Frances Ruth Stratman White

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.




  • Gina Walsh Posted March 27, 2018 8:01 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss but know she is up in heaven with your dad. I have the fondest memories of her. Thoughts, prayers, and hugs to you all.
    Just always be comforted that She is reunited with her true love again and you all have another angel looking over you all.. She raised such a great loving family and was always proud of each of you.

  • Mark White Posted March 28, 2018 8:48 am

    I love you mom!

  • Connie White Imler Posted March 28, 2018 9:48 am

    She was an amazingly beautiful woman. I loved how sentimental she was and how she listened so well to children. Her attention was always genuine. She was a favorite of mine and all my brothers and sisters.

  • Patricia (White) Lewis Posted March 28, 2018 10:22 am

    I have many fond memories of Aunt Fran. She was always loving and kind. I hope the memories of Aunt Fran will bring my cousins comfort in their time of grief. With love – Trisha

  • Mary Sue. David Posted March 28, 2018 10:42 am

    Our sympathy to you and your family, Mary. May her memory be eternal.
    Love from,
    Mary Sue and Wayne. David

  • Jerry and Connie Nanos Posted March 28, 2018 10:50 am

    Dear White family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. She will be forever in our hearts.
    Jerry and Connie Nanos

  • Andrea Bohn Posted March 28, 2018 2:21 pm

    I have so many wonderful memories of White family gatherings at your parents’ home. Fran was always such a welcoming and gracious hostess. It was an honor to know her, and I will be praying for your family. Much love! Andrea

  • Janice White Bach Posted March 28, 2018 2:39 pm

    Aunt Fran had the most beautiful smile. It was a joy to be around her. We took many trips back to Nebraska to visit family. Aunt Fran and Uncle Pat’s was always a wonderful place to visit. Sending love and prayers that all the happy memories can heal some of the pain and sadness.

  • John Montag SJ Posted March 28, 2018 9:41 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, but also so very glad she’s out of the darkness and into everlasting Light. know of my prayers for each of you. I know there’s nothing like the loss of Mom. may Christ’s intimate love fill your emptiness.

  • George and Mick Weers Posted March 28, 2018 10:26 pm

    Dan, thoughts and prayers for you and your family.. Many precious memories!

  • Ann Stratman Schwartz Posted March 29, 2018 7:17 am

    Loved my sister she was my saviour. 10 years ago she donated her stem cells to save my life. I will never forget what she did for me. I miss her so very much

    • Karen Ruf Posted March 30, 2018 10:13 am

      Now she is with her savior.
      My sincere feelings for your loss

  • Jamie Hamilton Posted March 29, 2018 10:41 am

    My sympathy to you and your family, Mary, you have such a wonderful family and your mom will continue to live in you. I’m sending you and your family love and support.
    Jamie Hamilton

  • Suzanne Posted March 29, 2018 9:26 pm

    Sheila, we are so sorry you lost your mom. She sounds like an incredible woman.

  • Karen Ruf Posted March 30, 2018 10:21 am

    My sincere feelings of sadness for your loss but great joy in remembering a friend. She is with her savior now

  • Florian & Joan Lassek Posted March 30, 2018 10:34 am

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing,we have fond memories of Fran. She left a fine legacy,May she rest in peace

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