Ellen Kay Kremkus

May 19, 1942September 17, 2022
Obituary of Ellen Kay Kremkus
Ellen Kremkus passed away peacefully on September 17, 2022 in San Marcos, Texas. She was born on May 19, 1942, in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of a United Methodist Pastor. Ellen earned a Bachelor or Arts in Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Germanic Studies from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School in 1970. Ellen began her career as a teacher, and in 1966, she joined the Teaching Aid Project sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation of Germany for the development of improved German language instruction in the United States. Ellen married Dr. Manfred Kremkus on August 8, 1970. Ellen was both a scholar and a teacher at her core. She maintained a youthful spirit and academic curiosity throughout her life, and in particular she was drawn to deep ponderings on subjects including history, religion, and world cultures. Her many artistic and creative talents included writing poetry, sketching, cooking delicious meals for her family, and playing the trombone as a high school student. Growing up in relative poverty, Ellen prided herself on self-sufficiency, frugality, inventiveness, and being able to build and make things work with whatever she had on hand. Ellen loved gardening and growing her own food, and she was known to have tools close at hand (including power tools) even up until her final days. In her retirement, Ellen enjoyed escaping the Texas heat to spend summers in the Colorado rockies. In her local community, she found meaning and fulfillment participating in study groups including Women of Wisdom, Butterflies, and bible study, where she loved to discuss and debate her ideas while connecting with others through learning, listening and sharing. In fact, she often wasted little time with small talk, and was always looking to bond with people to hear their thoughts on any number of profound topics. Ellen and her husband were longtime members of the First Christian Church of San Marcos. Ellen was tough. She recovered from a major stroke in 2017 and was a two-time cancer survivor. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother (or Gram-E as she preferred to be called), and friend to many, Ellen will be dearly missed. She is survived by her brother, Jon Foltz, son, Mark Kremkus, daughter-in-law, Erin Brackney Kremkus and granddaughters, Ivy and Aurora Kremkus, whom she adored. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Pepper. Ellen joins in death her beloved mother, Katie and her father, Carfon. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Ellen can be made to The American Brain Foundation.

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