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Frieda Stritecky
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  • Winner United Methodist Church (MYF Mission Trips)
    301 W 4th St.
    Winner, SD 57580

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“Lori, Your family has my sympathy. Donna Larson-Knippling ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Larson-Knippling - SD

“To the Stritecky Family Our sincere sympathy to all of you at this time of loss. Frieda was a special lady we got to know many years ago we know she...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Dennis and Linda Kappes - Crooks, SD

“What a beautiful lady, inside and out. Always had kind words for everyone and everything. What a special time for your mom and dad, they get to...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Sue Jorgensen - Rapid City, SD

“Sorry to hear about your mom. I worked at the Gregory hospital with Lori. And knew them when in hospital. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Doris Olson - Bridgewater, SD

“My sincere sympathy to all of you. Frieda and Joe were wonderful neighbors and friends. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Mariannr - Colome

“It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to you Grandma. The last couple days have been a blur. I think back with tears and laughter about the...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jon and Haley Stukel - Billings, MT

“Sending our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Frieda was a very special person. She will be missed by all. Jolene Ring and Ronald Stearns ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jolene Ring - Spearfish, SD

“Tom and Family, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom you have or deepest sympathy thinking of you in this time of sorrow I remember...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Don and Joyce Rodman - SD

“Being a friend of Lori's, I had the pleasure of spending time with Frieda. She was such fun. My Mom and I enjoyed playing dominoes with Frieda & Lori...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Joyce Shavlik - Gregory, SD

“Our deepest condolences for your loss. We loved Aunt Frieda dearly. She was my favorite Auntie. Loved her kindness, the twinkle in her eyes, her...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Delores and Mark Edwards - NE


Frieda Mae (Karel) Stritecky was born March 24, 1929 in a small farmhouse one mile west of Colome, SD. Frieda was the youngest of five children born to Louie and Flora (Bruns) Karel. She spent her childhood living with her parents, a brother, and three sisters on various farms near Colome and Dallas. Frieda attended all eight years of grade school in a one room rural school.

Following graduation from Colome High School in 1948, she attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish to get a semester of training for a teaching certificate. Frieda then taught school for a year before marrying Joseph Stritecky on June 11, 1949 at the Colome United Methodist Church.

They lived on a farm three miles northeast of Colome for the first 26 years. In 1976, they bought a home in Colome. Frieda continued to live there after Joe passed away in August of 2013. In April of 2015 she moved to Rose Manor Assisted Living in Colome where she was a current resident up until the time she passed away.

Frieda was a current member of the Winner United Methodist Church. She also spent several years driving school bus for the Colome School and made many friends. She treasured the time spent with her family. Joe and Frieda liked to travel. Their trips included Alaska and Hawaii besides visiting their children in and out of state.

Frieda passed away on February 10, 2016, at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 86.

Frieda will be missed by all who knew her and enjoyed her cooking and game playing especially cards and Scrabble.

Grateful for having shared her life are her five children, Ron (Sheila) Stritecky, Wheatland, WY, Lori (Ken) Watson, Peoria, AZ, Nancy (Bill) Davies, Billings, MT, Jerry Stritecky, South Jordan, UT, and Tom (Becky) Stritecky, Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren Kendra Kellemeyn, Kevin Watson, Ryan Watson, Erica Probst, Jon Stukel, Jessica Stritecky, Kymberlee Stritecky, Alexa Stritecky, and Anna Stritecky; step grandchildren Bill Davies and Colette Preston; six great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, and one sister Edna Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe of 64 years, infant son Robert, her parents, two sisters Evelyn Kulhavy and Anna Kahler, and one brother Bud Karel.

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Funeral services for Frieda Stritecky, 86, of Colome, SD, were held Monday, February 15, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner with Pastor Val Rush and Pastor Ron Snethen officiating. A prayer service was held Sunday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral in Gregory.

Margot Vavra and Karen Scheinost were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Jo Green, pianist, and Geoff Smith, soloist, singing "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone" and "Softly and Tenderly." Congregational hymns were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."

Flower attendants were Julie Rohde, Edna Whetham, Pat Pravecek, Sandy Beck, and Shirley Schwartz.

Casket Bearers were Kendra Kellemeyn, Kevin Watson, Ryan Watson, Erica Probst, Jon Stukel, Jessica Stritecky, Kymberlee Stritecky, Alexa Stritecky, and Anna Stritecky.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Leon Brewer, Johnny Brewer, Gary Karel, Jim Karel, Dave Pravecek, Ed Stritecky, Leonard Stritecky, Tim Probst, Brian London, Bob Scheinost, Jack Whetham, and Larry Cahoy.

Burial was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.

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God's Garden

God looked around His garden,
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful.
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

So He closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered "Peace be thine,"
He then took you up to heaven
With hands gentle and so kind.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
And you did not go alone,
For parts of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

--author unknown