Juanita Stromatt was born to Ben and Bessie Bilderback in Hyman, Mo. in March of 1921. She passed peacefully in her sleep at her home in Hawthorne on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Juanita was the youngest of six siblings and was proceeded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers. Also by her husband of 57 years, Elliot Christy Stromatt in 1997.
Juanita is survived by one sister, Virgie Laxton of Peidmont, Mo. She is also survived by her two children: Richard (Janice) Stromatt of Hawthorne and Carolyn (Vic) Trujillo of Hawthorne.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kathy (Paul) Trujillo of Hawthorne, Christine (Mark) Faulstich of Reno, and Kurt, Craig and Stephen Green. She is survived by several great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren who live in Hawthorne.
The family was first in Hawthorne in 1942 and lived in a trailer in the Navy Trailer Park. They returned to Hawthorne in 1946 and moved to Babbitt.
Juanita worked at USNAD Hawthorne off and on for many years. When she retired she was in payroll.
After retirement Juanita and Chris did the “snowbird” bit for several years and then had a home built in Yuma, Ariz. The house was mostly built by their good friend Warren Page from Hawthorne and they were neighbors to Warren and Betty Page for years.
They came back to Hawthorne in 1997 and after Chris’s death, Juanita again bought a house in Hawthorne.
Juanita was an avid reader and loved to bake and crochet.
After living the first 19 years of her life in a very small area, Juanita caught a train in Missouri and traveled across the country to Reno, Nev. in 1940 where she and Chris were married. They then traveled up and down the western United States with Chris working as a heavy equipment operator and jack of all trades.
Per her request no services are planned. Arrangements are being handled by Gunter’s Funeral
Home and inurnment will be in the Hawthorne Cemetery. Juanita will be missed but not forgotten.