Frances Ruth Stratman White
April 19, 1937 – March 27, 2018
Frances Ruth Stratman White was born on April 19,1937 in Omaha, NE and passed away on March 27, 2018. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Patrick “Pat” White of Humphrey, NE.; her parents, George Benedict “Ben” Stratman of Yankton, SD and Ruth Frances Clark Stratman of Aurora, IN. Fran is survived by her siblings: Mary Jane Stratman Migis, John Frank “Jack” Stratman, and Ann Louise Stratman Schwartz; her 6 children: Dan (Robin), Sheila (Gerald) Meritt, Mark (Barb), Jim (Kim), Theresa (Trent) Reimer, and Mary (Len) Iannelli; 14 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 30th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES on Saturday, March 31st at 11am at the West Center Chapel. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association. To access the donor page, please paste the web address below into your web browser:
Frances enjoyed a happy childhood surrounded by loving family and friends. When Fran was 14 years old, her mother passed away. Making the best of things, with the help of the nuns at Cathedral, she assisted her father in raising her younger siblings. Fran graduated from Cathedral High School in Omaha in 1955. After high school, she worked at Mutual of Omaha and attended Creighton University until she was married. Fran was married to Raymond Patrick “Pat” White on September 6, 1958. They celebrated their happy and loving marriage until his death in 2015. Pat and Fran were longstanding members of St Robert Bellarmine Church, where their children attended school. Fran was a stay-at-home mother raising 6 kids, and a caregiver to her father and father-in-law. After her children were grown, Fran enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and began attending classes, some of them with her own children. While attending classes, she worked at Eastern Nebraska Human Service Agency. Fran left ENSHA to take a position at the Post Office, where she retired in 2002. Fran enjoyed her retirement going to movies, traveling, and spending time with Pat.
Fran took pleasure in many pastimes and had an avid passion for gardening. She was a member of Highland Park Garden Club. She had a fondness for playing card games and maintained a bridge group with friends and relatives for many years. Fran loved hosting parties and welcomed all into her home with open arms. Fran and Pat often traveled to visit their siblings, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed shopping trips with family. She was a loving mother and doting grandmother who appreciated nothing more than to share photos and accomplishments of her kids and grandkids. Although we lost her to the darkness of Alzheimer’s, she will always shine a light on our hearts and souls.