Mary Stratman

Mary Stratman

Monday, November 25th, 1935 Sunday, September 6th, 2020

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Obituary for Mary Theresa Stratman

Mary T. Stratman, 84, long time resident of Arvada and retired secretary of Peck Elementary, passed away September 6, 2020 peacefully at home with her family at her side.
Theresa, as she like to be affectionately called, enjoyed long walks and frequent fellowship with family and friends.
Theresa was born in Indianola, Nebraska to Aloysius and Mary Kummer, November 25, 1935. She was also raised with five older brothers in that same small community. She married Raymond Stratman, the love of her life, on September 24, 1956 in Indianola. Ray preceded her in death on January 4, 2000. In her eyes and in her heart, she continued to be devoted to her loving husband until her own passing.
As newlyweds, Ray and Theresa moved to Colorado in 1956, where Ray started his career as an electrician. Of course, out on their own in a strange town and a tiny apartment it was time to start a family. As their family began to grow, they moved to Arvada where they purchased their first and only house in 1960.
While Ray worked by day to support their young family, Theresa embraced the role of a stay at home mom. She quickly became a wonderfully loving and nurturing mother of three. Raising three boys, she had her hands full and never blinking an eye. And by night, with Ray safely home from work, they enjoyed their time all together as a young family. On their weekends they enjoyed the typical family times as any other family did, however as strangers in a new town they had a thirst for community. They finally quenched that thirst when they discovered the Elks Lodge. There they found guy time for Ray, girl time for Theresa and kid time for their boys.
As the boys grew and were at school all day, Theresa volunteered as an aide in the library at Secrest Elementary School, where she discovered a passion for working with kids and in schools. That discovery led to a long and fulfilling career at Peck Elementary School, first as a part time secretary and later as the full-time principal’s secretary.
As a member of the Elks Ladies, Theresa was devoted to the mission of serving others through charitable works. During her involvement with the Elks, Theresa was honored as a Charity Ball Queen, Elks Ladies President and Lady Elk of the Year.
Theresa loved to spend time in Grandlake, Colorado. First as a family and later just with Ray for some couple’s time as the boys were grown. While in the high-country Theresa enjoyed nature’s awesome wonders. She could hike all day or sit by the river and let the time pass by. Every day in Grandlake was a day of opportunity for Theresa. She would tirelessly search for wildlife she just knew was around the next bend in the trail. Theresa’s favorites were the big boys, the moose.
After Ray passed away Theresa found new and additional ways to explore the outdoors and continue a sense of community. Traveling the country with friends, Theresa fed her love for walking and hiking through Volks Marching. To worship the God she loved and to continue as a servant of others, Theresa was a parishioner of Spirit of Christ Catholic Church and a member of WOWS, a widows and widowers group.
Theresa was not only a loving wife and devoted mother; she was a grandmother, great grandmother, an admired aunt and great aunt.
Theresa was preceded in death by her husband Ray, brothers Harold, James, Donald, Edward and Stanley.
She is survived by her sons Terry, Tim and Todd. She has two daughters in law, Cathy and Kimberly. Theresa also has grandchildren Michelle, Sabrina, Conner and Calum. And she is the great grandmother to Phoenix. Theresa is also survived by her many nieces and nephews.

*Due to covid restrictions the services for Theresa are private and by invitation only. Only a small number of attendees will be allowed to enter the facilities. The family has had a difficult time trying not to exclude anyone who wishes to attend, however that has not been possible.
*Attendees must wear face coverings.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:30 pm at Spirit of Christ Catholic Church 7400 W. 80th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado.
Rite of Committal interment service will be Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:30 pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, Colorado. Staging area: B Shelter number: B

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Spirit of Christ Catholic Church
    7400 W. 80th Avenue
    Arvada, CO
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    Thursday, September 17th, 2020
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    Denver, Colorado
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020

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