It is with a very heavy heart that we tell you all that our beloved Katie is no longer with us. She passed away very calmly and peacefully last evening, Sunday, July 13th at 7:48 pm. She had been at Beaumont Royal Oak on the hospice floor since Monday, per her request, and many friends and family were with her for her final week. Previously she was in home hospice for a couple months as her symptoms got gradually worse, but with the help of family and friends she was able to be comfortable in her own home until her symptoms got noticeably worse last weekend.
In the last year or so, her breast cancer had spread to her right femur and more recently two vertebrae which she got treatment for but other symptoms came along and some of her pain persisted requiring added pain medications to keep her comfortable. This limited her ability to get out and see you all, but she was always glad to know how you were all doing.
More information and photos to come soon, but we wanted to get out the information on the arrangements…..
There will be funeral service for Katie tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th at 3:30 pm at The Dorfman Chapel in Farmington Hills, MI.
For those out of town and unable to make the tribute, the funeral home will broadcast the service live @ 3:30 via their website (follow detail link below, and use password of “nate“).
UPDATE: The Dorfman Chapel made both a video and audio recording – viewable on this page.
(APOLOGIES – I did not realize the password was case sensitive, so it should have been all lower case.)
Shiva will be at Katie’s mom, Tammy Kramer’s house following the service through Wednesday evening, with religious services Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
(25715 Salem Rd. Huntington Woods MI 48070 Phone: (248) 546-5966)
Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Haylee Kramer, age 44, of Huntington Woods, Michigan passed away on July 13th, 2014. Devoted mother of Nate Becker, beloved daughter of Tammy and Charlie (deceased), loving sister of Jordan (Mary) Kramer and David Kramer, proud aunt to Quinn, Harper and Caleb. Katie was surrounded by an army of devoted friends and her dear friend Ashby Woolf who adored her. Katie struggled with breast cancer for three years, while living beautifully and courageously until the end.
Although she enjoyed living in Chicago and Chattanooga, Katie returned to the place she loved most- Huntington Woods- to settle and raise her child. Her sensitive heart, determined spirit, and intuitive mind combined to guide Katie on a path of academic and professional achievements. For the greater part of her professional life she devoted herself to providing education, counseling and advocacy for Autistic children and their families. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Center for Humanistic Studies, Detroit, MI and a Doctorate from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.
Katie’s pride and joy was her son, Nate. Despite the challenging circumstances of the last few years of her life, Kate’s priority always centered around her son, Nate. Their relationship was characterized by the qualities that made Katie special–love, happiness, caring, intimacy, fun, learning, creativity and play. With the support of her loving family, amazing friends and compassionate caregivers, Katie always provided a warm and beautiful home to share and enjoy with Nate.
Katie touched the lives of so many people in a profound way. And she will be dearly missed by all.
The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
or to a charity of one’s choice
Please join us in celebrating Katie’s inspirational life if you are able. She has touched so many and was equally touched by all of you.
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