Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 3, 2013

Claribelle M. Stramake


TRAVERSE CITY — Claribelle Mae (Berry) Stramake, 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes in the company of her family on Jan. 27, 2013.

Claribelle was born in Newberry, where she lived until age 20.

She was married to Mitz Stramake in 1944 until he passed away in 1983.

She lived in the Detroit area, primarily Allen Park, for 65 years and then moved to Traverse City six years ago.

She loved to cook and garden. Claribelle also loved to help with her grandchildren, who all adored her.

She is survived by daughter, Sharon Conrad, of Traverse City; grandsons, Mark, of Mexico, and David (Kristen), of Traverse City; great-granddaughter, Adele; daughter, Linda Davis (Don), of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Erin (Scott), of Chicago; great-granddaughters, Maya, Zadie and Trevor (Claudia), of Germany; great-granddaughters, Kaija and Matilda; daughter, Diane McKay (Ron), of Dearborn; and grandsons, Brandan and Ryan, of Dearborn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitz.

The family especially wants to thank the loving and caring staff at Orchard Creek Supportive Care in Traverse City, who cared for her like family for the last years of her life.

A memorial service to celebrate Claribelle's life will be held in the spring in the Allen Park area.

Donations in memory of Claribelle may be made to The Salvation Army or Hospice of Michigan.

Please share your memories of Claribelle with her family by way of her online guestbook/tribute page at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Traverse City.