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Loretta Marie Stramel

Published on -9/12/2012, 9:30 AM

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Memorial Mass for longtime Cortez, Colo., resident Loretta Marie Stramel will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez. The Rev. Pat Valdez will officiate. Inurnment will take place at Summit Ridge Cemetery in Dolores, Colo., at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 15.

Rosary services have been scheduled for Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

Loretta was born September 30, 1928, in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., the daughter of George H. and Mary C. (Holdforth) Baalman. She passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Vista Grande Inn at the age of 83.

Loretta attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. She then married Eugene Stramel in Grinnell, Kan., on May 31, 1949. Loretta was very true to her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez, and she belonged to Daughters of Isabella in Grinnell, Kan., for 65 years. Loretta spent many years teaching and giving back to children through her leadership in Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts. In her free time, Loretta enjoyed a large variety of crafts. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, painting, quilting and ceramics were some activities she took pride in completing. Loretta spent the last couple years of her life at Madison House. The staff and residents there brought her life much joy.

Surviving Loretta are her children, Mary Ann Dew and husband, Maurice, of Fort Worth, Tex., Phillip Stramel and wife, Trudy, of Hayward, Calif., Denise Stramel and Keith Buderus, of Pinewood Springs, Colo., John Stramel and wife, Stacy, of Cortez, Rita Stramel, of Cortez, and Walter Stramel and wife, Christine of Cortez. Loretta also leaves behind her grandchildren, Kevin Stramel and wife, Annette, of Saugerties, N.Y., Brian Stramel and wife, Rachel, of Cornelius, Ore., Andrew Stramel, of Studio City, Calif., Jay Stramel, of Broomfield, Colo., Eric Stramel, of Cortez, Erik Buderus and wife, Mandy, of Hastings, Neb., and Lyndsey Buderus, of Denver, Colo.; and her great-grandchildren, Nicholas Stramel, of Saugerties, N.Y., Grace, Rebekah and Samuel Stramel, of Cornelius, Ore., and Manon Buderus, of Hastings, Neb. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; by her beloved husband, Eugene Stramel in August 2010; and by her sister, Delores Fortin.

Memorial contributions may be made in Loretta's name to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.

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