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Loretta M. Strohmeyer

December 4, 1930 - December 19, 2018

Stayton area resident Loretta Strohmeyer died December 19, 2018 at the age of 88.  She fought with grace and courage to stay with us as long as possible but a series of health setbacks became too much to overcome.  As was her wish, Loretta passed peacefully in the home she had shared with her family since 1961. Ralph, her husband and high school sweetheart over the last 68 years, was by her side.

Loretta was born in Oak Creek, Colorado and felt a special bond with her old west and native American heritage.  She loved the outdoors and the warmth of the sun.  She enjoyed a swim in the river after a long dayís work, camping Oregonís high lakes with her family, hunting agates at the beach and sitting on the patio at home surrounded by a vegetable garden, roses and hummingbirds.

A talented artist, Loretta always carried a sketch pad and colored pencils with her.  She was accomplished in watercolors, oils, pastels, woodburning and calligraphy.  Sharing a piece of her artwork or a handmade card brought her joy.  And it was her creative spirit and curiosity that will be remembered by many.

Loretta was a kind and generous soul.  She will be missed greatly by her husband Ralph, sons Wayne (wife Tracey), David, Russ (wife Margie), five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brothers Ollie and Frank Staley, sister Claudine, and countless friends.  She was preceded in death by her father (Claude), mother (Hazel), brother (Bob), sisters (Helen, Shirley), and grandson (Brent).

Loretta was a devoted member of Staytonís First United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, she would be honored by contributions in her name to the church Stained Glass Window Fund.

Memorial service will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Stayton First United Methodist Church. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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