Gerald "Jerry" W. Cramer

Gerald “Jerry” W. Cramer, 95, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Jerry was born January 4, 1925, in La Porte, Indiana to the late Peter and Marie (Essling) Cramer.


Jerry was a 1942 graduate of La Porte High School and the South Bend College of Commerce. He was a secretary/treasurer for 25 years at Voegler Distributing Company and previously worked at Reggie Pendleton Oldsmobile and Cadillac Dealership.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, La Porte American Legion Post #83, Knights of Columbus Post #1542, and a former member of Beechwood Men’s Golf Club.  He also was a United States Navy veteran of WWII.


On May 12, 1951, Jerry married Florence M. Bernacchi who survives along with their six children, Joseph Cramer (Mary) of Naples, Florida, James Cramer (Mary Jo) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Nancy Baugh (Michael) of Rancho Cucamonga, California, Barbara J. Miller of Denver, Colorado, Dr. John M. Cramer of Cedar Park, Texas, and Jane Cramer-Stevens (Brian) of La Porte, Indiana; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Margaret Diffendorfer; and a brother, Norbert Cramer.


Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Due to the Covid-19 virus, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 109 C Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

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