Kimberly Kramer, a devoted mother, loving wife, and loyal community member, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 23 at 9:35 a.m. She was surrounded by her mother, three children, and husband of 37 years.

Kim was a local girl through and through – with a rich Italian heritage and Hungarian roots. Born in Eureka on December 20, 1962, to her beloved mother, Lorene “Renie” Luster, she attended Worthington Elementary, Zane Junior High, and graduated from Eureka High School in 1981. Kim spent her formative years active in the community, embarking on a newspaper route at age 5 and working at Globe Imports and Redwood Motors in her teenage years. During childhood, Kim’s active involvement in 4-H led to awards for her sewing and baking skills.

Kim met the love of her life and, according to her, the “cutest boy in the 7th grade,” Kurt G. Kramer, while attending Zane in 1976, and they would spend the next 47 years together. The couple were crowned Eureka High Senior Prom King and Queen in the spring of 1981.

After she attended College of the Redwoods and Sacramento State University for college, Kurt convinced Kim to move back to Eureka to purchase and operate Le Croissant Bakery in Henderson Center, and thus began their many years of business ventures.

Kim and Kurt were married on October 18, 1986, at St. Bernard’s Church in Eureka. The couple spent the following years building a life together - working hand in hand for 4 decades building Kramer Investment Corporation, and raising their 3 daughters: Kate, Laura, and Megan.

Kim and Kurt loved to travel and explore. They split their time between Trinity Lake in the summers and Rancho Mirage in the winters, and loved going to places from Italy to Hawaii and everywhere in between. Most recently they found a lot of joy traveling the country in the RV customized for all Kim’s needs. Whether it was reuniting with family, childhood friends, John Hill Road Crew, Pinky Chicks, Thunderbird Family, or fostering connections with countless other friends along the way, each encounter were cherished memories.

As we mourn Kim’s passing, we celebrate the beautiful life she lived, and her resilient, positivity and fighting spirit. Her generosity, kindness, and unwavering love will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends and have a lasting impact on her beloved community.

Kim is survived by her mother, Lorene Luster; her husband, Kurt Kramer; and her daughters and their spouses: Kathleen & Brett Arendt, Laura & Travis Green, and Megan & Jairo Salas. She also leaves behind five, soon to be six, grandsons, who she doted on for the last seven years: Hudson Arendt (7), Noah Arendt (5), Aiden Green (3), Ryder Arendt (2), Brooks Green (1), and baby boy Salas due in November.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Baywood Golf and Country Club. In remembrance of Kim and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Kim’s name to Tisch MS Research Center of New York (, which is working toward finding a cure for MS under the leadership of Kim’s doctor, Dr. Saud Sadiq or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( For a local option, please consider the Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation.


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