceful. I know you have spent much of the last months thinking of what it means to leave the “living” and peaceful is on the top of the list. He was a gift to many of us and he shaped my youth to be sure! I am thinking of all the rides in the motorhome and visits with Eddie Swain, all the trips to TC and the bigger trips when we called your car the cheeseburger as we caravanned to hilton head.

    We feel at a big loss to be so far away in your hour of need. But know we are here and checking phones and e-mail regularly. We will all be home shortly. I’m home Sunday and Mom and Dad are back Monday.

    Please give a huge hug to Jordan for us all. I am confident in all the support surrounding your family.

    But honestly…it’s just not fair. Seems an undue amount of stress and pressure to put on one family. Know you are deeply loved and adored. And we are all here to catch and hold you up.

    We love you,

    Andi, Nanny, Big B, Gabe and Jojo
    xxxxooooooo

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  8. Katie, I have no words to describe the shock of this news. Uncle Charlie, my memories of you will always be with me and like Andi said, filled our childhood. I wish I was closer, but know I am thinking of you always and sending your whole family hugs and shared tears. Love you, Jen

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  9. Katie, what can I say at the shock of this tragic event. I am so sorry for your loss, and can’t imagine how you must be reeling from this sudden tragedy. Sending you, Jordan and Aunt Tammy hugs, love and prayers to help you through this difficult time.

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  10. So sorry for your loss. We’ll be praying for you and your family.

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  11. Dear Katie, Ashby, Tammy and Nate

    I am so very sorry for your loss. What devastating news. In the short time I knew Chuck, I came to know a lovely gentle man. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bridget

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  12. Katie,

    As you know, I was very fond of your dad. I felt he was one of the few people in life that I connected to on a personal level, even though I didn’t spend a great deal of time with him. My mother and father had also grown very close to your dad over the last two years. So when I woke up this morning and heard the news, I was literally in shock and I still am in shock.

    I am so sorry that yet another unspeakable event has occured in your life. I am at least consoled that he went peacefully but the unexpectedness of this makes it very raw.

    Praying for you, Jordan and Tammy, as always. You are always in my thoughts.

    Much Love,
    Little Bro

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  13. There are just no words…I am glad for two things: that Chuck had an easeful passing and that you and he were at a such a good place.. He respected and adored you, Katie. I am sending all my love to you and your mom who have already gone through so much. It just isn’t fair…

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  14. Dear Katie,

    Chuck and I became trusted friends with eachother. I learned about many interesting stories from his growing up years in St. Louis and NYC, our common interests in music and his love of the people in his life that meant the most to him – and Katie, you certainly topped that list. I will miss his caring and concern for me and my family and my ability to reciprocate those same feelings to him. He was definitely his own person and I admired him for that trait.

    With love,
    Larry

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  15. Uncle Neal & Aunt Esther February 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    We have a lifetime of memories of Charlie, Chuck (not to us), Butch & Chas. I remember him back to 1964; back to your brother David, back to your Mom, Aunt Esther’s first U.S. friend, back to yours and Jordons birth, the house on York, your Bat Mitzvah, Sarah and Milt and your beloved Grandma Sylvia. A lifetime of real memories, happy and sad but always a rich and full life with never a dull or conventional way of seeing things. A love of life, people and everyone’s story. The life of a journalist who loved being part of our stories. His memory will always be intertwined in the story of our own life and in his families..
    He is missed
    Love Uncle Neal & Aunt Esther

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  16. (Update 6:00 pm) —- Katie, Jordan, David and Tammy would all like to express their deep, sincere appreciation for all of your heartfelt condolences, and for sharing some of the fond memories of Chuck. We learned today that Chuck died of a heart attack.

    Thank you all for your support in this difficult time.

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  17. Dear Katie, Tammy & Jordan,
    I am so sad for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much Love,
    Jodi

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  18. Katie,
    I am thinking of you and your family. Much love and peace, I am so so sorry.

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  19. Hi Katie, it’s Steve Novak.

    I’m so very sorry to hear about your amazing father. I loved that guy, I really did. To this day, no family ever made me feel as welcome and loved in their home as your family did. I always called you my little sister, so I guess it makes sense that they made me feel like one of the their own. Though I’m not sure if most parents are really as nice to their own kids as your parents were to me. You dad always accepted me and appreciated me for exactly for who I was and how much fun it was and he always radiated this love and warmth. I am truly a richer human being for having shared that with him. He was one of the heroes of my youth.

    Katie, I have been thinking of you a lot lately and I will be posting more on your other pages. I know what a terribly difficult time this must be for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way, or if you just want to talk.

    All my love & condolences to you, your mom, your brother.

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  20. Hi Katie, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Makes us remember the “graduation Party” with your Dad and Grandmother at our home. Our prayers are with you. Don and Diane Brockman

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  21. Katie,
    As we were saying the other day, there are people, like my mom and now your dad, both social workers, both people who spent their lives caring and feeling for other people, who are somewhere else now. Not gone, but with us now and forever. Im down in Florida right now, in my Moms old time share, and I feel her putting her arm around me and talking about Chuck, who she knew and respected for many years. I love you and am thinking of you tonight.

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  22. Katie, I’m so very sorry. I just found out and am sending you all my love. My mom was so fond of Chuck and respected him greatly. I loved the mention of Eddie Swain by Andie.. Makes me smile in the midst of a lot of sadness. Thinking of all of you.

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  23. (Update 2/27/13) —- We now have a page dedicated to Chuck / Charles / Charlie, where we will be posting photos and sharing stories about the impact he had while he was with us all.

    — After reading the lovely sentiments and memories below about Chuck, please then visit this page to share more…

    Continued thanks for all of your support.

    Reply

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