December 29, 1927 – September 7, 2022
VISITATION: Saturday, September 17th from 8am to 9am at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 1920 N. 102nd St., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 9am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to be directed by the family.
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She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Stratman, parents Dorothy and Glenn Gealy, brother Robert Gealy, and son Mark Stratman.
She is survived by her children Kathy (John) Asmus, Cheryl (Tom) Sauser, Carolyn (Karl) Green, Gregg (Shelly) Stratman, James (Donita) Stratman; grandchildren, Allison Asmus, Erik Asmus, Brian (Amy) Sauser, Ann (Gordon) Wehner, Jill (Adam) Hamilton, Simone Green, Anna Stratman, Ben Stratman, Joe Stratman, Daniel (Katie) Stratman, Kelsey Stratman, Jason (Sabrina) Stratman, Hope Stratman; great grandchildren, Julia Sauser, Anthony Sauser, Mitch Sauser, Susanna Sauser, Vincent Sauser, Cohen Hamilton, Monroe Hamilton, Axton Wehner; cousin, Betty Foster; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Trudy was born on December 29, 1927, in Gordon, NE to Dorothy and Glenn Gealy. She and brother Robert had a happy childhood on the family farm 2 ½ miles outside of Gordon, and dog Herbie was her constant companion. From 4th grade on, she rode her horse Mix to and from school each day except during the winter months, when she would stay in town with relatives.
After high school, Trudy attended Park College in Missouri and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, earning her degree in Home Economics education. She met her husband Ray while teaching in Central City. They married in 1952 and started having children a year later. After living in South Sioux City and Fremont, they settled in Omaha in 1963.
Trudy resumed her career in 1970, teaching Vocational Home Economics at Lewis & Clark Junior High until retiring in 1990. Ray died in 1989 due to complications from a stroke suffered 4 years earlier. Their son Mark died in 1994.
Trudy loved to travel. Over the years she visited Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland , England, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Denmark, Sweden), the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, the Holy Lands), Asia (Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore), Central America (Columbia, Panama) as well as taking several North America Elderhostel trips (Alaska , Quebec, Montreal, Baltimore, Oregon, Main, Michigan, California, Hawaii, Midway Island). Many of these trips were taken with dear friends.
Trudy’s greatest source of joy was visiting and being with her family and friends. Whether it was spending time with family and friends in Omaha or visiting her out of state children, relatives, or friends who had moved away, she always loved to catch up and ‘gab’ with people. She was a member of a Bridge Club and hosted games at her house many times and always enjoyed the social aspect of it. Trudy was an active member of the P.E.O. organization since 1948 (74 years), most recently in the P.E.O. G.F. chapter.