Irene D. Strey, 86

Irene Dorothy (Blanchette) Strey, age 86, of Cokato, passed away Friday, July 15, 2018, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Her funeral service will be Friday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at the Dassel Church of Christ, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Irene was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Smith Lake, MN, to Charles Albert and Lorna Paula (Elfman) Blanchette. She grew up in the Howard Lake area.

After attending high school, Irene went to work as a nanny for the Dayton family, and also at Cokato Green Giant Cannery, where she met her husband of 66 years, Elroy Stanford Strey.

The couple settled on a dairy farm north of Cokato, where they raised their family of one son and five daughters, and farmed until their retirement.

Irene enjoyed needle work, and playing games; and was a wonderful baker.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Dassel.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lorna Blanchette; sisters Ida (Tony) Entinger, and Betty Blanchette; and son-in-law Larry Melinsky.

She is survived by her husband, Elroy, of Cokato; son Steve (Jan) Strey of Fair Haven, daughters Linda Melinsky of South Haven, Vickie (Jeff) Murphy of Osseo, Connie (Tim) Peterson of Cokato, Dawn (Kevin) Gode of Ottertail, and Pamela (Rahn) Ortquist of Cokato; two granddaughters: Melissa Berglund (Scott) of Superior, WI, and Cassondra (Derek) Wohlers of Clearwater; three grandsons: Michael (Erin) Strey of Kasota, Calen (Robin) Ortquist of Litchfield, and Cade Ortquist of Cokato; a great-grandson, Vander Strey; three nieces; three nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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