Irene (Miller) Stramel, 78, of Hays, Kansas passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Via Christi Village in Hays, Kansas.

Irene was born July 3, 1936 in Osceola, Missouri, the daughter of Richard and Hattie (Ramage) Miller.  She grew up and attended schools in the Natoma and Paradise area.  She graduated from Natoma High School.

Irene was united in marriage to Henry Charles Stramel on December 27, 1958 in Alva, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Hays.  This union was blessed with five children; Kathy, Sharon, Laurie, Carol and Delores.

Irene worked for Ft. Hays State University as a Custodian for over 30 years, but was mainly a devoted wife and homemaker for her children.  She enjoyed baking, playing cards, reading and especially babysitting her grandchildren.

Surviving family include her husband of 56 years, Henry of the home; five daughters, Kathy Cooley (Tracy) of Overland Park, Kansas, Sharon Obenland of Roeland Park, Kansas, Laurie Mortinger (Jim) of Hays, Kansas, Carol Williams (Jeff) of Wichita, Kansas and Delores Stramel of Hays, Kansas; three brothers, Richard Miller of Kimble, Nebraska, Gerald Miller of Russell, Kansas and Cletys Miller of Marysville, California; eight grandchildren, Travis Hachmeister (Beka), Brooke Burkett (Jason), Katelyn Cooley, Jessica Lawson (Brett), Russell Mortinger (Keegan), Jenny Obenland , Schuyler Williams, and Taylor Williams (Chelsea); five great grandchildren; and five grand dogs,  Pearl, Derby, Tucker, Lilly and Rosie.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Celebration of Irene’s Life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell.  Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to service time on Saturday at the mortuary.  A private family committal will be held later. Cremation has preceded the services.  In lieu of flowers a Memorial has been established with the Friends of Hays Dog Park.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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