A funeral will be held Monday for Marian E. Kramer, 81, one of the first women elected to the Cattaraugus County Legislature, where she served for 20 years.
A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Halwig Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 in St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 202 S. Union St. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany.
Mrs. Kramer died Friday (Dec. 17, 1999) in Olean General Hospital following a short illness.
Born in Christiana, Pa., she married Francis C. Krameron on Oct. 1, 1938. He died June 8, 1995.
Together they operated the Village Coffee Shop in Wellsville for many years. She later managed other restaurants and cafeterias.
Mrs. Kramer was one of two woman elected in November 1974 to the Cattaraugus County Legislature. She was the first woman to represent the City of Olean.
Anne Marie Costello of Kill Buck was elected at the same time.
"She and I became close associates, Mrs. Costello recalled as they battled the odds as the only two women on the board.
Often the women sought support for legislation. "We had to support each other, as we were often shunned by the men," Mrs. Costello said. "But we were a good pair. I was outgoing and she was a grandma type. Together we forged a lasting friendship."As an active member of the Democratic Party, Mrs. Kramer was active in campaigns for former Rep. Stan Lundine of Jamestown and former Assembly Minority Leader Daniel B. Walsh of Franklinville.
During her career, Mrs. Kramer was invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter for the signing of the Love Canal legislation.
A charter member of the Cattaraugus County Association of Women Achievers, Mrs. Kramer was honored as Woman Achiever of the Year in 1992. She faithfully attended the group's annual Election Day luncheons and often was called upon to lead the pledge to the flag.
She was also a member of the St. Mary of the Angels Church, the Pulaski Club Auxiliary and a card club.
Her family remembers her as being a humanitarian, always helping people and a friend to many. She loved animals and was very patriotic.
Survivors include two daughters, Suzanne E. Barry of Olean and Mary Lou Bickner of Loveland, Colo.; a son, Michael D. Kramer of Black Creek; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.