Monday, August 6th, 2012
Cleopha "Cleo" R. Strete, 91, of Otterbein Cridersville and formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 4, 2012, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
She was born March 15, 1921, in St. Henry to Louis and Anna Selhorst Lange. On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Ralph A. Strete Jr., who died Nov. 28, 1998.
Surviving are five children, Stephen (Janice) Strete, Charleston, S.C., Jeffrey (Kathy) Strete, Wapakoneta, Charles (Patti) Strete, Lakeview, Anthony (Lorraine) Strete, Troy, and Margaret (Dale) Crumrine, Wapakoneta; siblings, Cyril (Margie) Lange, Fort Loramie, Leroy (Beanie) Lange, St. Henry, Eugene Lange, St. Henry, Cletus (Edna) Lange, St. Henry, Louis (Martha) Lange, Wapakoneta, Marie Pottkotter, St. Henry, Wilma Dues, Philothea, Rita Schroer, Fort Recovery, and Frances (Lawrence) Gehret, Fort Loramie; a sister-in-law, Sally Lange, Celina; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Also deceased are a brother, Elmer Lange, and a sister, Agnes Lange.
She was a graduate of St. Rita's Hospital School of Nursing, Lima, and retired in 1983 as a registered nurse at St. Rita's Medical Center.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, St. Rita's Alumni Association, the Knights of Columbus Council 1272 Auxiliary and the DAV Auglaize Chapter 73.
A Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Daniel Hunt Officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
Memorials may be given to the church's renovation fund or to St. Rita's Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.