Obituary: Mary ‘Kay’ Strotkamp

Mary “Kay” Strotkamp, 73, died at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Peabody.

Kay was born on Jan. 30, 1943, to Henry and Mary (Kloster) Schiffner in Hillsboro.

She married Vic Strotkamp on March 9, 1962, in Newton. They were married for 43 years prior to his death on April 26, 2005.

Not long after Vic and Kay were married, they started a bait shop, which later transitioned into a convenience store. She later became the manager of McCall’s Shoes in Newton for 13 years. After the McCall’s store closed, she began working in the family landscape business. In recent years, she served as a driver for Peabody-Burns school system and worked summers at the Kaw Valley Nursery.

Kay was an avid baker, enjoyed gardening and loved watching wildlife at her home. She deeply loved and cared for her family.

She is survived by her children, Kristine Dameron and her spouse, Chad, and Kevin Strotkamp; sister, Dolores Robinson; grandson, Zachary Dameron and spouse, Amy; great-grandchildren, Ridley and Ellie Dameron; and nephews, Mike, Curtis, Dave and Eric Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor I. Strotkamp; parents, Henry and Mary Schiffner, and sister, Norma Neufeld.

Funeral services are scheduled for at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Peabody Christian Church. A graveside committal will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody immediately following the church service.

A memorial has been established for the Peabody Avenue of Flags.

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