Olive Strachota, 92

Olive Strachota, 92, passed away July 14, 2016, at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

She was born March 16, 1924, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Lea Heroux (nee Venne), but was raised and spent half her adult life in Wausau before moving to West Bend with her husband Roger and children in 1966.

After completing her high school education in Wausau, she graduated from teacherís college and spent many years as a teacher and teacherís aide in Wausau and West Bend parochial and pubic schools. An aspiring writer, Olive enjoyed writing poetry and short stories in addition to bird watching, nature walking and participating in Homemakersí and Red Hat clubs.

She is survived by her sister, Lea Rose Risch; daughter, Pat Francis (Roger); sons, Dennis (Ann Stephani) and Dave (Elaine); grandchildren, Jeff Cole, Rick and Scott Francis, Adam and Matthew Strachota, and Alex and Jacci Alemi; eight great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Eugene; sister, Yvonne Peterson; husband, Roger; and daughter, Janet. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (406 Jefferson St., West Bend). A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4 p.m. with her nephew, the Rev. Mike Strachota, presiding. Interment will be Wednesday in Restlawn Memorial Park at 4710 N. Troy St. in Wausau with a prayer service in the cemetery chapel at 11 a.m.

The Strachota family would like to extend its appreciation to Dr. Norman Gill and the staff at The Kathy Hospice for their attentive and kind care.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages bequests in her name to The Kathy Hospice Endowment Fund, 3200 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, WI 53095.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.