Rita Kramer Death, Obituary – At St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on January 26, Rita Kramer, CSA, formerly known as Sister Sara, passed away in a gentle manner. Rita’s birthday is December 1st, and she is the daughter of Leo E. Kramer and Veronica J. Loehr Kramer. Rita was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in 1943. She was the sixth Kramer child out of a total of twelve children, 10 of which were girls and two of whom were males. Rita often reminisced about the time she spent with her large and loving family on the farm in Dotyville, Wisconsin.
When it became clear that the family would outgrow the farmhouse in Dotyville, Rita’s parents made the decision to purchase a larger home as well as a farm near Armstrong, Wisconsin. Rita and her siblings spent many happy days working, playing, and worshiping together on their picturesque farmland in the Kettle Moraine region. These activities took place on their family’s property. She also talked about the terrible incident, a fire, that took the life of her older sister Virginia when she was just seven years old. She also talked about the death of her younger sister Ann, who passed away not long after she was born.
Her mother’s side of the family had long held the belief that they had two guardian angels looking out for them. When Rita was a student at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she was introduced to the Sisters of St. Agnes for the very first time. Following her graduation in 1961, Rita responded to the call that she felt to enter religious life by becoming a nun. In August of 1961, she became a member of the St. Agnes Convent.
Rita had to return home due to an illness after participating in the formation program of the congregation for a total of three years. Following that, she worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Fond du Lac for a total of two years. During that period, her affection for the Sisters of St. Agnes continued to grow, and she eventually made the decision to rejoin the community. The following year, on August 15, 1967, she made her first profession of vows as Sister Sara in the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She had previously rejoined the St. Agnes Convent in August 1966.