Adam Kraimer, simply put, was one of the good guys. Quiet and usually dressed in blue or grey, Adam’s modest exterior concealed a passionate heart and a witty sense of humor. When others were nervous or upset, Adam could be counted on to lighten the mood with his favorite saying: “Relax! It will be alright, relax!” He was strong, capable, and hard-working, and deeply committed to his family and his God.
Adam Joseph was born on May 8, 1980, to proud parents Terry and Sally (Mueller) Kraimer. He was the younger of two sons, and grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, with his older brother Michael. As a child, Adam was quiet, shy and thoughtful. He never rushed into anything, instead preferring to watch and learn from others before trying things himself.
When the time came to go to school, Adam attended Washington Grade School, Longfellow Junior High, and Wauwatosa East High School. Adam enjoyed high school, both the classes and the extracurricular activities. He belonged to the school band, and was a talented trumpet player. Later on, Adam would play in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s marching band. Hard-working and motivated, Adam worked several jobs growing up, including a paper route and jobs with St. Joseph Hospital, the Milwaukee Brewers, and his brother Mike’s landscaping business.
After graduating from high school in 1998, Adam went on to the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He studied nursing, and graduated in 2002 to become a registered nurse. His mother Sally, also a registered nurse had the honor of pinning him at his graduation ceremony. While he was at M.A.T.C., Adam became friends with a young lady named Susan Kramer, who was also studying for her nursing degree (the similarity in their names – Kraimer and Kramer – would later be responsible for many double-takes from friends). Susan gave Adam the greatest gift one person can give another – the gift of faith. Adam was intrigued by Susan’s religious conviction, and Susan offered to teach him a Bible Study course. Adam’s faith deepened day by day, until he committed his life to Jesus and was baptized in April 0f 2002 at Parkway Apostolic Church. Soon after, he received the Infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Adam and Susan’s friendship continued to grow, with each having a bit of a crush on the other. They finally started dating on October 5, 2002, when Adam arranged a beautiful first date for Susan. He found a babysitter for Susan’s daughter, Desiree, took Susan for a meal at the Rafters Restaurant in Oak Creek, and finished the evening with “Night Like the Symphony” at Parkway Church. Three weeks later, on October 26, 2002, while they were strolling on the shores of Lake Michigan, Adam asked Susan to be his wife. The happy couple was married on March 8, 2003, at Parkway Apostolic Church.
Adam and Susan settled into married life, and Adam looked upon Desiree as his own daughter. He eventually adopted her on April 29, 2004, making official what they already knew in their hearts – that they were a family. Soon after, on May 13, Adam and Susan were blessed with another daughter, whom they named Emmalee. The Kraimer family was completed on April 30, 2005, with the birth of their third daughter, Danielle. Danielle would turn out to be shy and thoughtful, just like her dad. Adam loved being a father, and although he worked long hours to support his family, he always made time for his girls. He did whatever was needed to help out at home, from cleaning and washing clothes to doing the shopping. He was a quite a bargain-hunter, and always managed to find the best deals!
For his first few years as a registered nurse, Adam worked at St. Francis Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital. He later became a traveling nurse, which meant that he was assigned to areas where the need was greatest. Some of his posts included Madison, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, and Phoenix, Arizona. In 2007, Adam found his niche at the cardiac catheterization lab of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa, where he has remained until the present day. Adam enjoyed his work, and was a natural at caring for people – his kind words and responsible care brought comfort and happiness to countless patients over the years. Adam was also committed to constantly improving his skills, and completed his bachelor’s in nursing at UW-Milwaukee in December 2010.
In his free time, Adam enjoyed playing around with technological gadgets – the computer, videogames, Facebook, etc. He always had to have the latest thing (IPhone, Ipad), and he was the recognized tech guru in the family if anyone was having computer issues. Most of all, however, Adam loved spending time with his family, and was never happier than when surrounded by his wife and daughters.
Honest, strong, and kind, Adam was a devoted husband, a loving father, a loyal friend, and a faithful Christian. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his many friends and beloved family.
Adam Joseph Kraimer went home to the Lord on October 10, 2012, at the age of 32. Adam’s family includes his wife, Susan (Kramer) Kraimer; his children, Desiree, Emmalee, and Danielle; his parents, Terry Kraimer and Sally Kraimer; his brother, Michael (Jane) Kraimer; his grandmother, Ruth Mueller, grandmother-in-law, Mary Miller; his parents-in-law, Ralph and Barbara Kramer; his aunt, Martha Crawford; and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Parkway Apostolic Church 10940 S. Nicholson Road Oak Creek, WI. Funeral Services will follow at 12 p.m. Interment will be at Wauwatosa Cemetery, Wauwatosa, WI. Please visit www.SuminskiFuneralHome.com, where you can learn more about Adam’s life, share a favorite memory or photo, and sign the online guestbook.