Anita Ann Kraemer, 65, of Buchanan, formerly of Charlottesville, passed away on August 6, 2021. Anita was the daughter of Fred L. and Ruth Good Denlinger of Fulks Run, Va., who both survive. Anita is also survived by her husband, Mark Kraemer; daughter, Emily Finoch and husband, Todd, and granddaughter, Ayla Mayfield of Wentzville, Mo.; son, Charles M. Shelton and wife, Nina of New Orleans, La.; and siblings, Dwight Denlinger and wife, Vickie of Weyers Cave, Jerry Denlinger of Broadway, Va., and June Spitzer and husband, Terry of Fulks Run. Anita’s husband, Harry M. Shelton, Jr. preceded her in death on June 9, 2009.
Anita was a 1975 graduate of Turner Ashby High School, Dayton, Va., and attended Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, where she majored in biology. In 1978, Anita completed a certification program at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., and earned her Certified Laboratory Assistant designation. In 2011, Anita earned her B.S. with a concentration in nutrition from Virginia State University, Petersburg, while also working as a lab assistant. Her observation skills were essential in identifying the plant pollen collected by a native species of solitary bees in apple orchards.
Anita had a zest for life and all things living, from beekeeping, to her backyard chickens, to the stray cat that was soon allowed inside, to all the curious life in and around the creek that ran behind their Botetourt County Farm. Anita spent winter hours planning next year’s garden with new varieties and layouts. Excess eggs and veggies were donated to the local food bank. Supporting our local community was important.
Anita was always researching her next project including herb drying, food preserving, calligraphy, poem writing, bookmaking, sewing, crocheting, or creating a treasure out of items that most would have discarded. The more rust the better. She took great pride in her unique creations that showcased her many talents. She loved nature and was always quick to spot the solitary wildflower or toadstool.
Although most of Anita’s career centered around the medical field, her true passion and inspiration came when experimenting, creating, and baking the perfect recipe that was not only delicious, but was healthy, and had potential healing qualities. Anita had many culinary claims to fame, but pies were her forte. Anita had a long-time dream of being a businesswoman. She was preparing to start a business to share her baking expertise with others.
On November 27, 2021, all of Anita’s immediate family and nieces and nephews met at their Botetourt County Farm to celebrate her life and share in the spreading of her ashes. She is greatly missed by all.