Donald Kramer

donald kramer

February 22, 1949 ~ June 12, 2019

Kramer, Donald age 70, of New York City, on June 12, 2019. He was born in New York and graduated from St. Francis College, LIU Post MS Special Education, Fordham University MA Supervision and Administration, Education, Teacher, Elementary School Principal, Accomplished Pianist, Organist, Singer and Great Cook. He had a passion for music, especially classical & liturgical, he sang with Julliard Chorus as Bass Leader for some time. A Devout Catholic, Treasured Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s R.C Church, Leonia, for over 40 years and was a dedicated to his work and parish family.

Beloved brother of Robert Kramer and his wife Patricia, the late Richard Kramer and his wife Sharon, John Kramer and his wife Christine, Virginia McShane and her husband Joseph. Cherished uncle of Kathleen & Christopher, Christopher & Nicole, Jennifer, Sean, Joseph & Erin and Thomas. Loving great uncle of Vaughn, and Danielle.

Don was always a gentleman, with a big heart and laugh to match… his great ability to connect with both adults and children, was based on his warmth, humor, welcoming and acceptance of all who met him. He cherished his family, friends, and parish family, he will be greatly missed.

All are invited to Assemble Wednesday for the celebration of his funeral mass in St. John’s R. C. Church at 11:00 AM. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Mass: June 19, 2019 11:00 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

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  1. As a member of St. Johns parish I knew Donald for over forty years. Back in 1973 when I became a member of the choir and played guitar Donald was a driving force for perfection. my wife and I will miss him dearly. The sorrow will pass but the love and memories of Donald will live on forever.

    William and Elizabeth Kuhl

  2. I remember when Don first became part of St. John's. We have shared many laughs with over the years – as members of the Parish Council, the various ministry functions – Advent Vespers, Lenten Services, Holy Week and Easter Masses and Services, Christmas Masses and all the special Liturgies – First Holy Communions, Confirmations, Marriages and Funerals of my dear friends and family members, and of course, the Theater Ministry – America Sounds Its Music Show, in particular. I will miss his quick wit, asking me if his tie matched his shirt, his big welcoming heart and his beautiful music. Don, you will live on in our hearts, but will be sorely missed by all of us who loved you – for “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…”(Irving Berlin)

  3. As a parishnor at St John’s I have had the honor of knowing Don for over 35 years. His gentle calming voice will remain with me forever. May God welcome Don to His choir of angels.

  4. A Person with a very kind and understanding heart, with ears always ready to listen to every word you say, and with great love for liturgy and music… that’s how I know Don for 11 years. We chatted and laughed through the years but never did I hear a single negative word against anybody coming from the mouth of Don. Such a great person! Thanks for the music… thanks for the company in the ministry at St. John’s. Rest In Peace, My dear friend.

  5. My sincerest sympathy to Don's Family.
    Don was a very special person who touched so many of our lives
    in so many special ways. I am blessed for having him for a special friend.
    Don, you are now safe in the arms of Jesus.

  6. Simply put – Don was a cherished member of the St. John's Community and a dear friend. I am blessed to have so many memories of our times together from singing at church to the glorious Mahler's Rersurrection Symphony at Julliard. I will be listening to the 5th movement in your memory praying that you are being welcomed into a place where there is no pain and suffering. I will miss you dearly.

    5th Movement Mahler's Resurrection Symphony:
    Rise again, yes, rise again,
    Will you My dust,
    After a brief rest!
    Immortal life! Immortal life
    Will He who called you, give you.

    To bloom again were you sown!
    The Lord of the harvest goes
    And gathers in, like sheaves,
    Us together, who died.

    O believe, my heart, O believe:
    Nothing to you is lost!
    Yours is, yes yours, is what you desired
    Yours, what you have loved
    What you have fought for!

    O believe,
    You were not born for nothing!
    Have not for nothing, lived, suffered!

    What was created
    Must perish,
    What perished, rise again!
    Cease from trembling!
    Prepare yourself to live!

    O Pain, You piercer of all things,
    From you, I have been wrested!
    O Death, You conqueror of all things,
    Now, are you conquered!

    With wings which I have won for myself,
    In love's fierce striving,
    I shall soar upwards
    To the light which no eye has penetrated!

    Die shall I in order to live.
    Rise again, yes, rise again,
    Will you, my heart, in an instant!
    That for which you suffered,
    To God shall it carry you!

  7. Condolences to Don's family. Don was a wonderful person, with a voice I will never forget. We at St. John's were blessed to have him for many years.

  8. I have known Don for over 40 years and was privileged to be his friend and a member of his choir. Don was an incredible teacher and was always ready with a compliment. He had a genuine interest in our family and always made us feel special. Don, I was not prepared to say goodbye, but I will now continue my friendship with you in heaven. St. John’s will never be the same without you. Please remember the Kent family to Jesus! Miss you for now…..Mary Ann

  9. Mary Ann and I have known Don for 40 years. He was always warm and friendly to everyone and showed a genuine interest in our family. What impressed me most was his years of dedication to St John's music ministry and the talent he brought to it. We know his years of faithful service to the Lord will be greatly rewarded in Heaven. God Bless you Don. We will miss you. Art

  10. Please be encouraged:

    And I have hope toward God,..that there is going to be a resurrection

    Acts 24:15

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