Kramer, Karl K. (1906-2002)

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Karl and Maria Kramer, 1979.
Photo: Courtesy of John Kramer.

Karl K. Kramer: missionary, pastor, carpenter and custodian; born 22 July 1906 in Lugau, Saxony, Germany. On 21 Mar 1936 in Wiedenest, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany he married Maria Born (20 October 1911-19 June 1980) who was born in Schoensee, Molotschna, South Russia and died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, daughter of Gerhard Born and Elisabeth (Dueck) Born, who had immigrated to Germany with her brother Franz Born in 1929. Karl and Maria Kramer had 7 children – 4 sons and 3 daughters; one son died in infancy. After Karl Kramer’s first wife died, he married Mary Dyck (1911-2003), daughter of Peter Dyck and Katharina (Peters) Dyck in 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Karl Kramer died 7 November 2002 in Winnipeg, and Mary (Dyck) Kramer died on 29 March 2003.

Karl Kramer studied architecture in Dresden and then took theological training in Bibelschule Wiedenest Karl and Maria Kramer were accepted as missionaries under the Afrika-Missions-Verein and traveled to Belgian Congo in December 1937 to work at the Bololo mission. During the Second World War on 19 May 1940 the Kramer family was interned by the Belgian government because they were German nationals. They remained in the Congolese internment camp until 5 February 1948, when the Belgians repatriated the family to Germany. Karl served as a Baptist pastor in Germany until the family immigrated to Canada in June 1953. He worked as a carpenter for many years and later as a custodian. Karl was an active participant and leader in the senior’s ministry at Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church.


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Author(s) Alf Redekopp
Date Published October 2019

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