Date of Birth: February 14, 1932
Date of Death: July 08, 2019
One Who Served the Lord -- Charlotte Ellen Skillman was born on February 14, 1932, and she lived a full life of service to God, to Christ's church, and to her family, until she passed on to live in Heaven on July 8, 2019, at the age of 87. Charlotte lived in Deposit, NY, with her parents and six siblings within easy walking distance of Deposit Methodist Church, where she learned of God and His love and grace. Following her love of music, Charlotte left Deposit for Fredonia State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in music education in 1953. Seeking to serve the church, she continued her education by earning a master's degree in religious education from Union Theological Seminary in 1955. While furthering her formal education, Charlotte spent most of her summer breaks on missions trips. After graduating from seminary, Charlotte joined the staff of Covenant Methodist Church in Springfield, PA, working with the Christian education program. While at Covenant, she met Dean Kramer. Dean and Charlotte were married at Charlotte's home church in Deposit on July 5, 1958. Charlotte Skillman Kramer became the mother of four wonderful children: Lorin, David, Cynthia and Cheryl. She was the grandmother to seven and great-grandmother to six. Within days of the birth of each of her children, the family was back in church together at Cranbury Methodist Church in their hometown of Cranbury, NJ. Charlotte directed the junior choir, sang in the senior choir, played piano or organ when the organist had the Sunday off, taught classes, organized vacation Bible schools, helped decorate the church for special occasions, supported antique shows, led Christmas caroling ... pretty much anything going on at church had some of Charlotte's loving, guiding touch. After years of service to the church, while loving her husband, and wisely rearing her children, it was time for a change. Dean and Charlotte retired to New River, AZ, in 1985. Retirement meant new places to serve God and the Church. Charlotte joined Sunrise United Methodist Church, where she taught classes, sang, and played music. Seeking a congregation closer to home, Charlotte was instrumental in founding Pioneer United Methodist Church. When Pioneer UMC closed in 2016, Charlotte and Dean attended Cross of Christ Church and New River Bible Chapel, where Charlotte actively taught classes and played music. On the day before she passed on to Heaven, Charlotte took her turn playing the piano at New River Bible Chapel. Charlotte's love of God and His people led her to a life of service, doing the Lord's work to the end.
Charlotte Kramer's memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, 7/27/19, at Cross of Christ Church, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, AZ.