Peacefully at Rest

It is with a very heavy heart that we tell you all that our beloved Katie Kramer is no longer with us.  She passed away very calmly and peacefully last evening, Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 7:48 pm.  She had been at Beaumont Royal Oak, Michigan, 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.

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Katie Kramer

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.

Our sincere thanks to the many who have shared the condolences and memories about Katie, and if you would like to share anything please feel free to do so on the pages linked below.

Information on charitable contributions:

The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

or to a charity of one’s choice


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.

Please come back often to share your memories whenever you think of Katie on this page:

The Dorfman Chapel recorded both audio and video format of the ceremony from July 15th.  Katie planned an uplifting service complete with a Gospel choir from the prestigious Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

Audio of ceremony (1 hr 5 min):

Video of ceremony (1 hr 5 min):

Please see these blog posts and comments:

An important message from Katie:
Love or Fear (by Katie
, March 4th, 2013)

Photos and videos are here:

More about Katie and Nate:

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