Deanna D. Strella, 70, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, peacefully, at Pleasant View Home, Inman.
Deanna was born on Oct. 28, 1942, in McPherson, a daughter of the late Catherine Annabelle (Hutchins) and John Roland Christiansen.
Deanna attended and graduated from the Centerview country school and McPherson High School, McPherson.
She attended the Free Methodist Church McPherson.
Deanna worked as a secretary at WR Mill, was a partner along with her husband, Bob, owning and operating Strella Upholstery & Drapery in McPherson. She retired from Hutchinson Correctional Facility Sewing Department manager after 18 years.
She was a foster mother in her early years. She was active in helping to organize her McPherson High School class reunions and visiting with her dear sisters-in-law, Ruth Yowell and Marilyn Pope.
Deanna Christiansen was united in marriage to Robert L. “Bob” Strella on Aug. 18, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; two sons, Tim Strella and Darren (Amy) Strella, of Pace, Fla.; two daughters, Theresa “Traci” (Jim) Parks, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Kate (Chad) Sears, of McPherson; a brother Jim (Cheryl) Christiansen, of McPherson; many beloved grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, John Roland and Catherine Annabelle Christiansen, her stepmother, Ruby Christiansen, a sister, Patricia A. “Pat” Schroeder; and a daughter-in-law, Sherli Strella.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at a later date.
Cremation arrangements are by Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home in McPherson.
Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society and may be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.