Angeline Bernice (Burke) Kalmer, 87, of Bemidji, MN died peacefully, of natural causes on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and went home to the Lord, with her husband and sons at her side.
A Celebration of Life will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji with Pastor Kent Dudley officiating. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji.
Born in Bemidji, MN on October 6, 1931 to George and Clara (Bakke) Burke, Angie attended Carr Lake Elementary School, graduated from Bemidji High School (1948), graduated from Bemidji State Teachers College (1952), and attended the University of Minnesota (1957). In addition, Angie also attended the Red Cross National Aquatic School in Denton, TX, became an avid golfer, and loved sailing her sailboat. Directly after graduation from BSTC, Angie taught physical education and swimming at Keewatin High School in Keewatin, MN. Then in 1955 Angie accepted a position as a recreation director with US Army Special Services in Germany. While in Germany, Angie traveled extensively, added downhill skiing to her list of things to do, and made a point to visit communist-controlled East Berlin. In 1959 Angie accepted a position as a teacher in the US Army Overseas Dependent Schools in Verona, Italy. While in Italy she traveled extensively, touring Italy, Crete, Egypt, Israel, and Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem to see the Wailing Wall and walk the Via Dolorosa, before returning to Minnesota in 1960. Upon her return, Angie taught in the Robbinsdale School District, Robbinsdale, MN. Then in 1962 Angie moved out to California and taught at Merced Central High School, in Merced, and Seaside High School in Monterey, California. While in Merced, Angie met William (Bill) Kalmer in 1963, and the two were married in October 26 of that year. In 1968 Angie and William returned to Minnesota with their two sons. Also in that year Angie accepted a teaching position at Clearbrook High School, Clearbrook, MN, until 1972. After Clearbrook, Angie lived in Bemidji, Hallock, and St. Peter, MN, and while in St. Peter attended Mankato State University, and earned a Masters Degree in special education (1981). Upon her return to her beloved Bemidji, and retirement from teaching, Angie spent her time with her family, enjoying golfing, skiing in the Rocky Mountains, biking, gardening, and traveling across the United States.
She leaves behind her husband, William and son Tyler of Bemidji, son Tim and wife Leslie, and granddaughters Kamila and Zoe, of Roseville, CA and five nephews and a niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Burke in 1946, her sister Mary (Burke) Helm in 1977, and her brother George Burke Jr. in 2006.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 263, Bemidji, MN 56619.
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