Obituary – Darlene D. Stratman

WYNOT — Darlene D. Stratman, 73, Wynot, died March 27, 2012, at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were March 30 at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, and continued one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 31 at the Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating.
Burial was in the Sts. Philip and James Cemetery, St. James.

Honorary pallbearers were Rose Koch, Mavis Koch, Norma Foster, Janice Novak, Kathy Heimes, Maxine Tanderup, Mary Ann Jansen, Marcella Bruning, Irene Jacobs, Marlene Eskens and Connie Kiefer.
Pallbearers were Chris Stratman, Dominic Stratman, Neil Stratman, Brady Stratman, Cody Stratman and Jeremy Thunker.
The Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, was in charge of arrangements.
Darlene was born April 23, 1938, at home on a farm northeast of Crofton to Emil T. and Velma D. (Bartz) Tramp. She attended District 87 Country School and graduated from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Elementary School, Crofton. She married Edgar H. Stratman, Jr., Sept. 13, 1955, at Crofton. They had five children. They lived on a farm in the Hartington area before moving to a home east of Wynot. She received her GED in 1976 and worked at Gurney’s, Dale Electronics, Sr. James Nursing Home, the Human Service Center and Wal-Mart, all in Yankton, S.D.
She was a former member of the Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church, St. James, and was a current member of the Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church and Altar Society, both in Wynot and St. James, and the Christian Mothers.
She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, feeding the birds and camping. She especially loved spending time with her family and the grandkids.
Darlene is survived by five children and their spouses, Lori and David Gates, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Randy Stratman, Wynot; Mark and Judy Stratman, Hartington; Gary Stratman, Wynot; Karen and Jay Heimes, Wynot; four grandchildren, Brady and Cody Stratman and Karley and Justin Heimes; two sisters and husbands, Lynette and Al Onions, Vancouver, Wash., and Sandy and Bob Thunker, Gainesville, Va; a brother and wife, Kim and Penne Tramp, Clayton, N.C.; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Stamm, Cornelius, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Alvina Crawford and Linda Stamm; and two brothers, Merlyn and Dennis Tramp.