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Alfred "Alfie" A. Strei  

contributor: Tasha Treptow

Oconto County Reporter
April 19, 2004

Alfred "Alfie" A. Strei, 86, Gillett, died peacefully at his lifelong home on April 19, 2004, with family by his side. Alfred was born to the late William and Olga (Deering) Strei on May 5, 1917, in the home in which he lived his entire life. On June 2, 1945, he married Clarice Heier, Oconto, who preceded him in death on Sept. 4, 2002. In addition to farming until his retirement, he was also an avid woodworker who built, refinished and remodeled thousands of projects from toys to birdhouses to cabinetry. All of these items were painted, varnished and otherwise finished by his wife, Clarice, who kept a meticulous record of everything they ever created. Alfred and Clarice were longtime 4-H leaders and gave freely of their time and talent to the young people who loved working in Alfie’s workshop. Alfred was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was the youngest of seven children, all of whom preceded him in death, Walter, Art, Raymond, Emma (Clemonts), Helen (Behm) and Alma (Fischer). An infant daughter, Mary, also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Wayne Strei, Gillett; along with numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz with Deacon Michael Zamzow officiating. Friends may call at the church from 12 noon until the time of the services. Interment will be in the Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery. Zastrow Funeral Home in Cecil assisted in the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Sarnwick and the staff of Shawano Medical Center for their kindness and compassion. The care and concern given to Alfie and his loved ones during this time was greatly appreciated.