Elsie Becker Krampitz passed away from Congestive Heart Failure at the age of 100 years and 322 days on Aug. 23, 2017, at Touchpoints in Farmington.
She was born on Oct. 5, 1916, in New Britain to Daniel Becker and Emma (Flemke) Becker. Elsie was raised in Farmington on the small family farm on Red Oak Hill Road. She attended Noah Wallace School and graduated from Farmington High School.
She met the love of her life and best friend, Emil Wilhelm Krampitz, whom she married on July 8, 1944. They had one cherished daughter, Joyce Sharon. They moved to Bristol in 1955 and enjoyed their location next to Rockwell Park for many years. Emil died in 1998. In 2004, Elsie went to live with her daughter, Joyce, and her treasured son-in-law, Lawrence John Marion, who she always referred to as her son.
Elsie first worked at Plimpton’s in West Hartford, then for General Motors and then spent the rest of her long career at General Electric in Plainville from which she retired in 1978.
In her youth, she enjoyed playing various sports. She and Emil enjoyed as hobbies butterfly and moth collecting, which they used to create a beautiful display. They also enjoyed going to auctions to collect colored glass cruets, and liked shooting archery with wood longbows. She loved to crochet, knit, and make quilts.
After her retirement, Elsie taught crafts at the Bristol Senior Center, received the Arthur Pipke Award in 1985 for outstanding volunteer service, and also ran the ‘hospital’ at the annual Teddy Bear Jamboree at Bristol Eastern High School where repairs were made to damaged Teddy Bears that children brought in. She enjoyed writing poetry and composing positive prayerful messages up to the last day of her life.
She had a very strong belief in God and was a Sunday School Teacher at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bristol. Her love of God and her trust in God never wavered, even when she was very ill. She was firm and resolute in her belief that when her time on this earth was over, that God would take her home.
She enjoyed the summer cottage at Otis Reservoir that she and Emil purchased in 1961, and the beautiful gatherings and picnics that were attended by many special family members and friends for five decades, as well as frequent chats with her long time Lands End neighbors, Frank and Geri Peters.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Herbert Becker, his wife, Ethel, and Edward Becker; her sister, Martha Otto, her husband, Robert; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arnold Krampitz, his wife, Frances, Rhinehardt Krampitz, his wife, Selma, Ray Cunningham, Edward Nevulis, Lillian Simonides, her husband, Ernest, Emily Werner, her husband, John, Adolf Wondrovski, Albert Krampitz and Mildred Krampitz.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she leaves her sisters-in-law, Helen Becker of Farmington, Ruth Wondrovski, Adeline Nevulis, Alice Cunningham, Myrna Gamache and husband George, all of Bristol. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Elsie had a very special adopted family, Margaret and Michael St. Denis, and their beautiful children who she considered to be her grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Laurel, Daniel, Jessica and great-granddaughter Catherine Grace.
She also leaves her kind and caring special friends, Larry Southard and Janet Clark. Larry played his guitar and sang her favorite old religious hymns on special occasions such as Elsie’s 100th Birthday Party. Barry and Helen Leghorn, Richard and Rita Bonczek and their families, were long time special friends.
Her family appreciates the exceptional care provided by her Physicians Michael Jiminez, Joyce Meng and Mary Beth Barry that made it possible for Elsie to become a centenarian. Her family is grateful to the wonderful staff of Touchpoints in Farmington who were so kind and loving to Elsie. Carolyn, Domenic, Eunice, Geri, Gina, Karen, Kelly, Maria, Noris, Paulette, Scott, Suhbi and many others, were marvelous caregivers. The sympathetic and caring staff from The Hospice group at Hartford Health Care provided superb care.
In lieu of Flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow St., Bristol, CT 06010. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. Friends and family may pay their respects to Elsie and her family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, at the Funk Funeral Home. Viewing at Immanuel Lutheran Church will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, followed by a Christian Funeral Service. This service will be followed by interment in Peacedale Cemetery, James P. Casey Road, Bristol, CT 06010. Luncheon will follow at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Bristol, CT.
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