Friday, June 18, 2021
Maureen Rooney Kramer, 77, of Middletown, RI passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 14, 2021, at home.
She was born in Newport, RI on May 21, 1944, the eldest of 5 children to E. Patrick and Elizabeth O’Connell Rooney.
Formerly from Dromod, County Leitrim, Ireland, she lived her dreams with her 30 year predeceased husband Robert “Bob” Kramer on their beloved barge “Mairin” with their Irish rescue dog Alf.
Maureen graduated from Elmhurst Academy in Portsmouth and Dunbarton College in Washington, DC with a Fine Arts degree. She retired as a Reference Librarian after working at Providence Public Library, Newport Public Library, St. George School Library and Rogers Free Library in Bristol, RI.
Maureen was an avid reader, book, film and theater critic, and lover of the arts. She loved to collect special paintings that reminded her of the work boats in Ireland and her countryside as well as her grandfather’s Castle Hill JT O’Connell in Newport.
Maureen is survived by her stepdaughter Chelsea Kramer of Warwick RI, and her siblings Patrick (Pam) and Liz (Stephen} Prime of Middletown RI, Kathy Rooney of Portland, OR, Meg Rooney (Ann) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and her constant canine companion Alf. She is also survived by her nephews Keegan Rooney, Sean Rooney, Nick Prime and nieces Kate Rooney and Kiley Prime as well as 6 special grandnephews and grandnieces. In addition, she will be sadly missed. to her lifelong friends Jane Dwyer and Pam Hightower of Middletown and the many dear friends she left in Ireland.
As she wished, there will be no official funeral service, but a memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the RI Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907.