Artha Arlene Schramm

Artha Arlene Schramm 

GUILDERLAND — Artha Arlene Schramm, known to her friends as Arlene, a woman who loved to talk and write letters, died on Saturday, July 27, 2013. She was 92.

Mrs. Schramm was born on Sept. 18, 1920, to the late Maurice and Emily McCall, of Holley, N.Y.

She married Donald Schramm, of Guilderland, and the two celebrated 68 years of marriage and “true love,” wrote her family in a tribute.

Her family also wrote that she had the “gift of gab” and her husband would tell her to “stifle” herself because she talked so much.

Mrs. Schramm also loved to write letters and send cards.

“Hallmark Cards is now missing one of their greatest customers,” wrote her family. “She never forgot a birthday or any event.”

She welcomed anyone into her kitchen, and always made sure there was enough food to go around.

“There was always enough food to feed the friends that happened to be there at dinner time,” wrote her family.

Mrs. Schramm and her husband were members of the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, beginning in June 1944.

After moving south to be near her son, she was a volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center, in Alpharetta, Ga., and helped prepare over 91,000 meals for home-bound seniors over the course of seven years.

Mr. and Mrs. Schramm loved to spend their vacation time and retirement years in the Adirondack mountains in Upper Saranac Lake.

“Mom gave everyone unconditional acceptance and love,” concluded her son, Gary.

Mrs. Schramm is survived by her sons, Donald Schramm, and his wife, Rita, of Lander, Wyo., and Gary Schramm, and his wife, Hildegarde, of Alpharetta, Ga.; his grandchildren, Heidi Schramm Murray, of Alpharetta, Ga., Kenneth Schramm, of Laramie, Wyo., and Kimberly Bevcar, of Washington; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, Donald McCall, and his wife, Arlene, of Holley, N.Y.

Her sister, Jane Carpenter, died before her.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, in Alpharetta, Ga., and Mrs. Schramm’s ashes will be spread over the mountains New York and Wyoming. 

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