Loretta June Strauss, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Strauss and four of her five children; Neil (Judy) Strauss, Brian (Cheryl) Strauss, Kathy (Ralph) Korner and Karla (Gerrit) Vermeer. She was predeceased by her daughter Lynnetta. She was blessed with nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews – all who brought sunshine and joy to her life. She often celebrated God’s faithfulness towards her family and saw her loving legacy bloom in front of her.
Loretta was born June 19, 1933 in Odessa, Washington. She loved growing up as a farm girl. She was predeceased by her parents Adam and Lydia Roth, sisters Elsa (Walt) Tanke, Martha (Perc) Henkleman, brothers Bob (Evelyn) Roth and Delbert (Marj) Roth and brother-in-law Wes Henkleman. She is survived by her sister Ruby Henkleman in Oregon and sister-in-law Ella Binder in B.C.
Loretta accepted Jesus at a young age and was baptized at Odessa Baptist Church. After graduating from Marlin High School she moved to Edmonton to attend Christian Training Institute (CTI). It was here she met and married Henry Strauss in 1953. They worked in Edmonton for one year, then moved to a farm in the Sandy Point where Loretta helped Henry develop their farming enterprise for 25 years. Loretta and Henry lovingly raised their family on the farm. They were in involved in the Burstall and Hilda communities as active members at Hilda Baptist Church. Loretta joyfully served in ladies, children’s and music ministries. In 1977, they moved to Medicine Hat making Temple Baptist Church the hub of their fellowship and social activities. The Thursday morning Bible study group was a regular commitment and joy to her in recent years.
Loretta enjoyed travelling with Henry. Their trips took them across Canada, many parts of the USA, Africa, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, Panama Canal and Hawaii. In 2012, they moved into a condo in Heritage Heights, where Loretta was involved on the social committee. She was a voracious reader of fact or fiction inspirational books, often sharing tidbits she had learned in loving notes, emails or cheerful phone conversations.
Loretta was a loving and faithful wife to Henry. Her sparkly, supportive approach as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother was priceless to her family. As a ‘chatty’ warm friend, she brightened so many lives around her. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed!
Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held in Temple Baptist Church (606 7th Street SW) on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Bob McGougan officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Prairie View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in her honour, as an expression of sympathy donations may be made to The Gideons (International in Canada) 3123 15th Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8K1 or to Temple Baptist Church Ministries. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Loretta Strauss,