SALEM - Matilda “Tillie” Stratton passed away Friday, December 11, 2020 at the age of 92. She was born March 4, 1928 to John and Mary (Pauline) Krizay in Niles, Ohio.
She graduated from Goshen High School and was employed at Electric Furnace for over 30 years where she made many lasting friendships. She had a very gentle nature and a smile for everyone.
Her husband, William Blaine Stratton, whom she married November 23, 1946, died February 3, 1995.
Tillie valued family first, she raised seven children and had an expansive family of 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She grew up and later retired in the farmhouse that her father built and was proud to celebrate her parents’ Slovenian roots. Tillie was president of Slovenian Lodge 476 in Salem that was chartered by her grandparents, a 70-year member of the SNPJ, and could often be heard humming along to her favorite polkas.
She so enjoyed pulling little pranks and smiling innocently on the sidelines - a trait passed down to her children. We will all carry Mom’s attributes through our lives with fond remembrance.
Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Judy Cook (Robert), and Linda Horsfall; four sons, William Stratton (Judy), James Stratton, Robert Stratton (Crystal), and Ronald Stratton (Janet), along with cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded by her parents, a sister, Eve Baughman of Albuquerque, a brother, John Krizay of Salem, son, Larry Stratton; daughter-in-law, Rita Stratton, and son-in-law, Lee Horsfall.
Private service will be Friday December 18, 2020 at Stark Memorial. Funeral will be streamed live on funeral home YouTube page at following link at 12: 00, Noon https://youtu.be/pwxG4pE9pAE
Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery.
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