Rowena Palmer Kratzer

Rowena Palmer Kratzer, formerly of North Fork, died Dec. 3, 2014. She was born Jan. 5, 1922, to Laura and Richard L. Palmer in West Campton, N.H., and was a 1939 graduate of Plymouth High School and a 1948 graduate of Whittier College.

During World War II, Mrs. Kratzer worked in Richland, Wash., at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where she met her future husband, Herbert. The couple moved to North Fork in 1964, and she worked as the secretary/office manager for the North Fork Union School District (which later became the Chawanakee Unified School District) from 1969 to 1986, when she retired. Also, from the 1950s to the 1970s, the couple ranched chinchillas. For 48 years, Mrs. Kratzer was involved with Grace Community Church in North Fork, before moving to New Jersey.

She is preceded in death by her younger brother Richard A. Palmer, (Elsie’s twin), and her husband.

Mrs. Kratzer is survived by her daughter Emily of Washington Township, N.J., and son David of Los Alamos, N.M., son-in-law Fred Voss and daughter-in-law Lisa Kratzer; grandchildren William Russell and Alex Voss; Danny Kratzer, Ruth K. Jessup (Paul), and Sarah K. Pickle (Nathan); great-grandchild Malachi Jessup; her sisters Bertha Palmer Flanders and Elsie Palmer Baxendale; nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-law Martha Kratzer Dawson.

She donated her body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., so that medical students could become better caregivers. Donations in her memory can be made to Grace Community Church, P.O. Box 193, North Fork, Calif. 93643; or to Whittier College, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 634, Whittier, Ca. 90608-0634;

The family is planning a memorial service in 2015.