Sunday May 19, 2019
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.
Monday May 20, 2019
11:00 AM
The funeral 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 memory of
Loretta June Strauss
June 19, 1933 - May 14, 2019 - Age 85

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,

Message from Mary Fischer May 15, 2019

Henry and Family, saddened to hear of Loretta’s passing. Many fond memories of times spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mary Fischer and Family

Mary Fischer
Message from Norbert and Cindy Vetter, Kayla Vetter, Joel and Renee Funk May 16, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved wife and mother. She was such a wonderful person, and always had a smile for everyone. She will sure be missed by so many people.

Norbert and Cindy Vetter, Kayla Vetter, Joel and Renee Funk
Message from Len Chambers May 16, 2019

I will our chats during visits with Karla and Gerritt about canning preserves.
Condolences to all who were Blessed to know Loretta, a wonderful delightful lady.

Len Chambers
Message from Florence Mellado May 16, 2019

So sorry to hear the news. Loretta was such fun to be around and she will be missed so much
Heritage Heights will never be the same. My condolences to Henry and family. Praying for you all.

Florence Mellado
Message from Ardis & Dave Tingley (nee Wuerfel) May 17, 2019

Please accept our condolences to you and your family. Although our families go back a long way the only opportunity we had to meet with you and Loretta was when you came to pay your respects when my Mother, Linda Wuerfel passed away. It was much appreciated and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Ardis & Dave Tingley (nee Wuerfel)
Message from Herb and Jana Joujan May 17, 2019

Loretta was truly one of God's special lights with her kindness and ready smile. We are so saddened by her passing and will truly miss her. Our condolences to Henry and family.

Herb and Jana Joujan
Message from Fred & Gwen Funk May 17, 2019

Henry and family, we sympathize with you on the loss of your wife and mother. Loretta was a special person, always seemed like a truly godly woman whom we admired for her consistently friendly smile, sense of fun, and mature attitude about life. May God be your strength and comfort at this time and in the days ahead.

Fred & Gwen Funk
Message from Oekie and Vic Mueller May 18, 2019

To the Strauss Family.

Our condolences to you all. We wish we could be there to be with you during this time. As a young person I was at the Strauss farm frequently and I remember your Mom with fond memories. And in later years, it was always the same - a pleasant encounter when we would visit. Loretto will be missed.

We're praying for you.

Oekie and Vic Mueller
Message from JJANE GRUBEL May 18, 2019

love and prayers go out to HENRY and family in the loss of LORETTA-a special lady who had hugs and smiles for all---with sympathy Jane and family

Message from Margaret and Scott Hennes May 19, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of high school and college youth group meetings at the Strauss home. Mrs. Strauss always was so genuinely happy to see me, was a great listener and interested in everything going on in our lives. And of course there was always that warm, loving Strauss hospitality with plenty of good food!

Margaret and Scott Hennes
Message from Len & Loreen Mezei May 20, 2019

Our condolences to Loretta's family. We were neighbors on Shepherd Cres for many years and always enjoyed our outside chats. Loretta always had a kind word and a cheerful outlook on life. With sympathy Len & Loreen

Len & Loreen Mezei
Message from Perry Friesen May 20, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. Loretta was one of the most positive people I've ever met! And that was joy and positivity rooted in a real relationship with Jesus Christ. I regret that I couldn't be there for the celebration of life. There will be grief of course, because her passing is a loss. But we don't grieve as the world grieves because of the assurance and testimony of Loretta and her relationship with Jesus. I prayed for each family member by name today, and love and bless you all.

Perry Friesen
Message from Nell Roduik & Lori Taylor May 20, 2019

Dear Henry and family. We were very sad to hear about Loretta's passing. Please know that we are both praying for you and that you are ever in our thoughts. We pray that your time together as a family, sharing memories of your wonderful Loretta will bring healing. May you feel the amazing peace that comes from your faith. In kindness, love Nell Roduik and Lori Taylor.

Nell Roduik & Lori Taylor
Message from Floyd Rath May 21, 2019

Henry and family, my deepest sympathies on the loss of Loretta. She always had a smile and an encouraging word for everyone she came across. I know she's beaming now in the presence of her Lord and Savior. May God provide comfort during this time.

Floyd Rath
Message from The Waldemar Weiss family May 21, 2019

Thank you for letting us know of Loretta's passing, Kathy. We know the next while will be very hard for your family , and our prayers will be for comfort and strength to get you through the hard days.

The Waldemar Weiss family
Message from Tom and Kathy Pahl May 22, 2019

So sorry to hear about Loretta. Her smile and energy will not be forgotten. We pray that you will find comfort in the fact that she is with Jesus. Her faith in her Saviour impacted all those around her.

Tom and Kathy Pahl
Message from Harvey & Hazel Reuer May 22, 2019

Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Harvey & Hazel Reuer
Message from Bagley Family May 22, 2019

It is with a very heavy heart that we send our condolences. Reading the words about Loretta was a great reminder to us that she really lived her life to the fullest and is a huge example of what it means to live a life of Joy in the Lord.

Bagley Family
Message from The family of Maureen (Weisser) Knopp May 23, 2019

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Loretta was such a special life long friend to our Mom (Maureen Weisser Knopp), she shared with us many happy memories of their growing up years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The family of Maureen (Weisser) Knopp
Message from Cheryl Semrau May 31, 2019

I have always appreciated Mrs. Strauss, her energy and positive attitude. My condolences. May her memory be a blessing.

Cheryl Semrau
Message from Dorita (Strauss) Smith and family June 07, 2019

Dear Strauss Family. Sending our love and condolences to you all. We know the sorrow of saying good bye to a beloved parent and spouse. We miss Dad immensely (Herb Strauss) these 2 years...I remember your Mom fondly when we stayed at your house in the early 1980's. Such a beautiful and gracious host. May God comfort as only He can...

Dorita (Strauss) Smith and family
Message from Manetta Hohn June 09, 2019

I recently heard of Loretta's passing. So sorry Henry and family.
In earlier times it was special to stop at your place and have beds to sleep in on our travels from BC to Winnipeg. Appreciate your fellowship through the years, starting at CTI!! May God comfort all and give you His peace.

Manetta Hohn
Message from Sandra Child July 03, 2019

Dear Strauss family: I learned of Loretta's passing when I was in Medicine Hat this past weekend. I remember Loretta very well from my Temple Baptist days many years ago. When I would visit Medicine Hat and Temple after I left she would always talk to me. Thinking of you all. Sandra Child

Sandra Child