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Althea Stremler

05/25/1937 - 04/06/2011


Althea Stremler, age 73, met her Lord at Heaven’s Gates on April 6, 2011. She was born to Arie and Katherine Molenaar in Crookston, Minnesota on May 25, 1937, the third of nine children. Her family moved to Peoria, Iowa when she was five years old and later moved to Lynden, Washington when she was ten years old. She attended Lynden Christian Grade School and First Christian Reformed Church.

Her first marriage was to Peter Buma in 1956. They had three children: Craig (Chris) Buma, Cassie, Michael and Jordan, Pella, Iowa; Cheryl (Mark) Blaylock, Steven and Ryan, Kent, Washington; and Caryn (Ed) Norton, Rayn Joy, Josiah, Cypress, Caleb and Ezekiel, Mt. Vernon, Washington.

Harold and Althea Stremler were united in marriage on April 5, 1986 and celebrated 25 years of marriage. They loved to travel in their motor home and volunteered with CRWRC for 15 years helping families and communities across the U.S. in their disaster recovery efforts.

Althea loved life and contributed something to every life she touched. She was a much-loved grandmother and especially loved being with her grandchildren. Flowers and gardening were her favorite hobby and her home was a cheery place for everyone to visit.

She is survived by her loving husband, Harold, of Mesa, Arizona as well as her children and grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Neil (Kay) Molenaar, Wenatchee, WA; Don & Marlene Riggan, Lacey, WA; Harold (Gayle) Molenaar, Tempe, AZ; Les (Lorna) Molenaar, Lynden, WA; Esther (Dick) Mellema, Lynden, WA; Marlene (Lynn) Bleeker, Sioux Center, IA; and Carolyn (George) Sibert, Wenatchee, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, several step-children & step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Marcia, brother, Ken Molenaar, and her parents, Arie & Katherine Molenaar.

Contributions may be made to, Americare Hospice & Palliative Care, Mesa, Arizona.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 7 at 6:00pm at Broadway Christian Church, 7335 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208.


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