Marshall Rael Kramer, a shoe salesman since his teens, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at The Piedmont in Atlanta. He was 81.
Beloved husband for 53 years of Lynda S. Kramer, whom he met and married in their hometown of Chicago; loving father to Staci D. Kramer (Edward Kohn) of University City, Mo., Edward M. Kramer (Edith Kramer) of Maceio, Brazil, Nancy K. Joffre (Steven Joffre) of Atlanta, and S. William Kramer (Julie Kramer) of Dunwoody; adoring grandfather of Sydney Joffre, Erik Kramer, Haley Joffre, Alana Kramer and Aidan Kramer; “Uncle Marshall” to the children of many close friends; and a cherished relative and friend.
Mr. Kramer lived in Memphis, University City, Atlanta, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Boynton Beach as he advanced in the shoe industry. He eventually launched his own women’s fashion shoe company, including the Trivia, Mikala and Alexa Perri labels, often commuting from Florida to Brazil, where the shoes and handbags, sold in major department stores, were made. Mr. Kramer’s salesmanship and his trademark snazzy ties were on full display when he pitched his creations on HSN. He moved back to Atlanta in 2016 to be closer to family.
A philanthropist and fundraiser, Mr. Kramer was dedicated to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and was honored with the organization’s A.A. Bloom Award in 1992. He was active in the Memphis Jewish Federation, leading a mission to Israel with his wife. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox. He also enjoyed cards, golf, Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra and collecting shoe memorabilia.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, Simon Kramer and Marion (Sachar) Kramer Silverman; his sister, Faith; and his stepfather, Leo Silverman.
Sign the online guestbook at dresslerjewishfunerals.com. Memorials may be sent to Two Ten (attention: Marshall R. Kramer memorial) at www.twoten.org/donate. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.