NEW ULM - With a smile on her face amid Lorie Line's piano music, Lillian Strate, 85, of New Ulm, died peacefully Saturday, September 1, 2012, at her family lake home in Paynesville where she resided in the summer months. Lil waited to fly with the angels into God's light for the blue moon and the presence of her loving children.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Rev. Grant T. Bode officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Schmucker Funeral Service of New Ulm is handling the arrangements. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Disease Research.
Lillian Elaine Fenske, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (Lueck) Fenske, was born May 9, 1927 in Linden Township where she spent her youth and attended country school. While working at the New Ulm Telephone Company she met the apple of her eye Willus "Bibs" Strate and was united in marriage March 9, 1948 in the Little Brown Church in Iowa. They resided in New Ulm, where she worked at Eibners and later 3M. Her husband preceded her in death on March 2, 2002. Lil was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. She loved her card club and cribbage prowess, often getting the BIG hands. She loved to cook her German cuisine and had a nose for sniffing out morel mushrooms. You could often find her sitting on the dock fishing, watching the clouds, birds and listening to the loons.
Survivors include her children, Willus "Chuck" Strate (Gale) of Elkhorn, WI, Joanne Strate of Minnetonka, James Strate (Pattie) of New Ulm; brother, Elmer Fenske (Karen) of New Ulm; grandchildren, Josef Strate of Milford, CT, Michael Strate of Seattle, WA; great-grandchildren, Maddie Lou, Wyatt, Sydney, Samual, Blaise; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by Herbert and Elmira in infancy; brother Carl Fenske; and sisters, Mildred Pherson, Clara Hall, and Irene Miller.
Bibs has his Lilly back!