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Obituary - Ellen S. Cramer

Ellen S. Cramer

Date of Passing: January 15th, 2021

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Ellen Silverstein Cramer, age 92, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Siegenthaler Center, New Hartford, New York.

Ellen was born in Utica, NY on April 11, 1928 and was the daughter of Rose and Moses Silverstein. She graduated from Ryder College and, later in life, from MVCC as well. She was the
Past President of Hadassah, member of Sisterhood of Temple Beth El and a volunteer with the United Jewish Appeal.

Ellen was extremely devoted to her immediate and extended family. She was married to Joseph T. Cramer for 50 years until his passing in September of 2000. Ellen and Joe enjoyed a happy and loving marriage. They traveled extensively throughout the world and enjoyed art, music and the theatre.

Ellen stayed at home and raised their 4 children in a traditional Jewish environment where she instilled independence, strong family values and concern for others. Ellen had a large circle of friends from all aspects of her life. She and Joe entertained frequently and always hosted all family holidays and events.

She then started her career with library positions at Lincoln School and MVCC. She later volunteered as a docent at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. This led to her dream job of Docent Coordinator where she spent 20 years nurturing the docents, organizing tours, and tirelessly ensuring all details were covered.

She was an avid knitter all of her life and even recently taught family and friends the art of knitting. She loved to read and play mahjong with her special group of friends. In addition to visiting museums throughout the world, she enjoyed studying art.

Her genuine concern and interest in the lives of her family extended beyond her children and grandchildren. Ellen was always interested in the wellbeing of her nieces and nephews as much as their own mothers.

Ellen is survived by her 4 children, Robin Lowitz of New Hartford NY, Caren Braiman (Todd Fischer) of Burnt Hills, NY, Lynn Hughes of South Lyon, MI, and Jeffrey Cramer (Jennifer) of Glenview, IL. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrew Lowitz (Chanel), Melissa Eusden (Tyler), Rachel Newsome (Vincent), Jason Hughes, Mollie Cramer, Alex Cramer and Jacob Cramer along with a great grandson, Brooklyn Lowitz. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; sisters, Doris Root, Carole Gordon and her identical twin sister, Elaine Gurvitz; along with their husbands.

A private service will be held on Sunday (today), January 17, and will be live streamed at 2:00pm ET from Ellen will be buried in the Temple Beth El Cemetery alongside her husband. A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date. Virtual Shiva will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm ET. Further information will be available on

The family would like to thank the staffs at Cedarbrook Assisted Living and Brookdale of Clinton for their attentive and dedicated care. A very special thank you to Cheryl Peters, Ellen's friend and care giver for the past 5 years, with whom she shared humor, outings, and companionship.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Ellen can donate to the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Art Odyssey Interactive Gallery or Temple Beth El in Utica, N.Y. in her memory.

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Ellen, Andrew, and Melissa,
We were very sorry to hear about your mother. She was a wonderful woman and a great role model. Our deepest sympathy to all of your. May her memory be a blessing.

Elise and Marc Feiner
Elise Feiner

I fondly remember Ellen and Joe when they lived at Oxford Towne, and following Joe's passing, seeing Ellen at MWPAI. Ellen had a wonderful, love filled life. Condolences to the family.
Alyce Demma

Rest in Peace Sweet Ellen...sending all my love to Robin Caren Lynn and Jeffrey and extended families!!
I have so many wonderful memories that I will hold on to..may her memory be a blessing!!
Abbe Peres