WILMA “BILLIE” KRAEMER
Chesterfield resident Wilma “Billie” Kraemer, 86, passed away on 4 September 2022. Her final days were spent surrounded by the family, friends, and parishioners she loved so much.
Billie was born 10 October 1935, as the third of five children, in Saint Louis, to Richard and Flavia Rammelsburg. Her father worked as a route and delivery supervisor for Sunshine Laundry and her mother was a housewife.
Throughout the entirety of her life, Billie was active, charismatic, friendly and compassionate. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953, where she was captain of the cheerleading squad, president of the pep rally team, treasurer of the social committee, and a member of the student council. Billie also enjoyed roller skating at the Arena, cruising to the Parkmore or Wild’s Palace of Poison for malts and burgers, and dancing with friends at the Immaculate Conception’s Teen Town
Following High School, Billie worked as an administrative assistant at Union Electric, where she worked with her first husband, Don Hagemeier. While their marriage wouldn’t last forever as they’d hoped, Don and Billie remained committed to raising their two boys, Mark and Grant, as a team.
After her tenure at Union Electric, Billie worked as an administrative assistant at Anheuser-Busch for over 20 years.
Along with her sisters, Louise and Jeannette, Billie served as an active member in the Order of the Eastern Star, for which she served as Worthy Matron for the Pomegranate Chapter in 1986, and Worthy Grand Matron for the state of Missouri in 1999.
It was at her 45th Roosevelt High School Reunion that she would meet her second husband, Robert Kraemer, with whom she traveled the world, laughed heartily, and loved mightily for twenty-two years. Robert Kraemer has four children from a previous marriage, who Billie loved as her own.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Flavia Rammelsburg, sisters Jeannette Rammelsburg and Louise Meffert, and sons Mark Hagemeier and Grant Hagemeier.
She is survived by her husband Robert, brothers Richard and Jack, stepchildren John, Susan, and Diane, and grandchildren Nathan, Ryan, Crystal, David, J.R., Kelly, Tracy, Laura, Zach, and Laura.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County Location, 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO (63129) from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 10:00 am at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County Location, 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO (63129). Interment following services to St. Johns Evangelical UCC Cemetery.