Deanna D. Strella, 70, of McPherson, passed away 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.
Surviving family members include her devoted and loving husband of more than fifty years, Bob Strella of the home, McPherson; her children, Tim Strella of Larned, Darren Strella and his wife Amy of Pace, Fla., Theresea "Traci" Parks and her husband Jim, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Kate Sears and her husband Chad, of McPherson; her brother Jim Christiansen and his wife Cheryl, of McPherson; 13 grandchildren, Sam Strella, Derek Dinkel, Jade Dinkel, Danielle Strella, Raven Strella, Zach Strella, Nicole Strella, Lauren Parks, Jaxon Parks, Ethan Parks, Nick Berens, Jacob Berens, and Grace Pearson; one great-granddaughter, Kadence; several nieces and nephews, 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.
The memorial service will be conducted by Reverend Tom Griffith and Reverend Deborah Somerville at 11 a.m. Saturday March 9, 2013, from the Free Methodist Church 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.