NEWARK — A funeral service for Henrietta Phelps Brown Swick Kramer, 88, of Newark, who passed away March 12, 2012, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Apostolic Christian Church, 1635 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Duane Kramer officiating. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Wilson Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 28, 1924, to Edward and Winnie (Hilton) Phelps in Hollister, in Athens County.
Mrs. Kramer retired from Newton Elementary School after 34 years of service. All of her life, she remembered the children’s names that attended Newton School. Each child and their family were “special” to her. She enjoyed playing the piano, keeping her home neat and she loved to shop and go to garage sales. She had a card ministry and was always sending friends and family cards for their special occasions. Other employment included Farris Tire and Rubber Company and the Aluminum Plant, where she played a clarinet in the company band. She attended a business college in Columbus for two years and worked in Columbus as a legal assistant. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1942 from Hollister High School in Athens County. She loved her family and her church. They were her life. She was a faithful member of the Christian Apostolic Church in Newark and the Apostolic Christian Church in Mount Vernon for over 70 years.
Mrs. Kramer is survived by her husband of seven wonderful years, Rodney Kramer; children, the Rev. Duane (Dorise) Kramer, the Rev. Kenny (Connie) Kramer of Pennsylvania, Louie (Susan) Kramer of Tennessee, Sylvia (Bobby) Blaggs of Texas and Larry (Clara) Swick, Sr., of California; grandchildren, Dawn Kramer, Dorenda Kramer, Darren (Angie) Kramer, Carrie (Walt) Collins, Larry (Mary) Swick, Jr., Peggy Jean (Chris) Myers, Michael L. Brown and Shaun (Jennifer) Brown; two daughters-in-law, Sue Brown of Newark and Kitty Brown of Texas; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister, Martha M. Martin; a niece, Marsha (George) Shirley; and a nephew, Ed (Karen) Martin; great-nephews, Chad (Leanne) Collins, Eric Martin, Greg (Emily) Martin; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Henrietta was preceded in death by her sister, Marianna Anthony; her first husband, William H. Brown, Sr.; second husband, Carl R. Swick; sons, William H. Brown, Jr., Gary Brown and Roger Swick; brother-in-law, Wilbur Martin; and a granddaughter, Kandy Foster.
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Apostolic Christian Church, 1635 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon.
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