John and Elaine Cramer are staying optimistic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
John and Elaine Cramer are staying optimistic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DIXON – “They’re just about the two nicest people in the world.”

That’s how Dixon Rural Firefighter and local business owner Josh Tucker describes John and Elaine Cramer, a 99-year-old couple who live down the road in rural Dixon.

It’s a big year for the Cramers, and the coronavirus is likely to put a hitch in their plans.

John’s 100th birthday is in June, and they were planning to throw a party with relatives coming from different areas. Later this year, they’ll also celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary in August, and Elaine’s 100th is in December.

“It’s just mind boggling; we don’t know how long it’s going to last,” she said.

They’ve been staying at home and had friends and family reach out to see if they need anything. Their son, John Jr., brought them some books during a visit from Southern Illinois and they also had a recent visit from their daughter Susie Rocheleau from Chicago.

There’s also Tucker, owner of Tucker Painting who’s been with Dixon Rural for 17 years, who stops by to check on them often and plows their driveway in the winter.

“People have been very good to us,” Elaine said.

It’s the neighborly thing to do, especially with the coronavirus spread where the elderly and sick are most at risk, Tucker said.

“I tell them to stay home and that if they need anything from the store, I’ll get it for them,” he said. “It’s important that the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions stay out of the public. They don’t fare the best for it.”

The Cramers hope there will be an end to the situation soon and they can continue with their plans for a special year. In the mean time, they have people looking out for them.

“We’re well cared for.”

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