Anna Irene Shimanek was born on June 27, 1918, in Oxford Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Tillie (Henak) Shimanek. She attended elementary and secondary schools, and graduated from Oxford Junction High School as valedictorian. She attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City and received a B.S. degree in Accounting.
After college, Anna joined the Marine Corps and was assigned to the Third Marine Air Wing and trained and worked as a primary aerographer until her discharge in 1944. While in the Marines, Anna met and married her husband, Raymond Kramer. After the war, they moved to Roseville, Minn., where they joined St. Rose of Lima Parish and raised their large family.
Anna was an organized and active homemaker with gardening, canning, baking and sewing among her many hobbies. She joined a sewing club where they sewed cancer pads for the American Cancer Society. As the children grew, Anna used her accounting degree and went to work part time for Sears and Roebuck Co.
Summers were spent with the family at their cabin on Big Carnelian Lake near Stillwater, where after their retirement, Ray and Anna built a log home, and were members of St. Michael’s parish. During retirement, summers were spent at the lake and winters spent traveling, especially with their RV, down to Brownsville, Texas.
Anna loved to travel. Along with going many places across the U.S. and Canada, there were trips to Alaska, Caracas, Venezuela, Mexico, Austria and Medjugorje in Bosnia.
After Raymond’s death, Anna moved into the city of Stillwater and finally to Haven Homes in Maple Plain, Minn., where she attended the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Loretto, Minn.
Anna is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her five brothers and sisters. She is survived by children; Michael (Vicki), Susan (Tom) McInnis, Bruce (Jan), Charles (Candace), Vicki (Bill) Magevas, Joann (Rod) Hanson, Paula Rettkowski, Rosann (Rick) Pluth, Alan (Patricia) and David (Betty) Kepler; 28 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren (as of this moment).
As a veteran, Anna will be buried alongside her husband, Raymond, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Simonet Funeral Home, 6429 Osgood Ave North in Stillwater. A mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 611 S. Third Street in Stillwater. Interment is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.