Cheryl Rae Kramer Ham

Born in Osage, Iowa on October 4, 1957

Departed on March 17, 2017 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Cheryl Rae (Kramer) Ham, 59, Gallatin, TN, peacefully passed from this life on March 17, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer.


Cheryl was born on October 4, 1957 in Adams, MN to Kenneth and Lorraine (Retterath) Kramer. Cheryl graduated from Southland High School in Adams, in 1975. She went on to earn a Medical Secretary degree from Rochester Vocational Institute in Rochester, MN. After college, she worked with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, later transferring to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1987, she moved to Nashville TN, to work with The Center for Urological Treatment and Research and then with PhyMed (AMG Pain Management).


On September 29, 1995, Cheryl married Kenneth E. Ham, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Nashville. They resided in Nashville before moving to their current home in Gallatin, TN.


Cheryl was a loving wife, step-mom, nana, and friend to many. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She most enjoyed traveling with her husband to the mountains and her extended family on their annual beach vacation. Cheryl was active in her community, serving as a life guard at the Adams Municipal swimming pool while in high school.  She continued as a servant in her community as an active volunteer at St. Ann’s Church in West Nashville.


Faith was a focal point in Cheryl’s life. To everyone, Cheryl brought the blessings of joy and kindness. Her heart had space for all. She is dearly loved and will be missed by all.


She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ham, Gallatin, TN; father, Kenneth Kramer, Adams, MN; step-daughter, Jinger (Ray) Rainwater, Bethpage, TN; brother, Randy (Wendy) Kramer, Austin, MN; grandchildren, Kyle, Nick (Alison), Bryce, and Courtney Rainwater, Brittney and Kayla Toney; great grandchildren, Lauren, Natalie and Sam Rainwater, Grayson Pope; and nephews, Jacob and Brady Kramer.


She is preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine R. Kramer.


Visitation Services will be held on Tuesday, March 21st, 3:00-8:00 p.m., at Crestview Funeral Home, 1623 HWY 109 N, Gallatin, beginning with a Rosary Service at 2:30 p.m.  She will lie in repose at the church, one hour before the service.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1729 Stop 30 Rd., Hendersonville, TN, on Wednesday, March 22nd, at 11:00 a.m., with interment at Crestview Memory Gardens, Gallatin.


The family would like to give special thanks to Alive Hospice, Madison TN for the help and compassion shown to her and our family.


In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her name to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Adams, MN.


Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin (615)452-1943

10 Comments to Mrs. Cheryl Rae Kramer Ham

  1. Lori Mullenbach and Family
    March 19, 2017 8:02 pm

    God Bless Cheryl and her family from home and a far. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs from MN.

  2. Liz Schik
    March 20, 2017 7:50 am

    Aunt Liz Schik Many quiet tears, fun memories and prayers have been said for Cheryl and you Kenny and Ginger and family. It was so great to get to know you at the Retterath family reunion and Lorraines funeral. She was blessed with great family in TN and in MN. May we all try to emulate her caring spirit.

  3. Donna Braniff
    March 20, 2017 7:55 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family,
    Donna and John Braniff

  4. Audrey (Hemann) Barker
    March 20, 2017 9:26 am

    Oh the memories I cherish from our Rochester days will never be forgotten. You always had a smile on. Rest In Peace my friend!!!

  5. John & Bernice ( King) Horn
    March 20, 2017 4:57 pm

    Prayers for Cheryl ,Ken & Family & also Ken Kramer, Randy & Family, and the Retterath Family. May God give you Strength & Peace at this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers. Cherish the memories of Cheryl.

    Love & Prayers

  6. Chuck & Evelyn Bimberg
    March 20, 2017 6:37 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the Ham Family, Ken and Randy Kramer and the entire Retterath Families on such a great loss. Cheryl will be missed…remember her courage and the good times. God’s Blessings to you all.

  7. Susan O'Leary and Shay Enzweiler
    March 20, 2017 8:32 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our deepest sympathy…
    Love and prayers

  8. Irene Mullenbach
    March 20, 2017 9:21 pm

    Sympathy and prayers for the Ham family and to Kenenth Kramer and family. May you find God’s love and peace in your lose.

  9. Wally and Terry Watson
    March 20, 2017 10:50 pm

    Niece Cheryl’s smile was contagious to everyone around her and her thoughtfulness and kindness to all will always be in my memory. Her family in MN was fortunate to meet some of her family in TN Let’s all remember all the memories she left us as difficult as this sad time is. Know that Wally and I would love to be there. Love and hugs to all.

  10. Linda Cantrell
    March 22, 2017 8:20 am

    I worked with Cheryl for many years at AMG PHYMED. She was a lovely person. It was a joy to have known her. Thoughts and prayers for her family. Linda Cantrell

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