Bloomington, IL/Dodgeville Bernice Ludell Stratman, age 79 of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, June 30th at home with her family by her side.
Bernice was born November 10, 1933 in Mt. Horeb the daughter of Rudolph and Myrtle Thompson Swiggum and was a graduate of Mt. Horeb High School. She married LaVern Stratman on April 2, 1952 in Mt. Horeb. Bernice was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. After her children were grown, she and her husband Vern, owned and operated Stratco, Inc - Precision Measurement Specialists for 15 years in Seneca, South Carolina. She was an avid fan of Clemson football and Atlanta Braves baseball. Bernice also enjoyed reading, playing online games with friends across the country and vacations with family.
Bernice is survived by her husband Vern of Bloomington, IL; her children, Steven (Sherrie) Stratman of Seneca, SC; Ellen (John) Stacker of Bloomington, IL and Susan Stratman of Normal, IL; a sister, Shirley Thomas of Shafer, MN; grandchildren, Shawna (Chris) Wood; Shane (Melinda) Stratman; Scot (Amanda) Stratman; Christopher, Rebecca and Sara Stacker and David Rothell; six great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Gladys Ann; an infant daughter, Diane Marie and a brother, Roger Swiggum.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville. Pastor Steven R. Kottke will officiate with burial in East Side Cemetery in Dodgeville. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:00 P.M. on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Community Cancer Center, Normal, IL or BroMenn Hospice, Normal, IL.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Migas and nurses at The Community Cancer Center for their care and compassion.
Bernice never considered herself a courageous woman but all who knew her admired her strength during her decade's long battle with cancer. She continues to be an inspiration as she showed us how to enjoy life, smile, and live each day to the fullest. She will be deeply missed by all who know and loved her.