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Joan M Kraemer

October 22, 1935 — February 27, 2024


Joan Marie (Kulzer) Kraemer, age 88 of Osakis passed into the glory of Heaven Tuesday, February 27th, 2024, from the Galeon in Osakis surrounded by her loving family.

Joan (Joanie) was one of thirteen children born into the family of John and Rose (Tillman) Kulzer. She was born in Greenwald, MN on October 22, 1935.  She graduated in 1953 from Melrose High School.  After graduation, Joanie worked at St Michael’s Hospital and the dental office in Sauk Centre. On June 29, 1959, she married the love of her life, Ray Kraemer at the Church of St. Andrew in Greenwald, MN.  For many years Joanie was an active member of St. Alexius parish in West Union, where she served as a teacher for catechism, a Eucharist minister, and on the sausage supper committee. She was one of the founding leaders of the West Union Country Kids 4H. Joan was also an active member of Christian Mothers and the Daughters of Isabella. She is a past president of the VFW Auxiliary in Osakis. Joanie and Ray retired from the farm in 1992 and moved to Osakis. After Ray’s passing in 2021, Joanie remained at the assisted living facility in Osakis. She is a member of the Immaculate Conception parish in Osakis.

Joanie’s steadfast love for her family was reflected in her wonderful cooking and baking skills. She could bake a lemon pie or make potato salad like no other. To carry on the tradition, she shared her recipes in a cookbook she made for many of her friends and family. Over the years, Joanie loved assisting her grown children with different house projects, especially painting. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading, and watching TV; most often the news. During their retirement, Ray and Joanie spent 18 well-deserved winters in Mesa, AZ. Joanie will leave a legacy of love and faith in the hearts of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Julie (Tom) Traynor of Devils Lake, ND, David (Julie) Kraemer of Blue Springs, MO, Connie (Andy) Quistorff of West Union, Lisa (Kevin) Hoffman of North Port, FL, Ken (Stephanie) Kraemer of Osakis and Jon (Kari) Kraemer of Brainerd; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosie Dale of Louisiana; many nieces and nephews.  

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray, parents, grandson, Cory Hoffman and grandson-in-law, Matt Follman; brothers, Raymond, Edmund, Millard, Roland, and John Kulzer and sisters, Viola Kulzer, Lorraine Weisser, Amella Sabourin, Marilyn Muellner, Jane Doege, and Judy Johnson.

A rosary will be said at 4:30 PM followed by a visitation from 5-7 PM. and a prayer service at 7 PM., on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis. 
 A visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 AM., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM., on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis.

The family would like to thank Galeon, Alomere ICCU, and Douglas Co Hospice for their loving care and support.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, March 3, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Prayer Service

Sunday, March 3, 2024

7:00 - 7:15 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Mass

Monday, March 4, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

316 3rd Ave W, Osakis, MN 56360

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Memorial Gathering

Monday, March 4, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Osakis VFW Post #7902

701 8th Ave E, Osakis, MN 56360

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