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Sister Theresa (Amelia) Kramps, BVM

Sister Theresa (Amelia) Kramps, BVM died Monday, April 27, 2020, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa.

Virtual Visitation and Funeral Rite of Committal were Monday, May 4, 2020, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sharing of Memories was July 14.

Sister Theresa worked in food service at the Motherhouse in Dubuque, Iowa, and at schools in Clinton, Iowa; Chicago; Saint Paul, Minn.; and Kansas City, Mo. She served as a school resource person in Phoenix; school secretary and elementary teacher in Wichita, Kan.; and Montessori teacher aide, elementary teacher, and computer operator in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born Aug. 31, 1941, in Kansas City, Mo., to George Julius and Isabell (Twenter) Kramps. She entered the BVM congregation on Aug. 2, 1959, from St. Aloysius, Kansas City, Mo. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1962, and final vows on July 16, 1967.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John, Thomas, Joseph, Donald, and Henry Kramps; and sisters Dorothy Aggeler and Adelma Stock. She is survived by sisters Barbara Stock of Chestnutridge, Mo., and Amelia Lee of Lawrence, Kan.; brother-in-law Donald Aggeler of Clifton City, Mo.; sisters-in-law Linda Kramps of Blue Springs, Mo., Judy Kramps of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Judy Kramps of Olathe, Kan.; nieces; nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 60 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

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This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Theresa was a very special person, loved by all of us who entered the BVMs with her in 1959. I have a pair of the lovely hotpads she created and always think of her when I use them. May she rest in God’s peace!

  2. As a novice I worked in the Sewing Room. Sister Theresa assisted Sister Mary Eudora and she instructed all of us as to what we were to do. She always had a ready smile and a great sense of humor. Sister Theresa always told us that we couldn’t mess up anything, and that it could always be “fixed.” I think that I did a lot of “ripping out.”

  3. Sister T, as she was affectionately called by all the children at Operation Breakthrough, will always be remembered here in the urban core of Kansas City where she worked for many years. Her lap was always available for a child who needed extra TLC. She had an innocence about her that drew children to her. Unilke some of the other grown ups they knew, Sister T was never too busy to admire their school papers or go to their birthday parties. Sister Theresa did not look for recognition or thanks. She seemed truly happy just to serve.

    1. Working with Sister Theresa at operation Breakthrough there was something about her smile, her soft voice her kindness, and her respect for others. She always took time out for others. RIP 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  4. You just blessed so many of us while here on this earth. You made going to Operation Breakthrough fun that’s for sure. From yelling at me to stop running or reminding me Sister Berta is looking for you Chris. The daycare wouldn’t be as successful without people like you Sister Theresa. You did a lot for the center and never wanted recognition or a pat on the back. You did everything that was asked of you out of love! You had the sweetest heart and smile!!! I could count on you to always fix the holes in my pants from playing on the playground or one of my buttons I popped off before Sister Corita yelled at me. This hurts so bad. This one is going to hurt for awhile. I’m sorry I didn’t get to tell you goodbye and thank you for everything you’ve done! I love you so much and I’m going to miss you!!! Thank you for everything you did to help Sister Berta and Corita!!! We need you down here but God needs you more.

    We love you!!!

    Your pal,


  5. Miss Teresa was a good person, she made everybody happy. I enjoyed working with her. I worked with her back in 2000. We are going to miss her. 🙏R.I.P Miss Teresa

  6. Sister T, was the first person I shared an office with at Operation Breakthrough for a couple of years. She was my trainer 😊. We shared great conversations, work & personal. I must say she was a very sweet lady. I used to love going to breakfast with her & a few more of the ladies once a month at IHOP. We called ourselves the breakfast crew. If we didn’t go to IHOP we would go to Sister Liz’s & do a potluck breakfast & just have a good ole time. She loved sewing & I loved getting my pot holders she would make for me. She will be truly missed.❤❤

  7. Sister Theresa was an amazing woman. Me & my family met her at O. B. We love her & her memories are forever cherished & stamped upon our hearts. She’s finally home & always with us in Spirit. We love you Sister Theresa. My last daughter has her middle name.

  8. I am saddened to see of Theresa’s passing. Last July, Theresa, and a friend and I shared breakfast with her at Mount Carmel. One of my duties as a novice in the 60s was in the Bake House, so seeing her was a special part of the Gathering. The bakehouse was a duty that has enriched my life all these years later. Anytime I am moved to bake, bread, in particular, I think of that experience and the love that baking brings in so many areas of life. Thank you, Theresa, for not only passing on your art, but the love that was created in that room. I can still conjure up the aroma as it wafted through the halls …. MaryJo Weaver Larson ’63

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