Tuesday, April 1, 2003


Loretta Kramer was Sew & Vac store founder

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

BRIDGETOWN - Loretta Elizabeth Federer Kramer, co-founder with her husband of Kramer's Sew & Vac stores, died Friday at Vitas Hospice at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

Mrs. Kramer, 90, took a fall in January just days after going on a motorcycle Poker Run for United Way with her son, Bob Kramer of Fairfield, in Sarasota.

She had been hospitalized since.

Full of verve, Mrs. Kramer traveled with her family and played cards weekly in the five clubs to which she belonged.

"She inspired so many with her wit and zest for life," said her son. "She never said no to anything. She was always game."

Loretta and Carl Kramer founded Kramer's Sew & Vac on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine in 1947. They operated it for 25 years before turning it over to their son, who ran the business, which expanded to include locations in North College Hill and Montgomery, for another 25 years. It has since been sold.

Mrs. Kramer was a member of St. Jude Church since 1958.

Her husband died in 1995.

In addition to her son Bob, survivors include a daughter, Ginny Meyer of Colerain Township; two other sons, Bill of Clifton and Jack of Harrison; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 11 a.m. today at St. Jude Church, 5924 Bridgetown Road. Mass of Christian burial follows at noon. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials: St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati 45214; or the Free Store/FoodBank, 112 E. Liberty St., Cincinnati 45210.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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