Helen Strater

Helen Strater

Helen Strater of Plainwell passed away Friday, September 5, 2014, at the Stanford Lodge in Plainwell. Mrs. Strater was born November 28, 1912 in Kendallville, Indiana, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Butler) Forker. For many years she was a secretary for the Otsego Public Schools until her retirement in 1976. Helen was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star. On March 28, 1936, in Kendallville, she married Forrest Strater who preceded her in death June 25, 1978.

Surviving are their children, Patricia (Jack) Davis of Berrien Springs and Ronald (Pamela) Strater of Middleville; 4 grandchildren, Kathy Stuckey, Kim Fisher, Dirk Strater and Jaime Nelson; 7 great-grandchildren, Gabe, Lila and Charlotte Nelson, Matt and Scott Shemberger, April Wagner and Alex Stuckey; 2 great-great grandchildren, Kennedy and Maddex Shemberger; and a brother Olan (Kathleen) Forker. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Forrest and her brothers Forrest Forker and Donald Forker.

Friends may visit with her family from 10-11 A.M. Tuesday September 9, 2014 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held at 11 A.M. with Pastor Leigh Larson officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Helen may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Gary Michaels says:

    You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  2. Jim and Karen Allred says:

    Pat and Jack, Our thoughts and prayers are with you! May you cherish the good memories of your mom, and may you feel God’s comfort as you go through this difficult time.
    Jim and Karen

  3. Maryann Smith says:

    Grandma Strater was such a wonderful kind person, she will live on in our memories forever. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Jean VanWiltenburg Englewood, Fl. says:

    Dear Ron, Pam and family, deepest sympathy to you my special thoughts and prayers for you all. .Love you

  5. Marilyn Marion (Myers) says:

    Dear friends –

    My mother Eleanor Myers and Helen were good pals. I will always remember Helen as a kind and thoughtful soul. After my father (Hugh Myers) passed away in 1976, Our mother had to learn to drive a car but she never felt competent or got brave enough to drive into Kalamazoo. Helen was always ready to lend a helping hand to my mother by giving her rides to her dentist and doctor appointments in Kalamazoo. She was a great blessing to my mother who passed away at age 86.

    Marilyn Marion

  6. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Thinking of all of you on the passing of Helen. She was such a lovely lady and always had a smile for me. I worked for Mr. Strater in the guidance for a couple of years in High School and got to know both him and Helen at that time. God blessed her with a long life and I’m sure you will miss her. May you find strength in your faith at this sad time. With Love, Diane & John Glessner

  7. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    We have so many fond memories of Helen through Eastern Star. She was a Past Matron and held the office of Secretary for over 25 years. She always had a smile and never an unkind word. She worked on many dinners at the Masonic Temple and was loved by many. She always remembered everything when the rest of us couldn’t. She will be greatly missed.

  8. Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky says:

    My mom Helen Jerrett and I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet lady who was always so helpful during my HS years at Otsego High School. I know you have many wonderful memories of her.

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