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Theresa B. Stratman

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LINCOLN — Theresa B. Stratman, 87, Lincoln, formerly of St. James and Wynot, died Sept. 30, 2021, at the Sumner Place Nursing Home, Lincoln.

Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 9 at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, with the Rev. Matt Eickhoff and Rev. Jeff Eickhoff officiating.

Burial was at Sts. Philip and James Cemetery, St. James, Nebraska. Visitation and a vigil service were Friday, at church. Visitation continued Saturday one hour prior to services at church.

Pallbearers were Nicholas Sovereign, Christopher Pokorney, Mark Morten, Will Driver, Aaron Stratman, Broderick Rolfes, Cody Meier and Thomas Shea. Honorary Pallbearers were Nathan Stratman, Tyler Stratman, John Stratman and Andrew Wiese.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Theresa Bernadina was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Yankton, S.D., to Charles and Theresa (Schroeder) Salvatori. The third oldest of eight children, she lived in Yankton until the age of 10, when her family moved to Menominee. She graduated from the eighth grade in Menominee and worked several jobs as a nanny in Yankton, S.D. She also worked in the nursery at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton. She married Ralph Stratman Sept. 22, 1954, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee. They farmed east of St. James, and raised 14 children. Ralph died June 23, 1987. Theresa moved into Wynot in 1989, and in 1995, she moved to Yankton, to care for her mother. She moved to Lincoln in 2009, and lived at the Huntington Apartments, where she made many friends. In May 2019, due to declining health, she moved to Sumner Place Care Center, Lincoln.

She loved playing cards, visiting with family and friends, helping at the senior center in Yankton and quilting. She made her first quilt at the age of 14, and continued quilting till she died. She also actively participated in multiple Catholic and community groups and organizations in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Grateful for sharing her life are her 14 children, Michael (Cindy), Terre Haute, Ind.; Janice (John) Stainbrook, Parkston, S.D.; Susan (Dale) Sovereign, Battle Creek; Peggy (Jeff) Morten, Holdredge; Betty (Todd) Driver, Battle Creek; Lynn (Brad) Herian, Norfolk; Patrick, Galveston, Texas; Marty (Christy), Brush, Colo.; Charles (Carrie), Lincoln; Ronald (Lupe), Copperas Cove, Texas; Rita (Todd) Rolfes, Lincoln; Carol (Joe) Shea, Lakeville, Minn.; Nancy (Rich) Meier, Newtown, Conn.; and Amy (Jeff) Wiese, Lincoln; three sisters, Angela (Clarence) Jansen, Joan (Larry) Eickhoff and Karen (Lawrence) Becvar; three sisters-in-law, Jean Salvatori, Joyce Salvatori and Jean Stratman; three brothers-in-law, Clarence (Colletta) Stratman, Jerome Stratman and Dick (Judy) Stratman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents; two grandsons, Brian Pokorney and Henry Wiese; two brothers, Robert and Raymond; and two sisters, Geraldine (Xavier) Becker and Janice (in infancy); four sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law.