May 9, 2023 at 8:12 p.m.

Rachel A. Kraemer

Rachel A. Kraemer
Rachel A. Kraemer


Rachel A. Kraemer, 45, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, April 26, 2023, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.

A Memorial/Celebration of Life service will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev. Vince Lieser officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 13 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 20, at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview.

Rachel Ann Kraemer was born March 22, 1978, in Melrose, to John and Patricia (Bertram) Kraemer. Rachel attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Melrose, was a member of the Girl Scouts, enjoyed babysitting and working at Nietfeld Farm during the summer. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1996. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University and a Master of Science degree from St. Cloud State University. While attending college, she worked at the St. Cloud Children’s Home and later as a corrections officer for Stearns County. 

Rachel married Aaron Bangasser in 2004, and they became the parents of two wonderful boys, Brady and Andrew. After moving to the Twin Cities metro area, Rachel began working for the State of Minnesota and attending college at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in organization development from St. Thomas in 2010. She worked in various departments with the State of Minnesota, most recently with the Department of Homeland Security in emergency management.

Rachel will  be  remembered for her great strength, courage, endless drive and enthusiasm in everything she did and accomplished. Being a good mother to her boys was one of her highest priorities. She completed many marathons; received the award for Toastmaster of the Year in 2019 and wrote articles that were published. Rachel loved to travel and spend time at the family cabin near Alexandria.  She will be dearly missed by her friends and family. 

Survivors include her sons, Brady and Drew; friend Aaron Bangasser; parents John and Patricia Kraemer; brother Jason Kraemer (Trisha); sister Gina Eggert (Jeff); and nieces and nephews Avery, Maddi, Austin, Jami, Parker and Mila.

Rachel was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Grace Bangasser; grandparents Jack and Mabel Kraemer and Elmer and Vivian Bertram.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.




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