Meet Your Neighbor: After retiring from MyMichigan Health, Kramer helps ‘Save the Chimps’

Meet Your Neighbor: After retiring from MyMichigan Health, Kramer helps ‘Save the Chimps’

Julie Kramer, 57, lives in Midland with her husband, Greg. They’ve been married for 34 years. They met at Delta College when she was a student, and he was in the police academy.

They have four children: Charlie, married to Holly, Jake, married to Sarah, Catie, engaged to be married to Mitchell this September, and Kirk. Charlie and Holly are expecting their first child in September.

Julie was born in Speedway, Indiana, and later moved to Midland. She attended elementary school in Bullock Creek and then her family moved to Essexville. She graduated from Essexville Garber High School and earned an associate’s degree in business studies and medical secretary science at Delta College.

Greg retired as a detective lieutenant from the City of Midland Police Department and is now the manager of a durable medical equipment warehouse for CareLinc.

How long have you lived in the Midland? I moved back to Midland after I met Greg, so 35 years.

What is your profession and why? I now work as a gift processing specialist for Save the Chimps, located in Fort Pierce, Florida but I work remotely. (Save the Chimps is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world whose mission is to provide refuge and exemplary care to chimpanzees in need.)

I was the donor database assistant for the MyMichigan Health Foundation. I retired Feb. 7. I bopped around a few jobs for the hospital, working for 15 years with the database. I liked the busy work of data entry. I could see the work I was doing and its impact when the hospital was growing.

And, working with the chimps, I can take care of them even though I’m so far away.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? Traveling as best as we can. We like to go on cruises. We like to bike ride. Put 500 miles on our e-bikes last year, just bopping around town.

What are your favorite things to do in Midland? Softball. I played for decades. We like to go downtown, ride our bikes there and have dinner. Walking through City Forest.

What do you enjoy about living in the community? I think we have the most beautiful town. I like the baseball team. Dow Gardens. We just have a beautiful city. It’s my home.

What is a message you’d like to give the community?  Look after one another and help one another. I think you can’t have enough of that.

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