Angela Wolter, who always said she left part of her heart in St. Maurice, when she moved to Cincinnati before World War II as a newlywed, passed away April 25, 2014, at West Park Retirement Center. She was 105.
Her husband Edward died in 1997. The couple had no children, but they were like doting parents to dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Born Angela Kramer March 3, 1909, in Cincinnati to Frank and Mary Meymann Kramer, she grew up in St. Maurice, where her father was the village merchant. She had two older sisters, Alvina (Berkemeier) and Loretta (Thiesing), and three younger brothers, Bernard, Raymond and Joseph.
Her extraordinary memory of the events and circumstances of her long life seemed to sharpen with age.
Denied a high school education because of a hearing disorder, she said she often ran the Kramer General Store in St. Maurice by herself. "This was in the 20s and 30s. Dad had a huckster route. I was the oldest Kramer still at home. So I got the job," she explained. The Kramers lived above the store until it was sold to the Walpe family in 1936.
Asked at a 100th birthday party how she learned to drive, she said, "I was maybe 11 or 12. A lady drove a Model T in for a sack of grain. I told her where to back the car. She said she didn't know how. So I got in, fiddled around, finally found reverse. Back, I went. I killed the engine when the car hit the dock. The lady got mad. She thought I"d broken her car. So, I learned a lot that day."
An avid Cincinnati Reds fan from the team's Crosley Field days, she seldom minced words about its ups and downs. Asked recently what she thought of new Reds manager Byran Price, she was typically direct. "He's an improvement over Dusty, but compared to Sparky, he's so young," she said of the 51-year-old.