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Caren B Stry

August 21, 1941 December 23, 2017
Caren B Stry
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The beloved Caren Stry passed away on December 23, 2017 in Olathe, Kansas. Caren was born on August 21, 1941 in Norwood, Massachusetts, the only child of Calvin and Bertha (Thorsen) Devendorf. She spent her childhood years in San Antonio, Texas.

She graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1959. She completed her X-Ray Technology degree at the Milwaukee Hospital School of X-Ray Technology. After graduating, she worked at the Milwaukee Hospital and the Berlin Hospital. She married the love of her life, David Stry, on August 18, 1962 and moved to Bloomington, Indiana. She worked at Bloomington Hospital while her husband completed his graduate degree. Caren and Dave moved numerous times to various parts of the United States; including Chicago, IL; Birmingham, AL; and Olathe, Kansas.

For Caren, her family was most important to her; she was an extraordinary wife, mother and friend. She quit working outside the home to raise their three children, Stephanie, Peter and Matthew. Caren also had many dear friends whom she cherished, especially the “birthday girls” and the “wine girls.”

Caren was perpetually positive, for her every cloud had a silver lining. Caren was a kind and genuinely good person, a real “people person” that never met a stranger. She was most happy when she was with her husband and children. She enjoyed many fun trips with her family, especially trips to warm beaches, and the annual family get-togethers at Christmas and in the summer in Minnesota. Caren had many interests. She was an avid tennis player in her early years and sang in the church choir. Caren served as a member of the Service League, Curative Workshop, the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, and a board member of the Camp Fire Girls.

Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Dave, her children Stephanie (husband Whitney) Johnson, Cold Spring, MN, Peter Stry, Overland Park, KS, and Matthew Stry, Prairie Village, KS, and six grandchildren, Owen and Sonja Johnson, Matthew and Alexandra Stry, and Calvin and Daisy Stry.

A service celebrating Caren's life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Oshkosh Wisconsin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 28th, with a visitation immediately preceding the service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be a private internment.

Her family graciously requests that in lieu of sending flowers you contribute to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to your favorite charity.


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