Eleanor Rogers Kramer
Eleanor Rogers Kramer
  • September 20, 1924 - September 15, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Eleanor Rogers (Ellie) Kramer died unexpectedly on Friday, September 15, 2017 at her home in Annapolis. She was preceded in death by Neal, her husband of 64 years. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 20th, 1924 to John Berrien Rogers and Eleanor Catherine Townsend. She attended Roland Park Country School. After her family moved to Round Bay, Severna Park in 1939; she attended Annapolis High School and graduated in 1942. Ellie graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1947.

Her father was a boat builder and owned Rogers Marina on Rock Creek in Pasadena and fostered her love of sailing. She became an avid sailor, racing Snipes and Penguins. She met her future husband, Neal Kramer, at the Oxford Regatta in the summer of 1941.

On December 7, 1941, she and Neal were racing Penguins at the old Maryland Yacht Club in Baltimore when they heard the news about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Neal then served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. Neal and Eleanor were married in April of 1947.

Ellie worked for many years as a nurse. Her first job at Anne Arundel General Hospital paid 60 cents an hour. She retired from the nursing profession in 1976. In retirement, Ellie worked at various local businesses in Annapolis including Pottery & Things and Tilghman Company Jewelers. She also volunteered at Anne Arundel General Hospital Auxiliary, Hospice Auxiliary, Caring Collection Inc., and at Annapolis Senior Center preparing tax forms for seniors. Ellie was a member of the Severna Park Republican Women’s Club and served as treasurer. She was also a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Ellie and Neal lived on Spa Creek in Historic Annapolis for many years before moving to Baywoods. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish and a continuing member of the Annapolis Yacht Club. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, researching her family genealogy, playing bridge and scrabble. She started the family tradition of gifting boxes of Russell Stover chocolates at Christmas.

She is survived by her sister, Jean Rogers Hawkins (Jim) of Severna Park and three daughters: Sally Sachse (Bert) of Severna Park, Barbara Kramer of Annapolis, and Cathy Kramer (David) of Easton, 4 granddaughters: Christina Linsenmeyer of Finland, Becky Blaine White (Paul) of Scottsdale, AZ, Sarah Hayden (Jamie) of Huntingtown, MD, Abbie Smothers (Justin) of Walnut Cove, NC, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm on Wednesday, September 20th at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 21st at 10:30am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 North Bestgate Road, Annapolis. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery following the funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation or Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.