Obituary of Orlene Chrismer
Orlene “Chris” (Kringel) Chrismer, a native of Eagle River, Wisconsin and long-time resident of Syracuse, passed away peacefully at home on July 10, 2019.
Born in 1931 to Hubert and Elsie Kringel, Chris grew up learning the value of hard work, lasting friendships, and helping those less fortunate than herself. She attended Whitewater State Teachers College on a full scholarship and then moved to Chicago where she worked at GMAC Credit Corporation on Michigan Avenue. Chris then ventured east, taking a position at Stover, Butler & Murphy (now KPMG) where she met her husband Henry (deceased). After marrying, she devoted her energies to raising her children and being active in the Ladies Comstock Club. Later, Chris re-entered the workforce and took a position with Stevens Office Interiors where she worked 24 years until her retirement. She remained strong and tenacious, and as a result, was a proud survivor of two bouts of cancer.
Chris enjoyed a good laugh. In fact, as a loving mother and a doting grandmother, Chris could often be seen playing and having fun right along with the kids in her backyard. Her boundless energy and creativity left an indelible mark on her children and their friends. Chris’ kitchen was filled with the proof of her extraordinary cooking and baking skills, and was well known for her famous apple pie. She was an avid fan of Syracuse University basketball and the Green Bay Packers, cheering on her teams through good seasons and bad. Chris cherished her deep lifelong friendships, particularly those made with her classmates from Eagle River.
She is survived by her children, Kathy of Paxton, MA (Steve Crowe); David (Lori) of Atlanta, GA and Karen (Tim) Hogan of Liverpool, NY; grandchildren, Natalie, Jack, Margo and Ben; brother, Larry (Cynni) Kringel of Sheboygan, WI; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceasing her were her brother, Robert Kringel; and sisters Ione Lumley, Laverne Penoyer and Diane Kringel.
In lieu of flowers Memorial gifts may be made to Family Tapestry, PO Box 402, Syracuse, NY 13211 or the Rescue Mission.
Calling hours are Tuesday 5-7 pm at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. Services will be private.