Memorial Services for Sister Armella Stratman
Sister Armella Stratman, 97, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died June 25, 2022 at Avera Mother Joseph Manor, Aberdeen, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in the Chapel at Presentation Place, 405 9th Ave NE, Aberdeen, SD. Reverend David Janes will be celebrant and homilist. Liturgical Wake service and visitation will be Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in Presentation Place Chapel. Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. The services will be live streamed on www.spitzerfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Stratman was born October 17, 1924 in St. Helena, NE to Caroline (Koch) and Alben Stratman. Barbara graduated High School at Wessington, SD in 1942 and attended Notre Dame Junior College, Mitchell, SD. She entered Presentation Convent September 12, 1947. She professed vows August 10, 1950, receiving her religious name of Sister Armella. She attended Presentation College, in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern State University in 1969.
Sister Armella dedicated more than 50 years to Catholic education teaching at schools in Artesian, Humboldt, Harrisburg, Madison, Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Milbank, and Watertown, SD and Anoka, MN. She expressed finding love, joy and many challenges in teaching, and generously supported younger Sister-teachers. She served as a volunteer at Avera Brady Memorial Home, Mitchell for 10 years after her retirement from teaching and moved to Aberdeen in 2005. Sister Armella loved to sew and cook and had a wonderful talent of making beautiful crafts enjoyed by many.
She is survived by her community family of Presentation Sisters and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Freida Stratman and Melanie Stratman and two brothers: Ed Stratman and Clarence Stratman.