Winona Struve, 98 years of age, of Oxford, Nebraska

Courtesy Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home

Funeral Services for Winona M. Struve will be held at the United Methodist Church in Oxford, Nebraska on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Eldon Fablinger officiating. Interment will follow at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford.

Winona Struve, 98 years of age, of Oxford, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Tabitha Health Care in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was born on August 26, 1915 at Beaver City, Nebraska, the only child born to George and Nellie (Demaree) Fletcher. She attended Beaver City High School, graduating with the class of 1933. Winona taught school for two years, from 1933 to 1935 at District #97 in Beaver City. She later attended Kearney State Teachers College from 1935 to 1937. Following her college education, she taught at Oxford Public Schools from 1946-47, teaching the fourth grade.

Winona attended the Presbyterian Church in Beaver City and was baptized at the age of 12. She then began attending the United Methodist Church in Oxford.

On July 17, 1937, she was united in marriage to Carl L. Struve of Oxford. The couple honeymooned at the Black Hills, in a green pick-up, after the wheat crop was harvested. To this union, one son, Lee was born in 1939. The family made their home in a small house, near the Republican River in Oxford, from 1937 to 1945. They then moved to East Oxford, around 1945. The family initially had a dairy farm and did truck gardening. They also at different times raised turkeys, trout, catfish, hogs, cattle and sheep.

Winona was a member of the Emanon Ladies Social Club, the Furnas County Extension Club, the Woman's Altruistic Club and she enjoyed being a Methodist Church Aide.

Besides her parents, Winona was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1987.

Winona is survived by her son: Lee Struve and his wife, Cheryll of Lincoln; two grandsons, Patrick Struve and his wife, Lorrie of Lincoln, and Jason Struve and his wife, Kathy of Omaha, Nebraska; and four great-grandchildren: Dalton, Riley, Gavin and Malia Struve.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

A memorial has been established in Winona's honor and will be designated at later date.

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The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

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