Selma Helma Lydia Strey

Selma Helma Lydia Strey, age 90 of Lester Prairie, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at St. Mary's Care Center, Winsted.

Selma was born Feb. 3, 1910 in Mayer, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Dora (Maack) Schuette. She was baptized Feb. 21, 1910, at Zion Lutheran Church, Mayer, by the Rev. Erthel; and confirmed by the same April 13, 1924.

On May 8, 1929, Selma was united in marriage to Arthur Strey at Zion Lutheran Church, Mayer, by the Rev. Erthel. The couple lived with Herman and Emma Strey, Selma's father- and mother-in-law until 1933, when they moved to the Rudolph Lueck farm southeast of Lester Prairie.

In 1935, Selma and Arthur moved to a farm by Foley, Minn., and they lived there until 1938, when they bought a farm three miles north of Lester Prairie. The couple lived on the farm until 1943, when they moved into the town of Lester Prairie.

While living in Lester Prairie, Selma worked at various places including Karl Spellum Nursing Home, Basel Produce, Radtke Produce, and Tonka Toys. She also did housecleaning for several people until she retired in 1988.

Selma loved anything that she could do outdoors, especially her vegetable and flower gardens. She was always disappointed when winter would come because it meant an end to her gardening until the following spring when she loved to watch the fresh new growth.

At the time of her death, Selma had reached the age of 90 years, seven months, and eight days.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Dora Schuette; her husband Arthur; four brothers: Fred, William, Henry, and Edward; and two sisters, Ella Latzig and Hilda Domjahn.

Selma is survived by a son, Earl Strey (wife, Audrey) of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law, Luella Schuette of Lester Prairie; and Eleanora Strey and Elvira Eggersgluess, both of Hopkins; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Grant bode officiating. The organist was Marsha Christensen and the congregational hymns were "Rock of Ages" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." The soloist, Marvin Westermann, sang "Softly and Tenderly" and "The Lord Is My Shepherd."

Serving as casket bearers were Norville Schuette, Earland Latzig, Vernon Domjahn, Leonard Schuette, Delbert Schuette, and Marvin Latzig.

Visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel, Lester Prairie. Interment was in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

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