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Ilse Elizabeth Kramer

February 16, 1936 June 13, 2021
Ilse Elizabeth Kramer
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Obituary for Ilse Elizabeth Kramer

Ilse Elizabeth Kramer, 85, died Sunday, June 13th in Providence.

With more than 30 years of professional experience, Ilse was a rare book bibliographer at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University from 1962 to 1991. Earlier in her career, she worked in the German Department of the library at the University of Bonn.

Ilse began her career as a student at the University of Cologne, earning a Master of Library Science. In addition to her primary roles, she served as a consultant for M&S Rare Books and Press, Inc., and she was a translator at the John Carter Brown Library during her years there. Ilse was also the archivist at Central Congregational Church and served as the church's Poet Laureate since 2010. Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ilse immigrated to the United States in 1962 and became an American citizen in 1988.

A respected voice in her areas of expertise, Ilse was also affiliated with a number of organizations in her community. She has written several articles for professional journals, and her books include “Die Wunderbare Neue Weit” and “Pimpinella”. She also co-authored “Gefuehite Wahrheit” with Jürgen Mittelstraß.

Throughout the years, Ilse has been recognized for her achievements and accomplishments. But most of all, it is her poems that are her great contribution to life. She started writing poetry at the age of seven. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, in church newsletters and memorial service programs and most of all in the hearts of those who received them.

Please scroll down to read one of Ilse's poems.

Sweet Gifts

I am giving my friends
Bite-size cookies for Christmas
I even offer some to some to the robin
On my fire escape

They are made with bitter almonds
With sweet memories
And a few salty tears
Hansel and Gretel

Used cookie crumbs
To find their way home
From the woods the witch
And the sandman

I bake the cookies
Slowly by the heat of my heart
Until they turn into love
And melt on the tongue of my friends


Her Memorial Service will be held on June 26th at 11am in the Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street to which friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906.

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11:00 AM 6/26/2021 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 6/26/2021 12:00:00 PM
Central Congregational Church

296 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street Providence 02906 RI
United States
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