Darleen E. Stratton
Date of Birth
February 22, 1927
Murdock, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
November 3, 2023
lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Friday, November 10, 2023 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church ~ Murdock, Nebraska
Interment at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery ~ Murdock, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Friday, November 10, 2023 ~ 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church ~ Murdock, Nebraska


Trinity Lutheran Church
31104 Church Road
Murdock, NE 68407

Darleen Edna Stratton, 96 of Greenwood, NE passed away peacefully Friday, November 3, 2023 at the Monarch in Lincoln, NE.  She was born February 22, 1927 to Herman and Clara (Woitzel) Zierott.

Darleen grew up on a farm near Murdock, NE with her brother Harold.  She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and graduated from Murdock High School.  She attended Peru State College and was an elementary school teacher for many years.  Her last school was the “Dutch Academy” school, and she was always up to the challenge of the one room schoolhouse.

She was united in marriage to Theodore “Ted” Stratton on May 23, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, NE.  They raised four children, Cheryl, Randy, Kurt and Gregg.  They were further blessed by the births of grandchildren, Cara, Chris, & Chase Marker, Sara & Matthew Stratton, John Stratton, and Joshua, Andrew & Stephanie Stratton.  Nine great-grandchildren further completed the family.

Teaching was a big part of her life, but she was many other things as well.  Darleen was a busy farm wife, who loved the outside work as well as being a homemaker.  Gardening, yard work, milking cows, raising children and helping Ted with the chores were fun for her.  She was involved with 4-H, Sunday School and Women’s Club.  She and Ted liked to go dancing and to travel.  Of course, anyone who knew them would hear about Las Vegas and playing BINGO in their later years.  They enjoyed their children’s and grandchildren’s activities including county fairs, sports, and rodeos.  She was always ready to have a good time.  She was the queen of crocheting, and her afghans will be keeping her family warm forever. She was able to be in her own home until the last two weeks of her life, which was a true blessing.  She will be greatly missed.

Darleen is survived by her children, Cheryl (Charles) Marker, Randall (Donna) Stratton, Kurt Stratton and Gregg Stratton; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Clara Zierott; husband Ted Stratton; brother and sister-in-law, Harold (Margaret) Zierott.

Condolences for Darleen E. Stratton
  1. • November 11, 2023 - 3 weeks ago

    Darleen has been a great cousin for me as we both loved to keep family history, the WOITZEL’s especially. I will miss her long telephone calls, like I wish one more time to say “Goodbye my dear friend”.

  2. Beverly Woitzel
    • November 16, 2023 - 2 weeks ago

    This summer Darleen didn’t call me, that I heard anyway. I called her a few times and in the past we talked many times. I’m glad she got to stay in her own home for so long as she wanted. We enjoyed many good times together…playing Bingo in Vegas, Iowa, Kansas and with Ted, Cheryl and Charles. I’m glad I got to know Cousin Darleen better later in life. I’ll miss her. God bless her memory and you all.

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