MaryBeth Strong

MaryBeth Strong

STOUGHTON/MADISON-MaryBeth Strong, age 92, of Stoughton, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Skaalen Home.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1924, the daughter of Obert “Mike” and Ada (Hemsing) Kelfstad in Stoughton. MaryBeth married J. Kirk Strong in 1947 in Stoughton. She graduated from Stoughton High School in 1942 and attended UW-Madison.

MaryBeth was first and foremost an amazing caretaker and volunteer. She sewed and knitted many things, most notably her incredibly beautiful sweaters which were often placed in the window at the Yarn Nook in Stoughton.

MaryBeth had a huge heart and was always taking in stray animals and was well known for raising several batches of baby birds that had fallen from their nest. She would care for them in her basement, feeding them with tweezers and medicine droppers.

MaryBeth loved sports, especially the Badgers. She and Kirk held season tickets on the fifty yard line for over fifty years, and often traveled with friends to away games. In their later years, MaryBeth and Kirk would winter in Longboat Key, Fla., where they made many lifelong friends. She was quite athletic and a member of GAA as a girl. MaryBeth was always proud to tell of how at the time, girls were only allowed to play half court but she and her friends would break the rules and play full court! MaryBeth considered a great day one in which you got lost with a good friend.

She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. She is survived by her son, JK (Rene) Strong; two daughters, Patty (Randall) DeGroot and Cindy (Peter Pfundtner) Strong; grandchildren, Erik, Matt (Allison), Mike (Christine), Danielle (fiance Abe), Sara and Joe; six and a half great grandchildren; sister Dotty Orwig; and many nieces, nephews and numerous other friends and neighbors. MaryBeth was preceded in death by her husband; parents; in-laws, Bud and Mary Collins; and sister and brother-in-law Kay and Carl Felly.

Funeral services will be held at SKAALEN HOME, 400 N. Morris St., Stoughton, at 12 noon on Saturday, April 1, 2017, with Pastor James Koza presiding. Burial will follow at Eastside Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Skaalen Home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Skaalen Home, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at or to the Badger Fund at

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Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation Care
1358 Highway 51 N. @ Jackson St.