On Thursday, April 1, 2021, Elizabeth (Kamrad) Stemmler, wife of Fredrich Stemmler, predeceased in 2004, and mother of Thomas Stemmler and Kathleen (Stemmler) DeRienzo, passed away at the age of 92 in her home.
Elizabeth was born on June 19, 1928 in Oberglogau Germany to the late Josef and Anna Kamrad. Elizabeth was the youngest and had two siblings, Paul Kamrad, currently 96 and living in Hamburg Germany, and Gertrud Kamrad, predeceased.
Elizabeth was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren - Samantha Stemmler, Matthew DeRienzo, Christopher DeRienzo, Michael DeRienzo, and Liam Stemmler. They all called her “Oma” (Grandma in German).
Elizabeth fled her small town of Oberglogau when she was just a teenager, after the Russians moved into Germany during World War II. She and the rest of her family eventually all met and built there next home in Hamburg, Germany. A few years later, she met her future husband, Fredrich Stemmler from Bad Segeberg, Germany. Soon after marrying and the end of World War II, the two left to make their new home in America. They first travelled to Idaho, where Elizabeth’s aunt lived. Soon after their first child, Thomas, was born, they moved to New York where they eventually started their own wholesale florist business. They were both very proud of their accomplishments and loved their new home and country so much, that they both became legal citizens of the United States of America. Elizabeth’s children, Thomas Stemmler and his wife Brooke reside in Bayport, NY, and Kathleen (Stemmler) DeRienzo and her husband Thomas reside in Southbury, CT.
Elizabeth worked almost her entire life either at their wholesale florist business or eventually at Daisy Gardens, her son's nursery business. It really wasn’t until the last two years that her dementia began creeping in and then almost a year ago she had a mild stroke, which sadly limited her ability to communicate as much as she may have wanted. Elizabeth was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and would do anything she could for her children and grandchildren. She lived a wonderful, long life and was able to live her entire life in her home in Blue Point, NY.
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