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Obituary: Marion Caroline Krams

Marion Caroline Krams (Hansen), born Rozela May Olmstead, on Nov. 9, 1926 in Gerry NY, died July 5, 2011 in Springfield, OH, surrounded by her loving family. She was raised by her birth parents McKinley George Olmstead and Ida Downey during the depression years and when the parents could no longer afford the children little Rozela and her brother Everett were sent to a local orphanage. A farm family who had lost a son wanted to adopt Everett but the orphanage told them they must take both children as they needed to stay together. After a short period of time little Rozela was returned to the orphanage and eventually traveled on the “Orphan Train” to the Children’s Aid Society in New York City. She was separated from her brother for the next 25 years. She spent several years in and out of foster homes until being taken in by Arthur and Esther Hansen of Greenlawn, NY, at which time she took the name, Marion Caroline Hansen.

Marion married her life mate, Adolph Krams Jr. on Sept. 18, 1948 and together they had 4 children and lived in Mineola for over 40 years. During their time in Mineola they were active members of the First Presbyterian Church, community volunteer organizations and became active in the Masons and the Eastern Star. Marion worked as a teacher aid and taught English as a second language at the Hampton Street School for 18 years. She enjoyed family camping trips, swimming at the Mineola Community Pool, family night suppers at the First Presbyterian Church and creating works of art in ceramics and quilting.

In 1989 Marion and Adolph retired to Etowah, NC, where Marion enjoyed hiking, canoeing and camping in the Pisgah Forest, growing a large vegetable garden and canning or freezing the foods she grew. She took up the art of creating faux Faberge eggs and won numerous awards for her beautiful egg creations. She and Adolph became dedicated members of Amaranth and the Shriners and held key positions within the organizations. They also enjoyed traveling in their camper, visiting all 48 states and completed their 50 state goal by taking an Alaskan expedition in 2003 and a family reunion trip to sunny Hawaii in 2006. After 18 years in Etowah they moved one last time to the Masonic Home in Springfield, OH, to spend their golden years with their Shriner friends. Marion began teaching the art of egg making to friends at the Masonic Home, took painting classes and was just branching out into flower arranging. Her works of art were often sold in the Masonic Home gift shop and she continued to enter her creations in art competitions and receiving awards for her artistic ability. Marion was active with volunteer activities at the Masonic Home up until the day before she was hospitalized this past April. Shortly before her passing Marion said that at the time of her death she wanted people to know the following about her:

“I love the Lord, and I have always wanted to be of help to others. I love my family and family is everything to me.”

Marion is survived by her spouse of 62 years, Adolph, and their children, Esther Louise Johnson (Ken), Mark Everett Krams (Suzanne), Donald Adolph Krams (Sharon) and Charles Arthur Krams (Liz) along with 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held on July 7 at the Ohio Masonic Home Chapel, 2655 West National Rd., Springfield, OH In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to any of the following charities: Amaranth Diabetes Research Fund, The Masonic Home Benevolent Endowment Foundation or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.