Posted: December 27th, 2021

1935 – 2021


Cornelis “Cor” Kramer passed away peacefully at the Bow Island Health Centre surrounded by the love of his life, Clara, and his four children on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

The world lost a bit of its humour and gentleness when our much loved husband and father was taken unexpectedly by a devastating stroke.

Cor was born in Waarland, Netherlands on August 12, 1935. He worked on the family farm in Holland until they immigrated to Canada in 1954. Cor quickly settled into farm life in Lethbridge and area working with his dad and brothers while earning his welding certification. At age twenty seven he moved to Woodstock, Ontario to start welding. Shortly after, he met Clara van der Meer, who became his beloved wife of 58 years. His son and daughter, Jack and Wendy soon arrived, after which Cor moved his family back to Alberta to farm in Raymond. The birth of two more daughters, Judy and Tricia followed.

In 1985 Cor bought land in Bow Island and farmed until he retired in 1996. Then he and Clara started the good life, where Cor greatly enjoyed golfing, wood turning, playing pool, making wine, gardening, and travelling. Cor loved to spend time laughing and visiting with friends and his large extended family, including his brothers and sisters: Jack, Ann (Dick), Marie (Dirk), Truce (Cor Appel), Hank (Henny), Sam (Effie), Tina (Dick), John (Wiena), Pete (Lavone), Elly (Harm) and Tony (Margaret). He was predeceased by his parents Simon and Marie, and his siblings Jack, Marie, Hank, Sam and Tina; and his in-laws: Dick, Dirk, Cor Appel, Henny, Effie and Harm.

He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Clara, and children: Jack Kramer (Nicola Quigley), Wendy Hilsendeger (Steve), Judy Helfrich (Mike) and Tricia Kramer (Malcolm Matthews); his grandchildren: LeAnna, Nikki, Emily, Tyler, Luke, Conor and Tabby; and great grandchildren Kaidence, Bentley and Tanner; along with Christine, Hailey, Graham, Walker and Mavrik, who he considered his own grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Due to the fact that in person attendance at the visitation is limited, those who wish to attend may do so by visiting Cor’s obituary page on our website and choosing the ‘attend visitation’ link to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, you may call the funeral home at (403) 223-8778 to schedule a time.

A private funeral service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 with Life Celebrant, Shelly Dawn Bassett officiating. A private committal service will take place at the Bow Island Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at

Due to the fact that in person attendance at the service is limited and by invitation only, those who wish to view the service may do so by visiting Cor’s obituary page on our website and clicking on the livestream link that will be available at 1:45 P.M. on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Cor’s name may be made directly to the Bow Island and District Health Foundation, Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.

Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

5 Condolences for “COR KRAMER”

  1. Dan and Caro! ( SVR) says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Cor’ passing. Clara our thoughts and prayers are with you. Will will always remember the good times we had at Sleepy Valley.

    Dan and Carol

  2. Gerry & Shirley Fitzgerald says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Clara. We have many fond memories of you and Cor at Sleepy Valley in Texas.

    Please take care of “you” Clara. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs.Gerry & Shirley

  3. Kathryn Van Dorp says:

    So very sad to learn of Cor’s passing. Cor was one of our favourite visitors at the Bow Island Library. He always bought a joke and a laugh with him. I truly enjoyed our visits.

  4. Ria Welbourne says:

    Sorry to hear of Cor’s passing! I pray for Clara and all the family to be given comfort and peace at this difficult time!

    God bless you all!

  5. Dean & Jolayne Mykytiw says:

    Pete & LaVona
    Sorry to read about the loss of your brother, our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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