Kathleen Cramer

Kathleen J. Cramer

Saturday, September 20th, 1952 - Monday, September 16th, 2019
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Kathleen J. “Kathy” Cramer, age 66 years, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away peacefully Monday, September 16, 2019 at her home.

Kathy was born on September 20, 1952 in Granite City, Illinois, the daughter of Donald E. and Dorothy L. (Chrusciel) Cramer. She was married on June 30, 1984 in St. Louis, Mo. to Tim Kniest, who survives of the home.

Kathy was a 1970 graduate of Granite City High School and went on to attend Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. She later realized her passion in life was working with dogs and went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to become a Certified Canine Behaviorist.

Kathy was a national award-winning dog trainer and especially loved working with service dogs. She never looked at dog training as a career and more of her calling. She had an incredible ability to communicate with dogs. Kathy was awarded the National Service Award from the Delta Foundation for her work and one of her trained dogs received the National Service Dog of the Year Award.

She will be remembered for her creativity and enjoyed painting during her free time. She was a producer and cast member in the “World Wide Magazine”; which was St. Louis’ most notorious cable show and ran from 1986 -2001.

She loved to spend time with her husband, Tim, at their vacation home in French Lick, Indinana – known for its lakes and national forests. She also traveled the world with him and cherished trips to England, Canada and Germany.

Survivors include: her loving husband, Tim Kniest; one sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Muhammid (husband Amin) of Columbia, Mo.; two brothers-in-law, William Kniest (wife Katherine) of Grays Lake, Il. and Edward Kniest (wife Rebecca) of Jefferson City, Mo.; and her two beloved schnauzers, Klaus and Speck.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several of her beloved dogs.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 with a Celebration of Life Service following at 2:00 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel. Friends will also be able to visit with Kathy’s family after her service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society of Missouri at 1201 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. 63110 or Hospice Compassus at 600 Monroe Street, Suite 100, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 2:00pm
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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Posted at 10:53am
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Margaret Wilkerson Gehling

Posted at 09:05am
Kathy’s bright personality would light up the room, as you well know! My parents, brothers and I enjoyed many Christmas evenings at the Cramer’s, having been friends of the family for decades. The house would rock with laughter and song, accompanied by guitar, piano, etc. and Squirt Dog would sing a song too.
Kathy and I grew up in church together, learning about God’s eternal love.
May all who were blessed by Kathy’s friendship be blessed with peace.


Laurel Kramer

Posted at 12:04pm
I met Kathy in 1994 because I had adopted a very needy and hyperactive Chesapeake Bay Retriever who was driving me crazy. We continued to be friends since then, but lost touch with each other in the past several years. Kathy was one of the most interesting and knowledgable woman I have ever met, not only about dogs but many things. Many years after our initial meeting for Eli, "the wonder dog with a thousand health problems", she helped me train Sara, my therapy dog, who helped me counsel people in my psychology practice. Kathy never met a dog she didn't know how to talk with, and always was a ready helper when someone needed training help. She ALWAYS said she trained the human and never the dog. So totally true. Our world is less bright without her spirit but "heaven" is full of love and I believe she is romping with ALL her animals and humans who met her with open hearts an arms and licks. AND I believe she is also rockin out with George Harrison and John Lennon.

Gayle Piechocinski (Pick-a-nosy) -Miller

Posted at 07:16pm
Hi everyone. Hello Tim (Stinky). I had the pleasure of filming World Wide Magazine along side Miss Kathy and all the other cast member back in the late 1980s. Kathy was a very sweet and caring person. I never felt
intimidated by her while filming because, in my eyes, she was a pro! I’m so sad to hear she’s passed. She will be in my memory all my days.

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