GLADYS MILDRED STRAIT, 92, died at 1:17 a.m. May 24, 2006, at Elmcroft of Lima.
She was born March, 13, 1914, in Huron County to Daniel and Alice Viola Hopkins Stark, who preceded her in death. On July 14, 1935, she married Robert G. Strait, who died Oct. 13, 1982. Her companion of 20 years, Glen Pletcher, survives in Lima.
Mrs. Strait had worked at Westinghouse and Norwalk Truck Line, both in Norwalk, and at Speery-Rand, Charlottsville, Va. She enjoyed crafts, playing card and square dancing with the Fads Dance Group in Norwalk.
Survivors include a son, Allen (Esther) Strait of Bryson City, N.C.; three brothers, Robert (Gene) Stark, Harold (Nadine) Stark and Donald (Marilyn) Stark, all of Lima; and nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son; two daughters, Nancy L. Strait and Sandra Kay Harris; two brothers, Thomas J. and Daniel D. Stark; seven sisters, Mary Leppla, Altha Gossman, Cynthia Jones Stoodt, Juanita Leiber, Alice Welch, Linnie Ketzenbarger and Dorothy Leppla; and a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. today at Chiles & Sons-Laman Funeral Homes, Bluffton. Pastor Michael Downey will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.