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Joseph C. Kramer "Pop"
Joseph C Kramer, 96, died peacefully at home on Monday, March 26, 2018. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and caregivers during the last days of his life. Born in Bound Brook, NJ on February 19, 1922, Joe was a lifelong resident of Dunellen, NJ until moving to Manchester Township, NJ in 1999. He currently resided in Whitehouse Station, NJ.
He is predeceased by his parents, Julia (Eiler) and Joseph Kramer, as well as by his two sisters, Agnes Trechock and Julie Sohm. His wife Virginia Kramer predeceased him in 2014. Joseph is survived by his brother Christian Kramer of Whiting, NJ, his daughter Barbara and her husband Frank of Whitehouse Station, NJ with whom he lived, Karen Kramer of Whitehouse Station, NJ, sons William and wife Kathy Kramer of Naples, FL, Joe Kramer and Lauren Tomaski of Belmar, NJ. Joseph was blessed with one granddaughter, Sarah Juliette Darish, his pride and joy of Nashville, TN. In addition to family Joseph leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and his fabulous friends
Joe graduated from Bound Brook High School class of 1940 "Enter to learn, go forth to serve". He worked for Mack Trucks in New Brunswick, NJ before entering the Navy on December 12, 1942. Boot training was in Great Lakes, Illinois to Moffett Field, California to the Samoan Islands. Gilbert and Ellice Island is where he served on the U.S.S.Jupiter, as boat crew on an LCVP landing craft. He made four invasions on Anguar Island, Leyte Gulf, Luzon Island with his last invasion on Iwo Jima on February 19th, 1945 his twenty third birthday. Joe was discharged from the Navy on January 6, 1946.
Joe married Virginia (Ginny) on September 16, 1950 at St. Johns Roman Catholic Church in Dunellen, NJ. They built a home in Dunellen and raised their four children. He worked at the Bell Meade General Depot before starting a service station in Plainfield NJ in 1954 and later a station in Middlesex, NJ.
He was a great collector of Big Band Music of the 1930's and 40's as well World War II history and battles. The years he spent babysitting his granddaughter, Sarah Darish, was a highlight of his retirement years. Joe traveled to Hawaii, Germany, Italy, England and Australia enjoying the history, beauty and culture of each.
Those who knew Joe (Pop) knew his humor, his charm, and smile with those baby blue eyes. He was a friend to everyone he met. He would spend hours writing letters and sending cards to those near and far.
Pop was a proud Navy veteran of World War II, husband, father, uncle and friend. He wanted to be remembered as a hard worker who loved and took care of his family.
"Curtain falls....luv ya"
There will be a visitation on Monday; April 2nd from 4-8PM at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave, Dunellen. A funeral mass will take place on Tuesday; April 3rd at 10AM at St. John’s Church, Dunellen.In lieu of flowers, remember Pop through donations to Hunterdon Home Health, 215 Rt 31, Flemington NJ 08822 or Hunterdon Hospice, 2100 Wescott Dr., Flemington NJ 08822. Cremation will be private. Joe and his beloved Ginny will lay to rest together in Arlington National Cemetery.