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Frances Kramer, 91, Fashionista

December 28, 2011
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Frances Sherman Kramer, 91, known for her charitable efforts and expertise in fashion, died Dec. 17, in Tampa, Fla.

Born in West Philadelphia in 1920, the former Frances Sherman married Robert I. Kramer in 1939. The couple was active in charity work, especially with Allied Jewish Appeal and Fight for Sight.

Kramer had a penchant for contemporary fashion. She organized and commented on hundreds of fashion shows for the benefit of various charities in Philadelphia between 1950 and 1985, including a well-known and widely syndicated retrospective of women's clothing styles called "Calvalcade of Fashion." Her expertise landed her a role as the fashion coordinator for The Mike Douglas Show, which was broadcast from Philadelphia, for two years.

After her husband died in 1987, she took over his business, Chatham Acres Nursing Home in Chatham, Pa., and operated the extended-stay nursing care facility until she was 85.

Kramer is survived by daughter Wendy Grant; son David Kramer; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to: the USF Foundation, Inc., c/o USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, 4001 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33613, Attention Holly Lisle.

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