Eli ‘Papa’ Strey
Eli “Papa” Strey, 85, of La Vernia, Texas, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. He was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Guadalupe County, the son of Otto Fritz and Alvina Louise (Mattke) Strey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sherlene Carusella Strey; and his brothers, Harold, Bernie, Kenneth, Otto, Eddie, and Eugene Strey.
Eli is survived by his son, Jackie Strey and wife Diane of New Berlin; his daughter, Janice Tullis and husband Jimmy of La Vernia; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Julie, Jessica, James, Stephanie, and Jacquelyn; his great-grandchildren, Moira, Shelby, “Bubba” John, Makaila, Marissa, Zoey, Jayden, Scott, Courtney, and Hunter; his sisters, Ruby Lee Pierdolla and Aileen McInvale; his brothers, Wilfloyd Strey and Otto Strey; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family.
Visitation took place Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5-8 p.m. in the Finch Funeral Chapel in La Vernia.
A funeral service was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in La Vernia, with Dr. Robert Palan officiating.
Interment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in La Vernia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 310 Seguin St., La Vernia, TX 78121.
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