Louella Stratton

Louella Stratton

Louella M. Stratton of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Stratton was born November 30, 1923 in Otsego to Howard and Gladys (Halstead) Kitsmiller and was a lifelong resident of the area. Louella was a graduate of Otsego High School and for many years was employed as a secretary with Western Michigan University, retiring from W.M.U. Food Service.

In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, birds, working jigsaw and crossword puzzles, world travel and especially her grandchildren.

On March 20, 1941 Louella married Donald ‘Bud’ Stratton, who died in 1986. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Jimmy.

Surviving are four children, Gary (Pat) Stratton of Kalamazoo, David (Kathy) Stratton of Alamo, Pam (Tom) Lewis of Otsego and Trudy Bentley of Otsego; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother and two sisters, Harold ‘Cap’ (Donna) Kitsmiller of Kalamazoo; Phyllis (Jim) Rogers of Haines City, FL and Joyce (Lloyd) Santee of Allegan; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, Rev. Carol Newman officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

Contributions in memory of Louella may be made to the American Heart Association, the Kalamazoo Nature Center or Northwest United Methodist Church.

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

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  1. Pat Filkins says:

    Trudy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May your precious memories help your in this difficult time.

  2. Ken and Wendy Miller says:

    Trudy and family, You have been a good neighbor of ours for many years. Were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Ken and Wendy Miller

  3. VERNA kEELER says:

    PAM&TRUDY & FAMILY, I WAS SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOUR mom for a friend. SHE WAS ONE SPECIAL LADY. SURE DO HAVE SOME GREAT BOWLING MEMORIES. what fun we had. SO SORRY i wont be able to come on Wed., but I SURE WILL BE THINKING OF YOU.

    lOVE YOU ALL,

    verna & Murphy

  4. Steve & Sally DeWitt says:

    Tom, Pam and the families of Louella. She was a great lady and loved by many. We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts will be with you today and tomorrow through your sorrow.
    God Bless

    Love you,
    Steve and Sally

  5. Jeannie Wood {Morse] says:

    Pam & Trudy
    So sorry to hear about your mom, she was a great and funny lady
    I remember the days working at WMU in the kitchen during the summer when your mom was there working with my mom they were friends and when they bowled at WMU too. I had run into her a couple times after so long and she still remembered who I was and it felt good to see her.You guys keep in your minds and hearts all the good times that were had by you all. My thouhgts and prayers are with you both.
    Jeannie Wood [Morse]

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