Geneva J. Strolz, age 92, of Roseburg, OR, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

The eldest daughter, Geneva Strolz, was born to Martin and Margaret (Reining) Winter on August 25, 1924, in the home of her aunt in Harris, Iowa.

After spending her younger years on the family farm in Iowa, she acquired her cosmetology license and worked and owned shops in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and California.

In 1945, she married Darwin Putnam and moved to San Diego, CA. After his death in 1965, she decided a change of career was needed and returned to school for data entry. During this time she reconnected with an old friend, Shelby Strolz. After a short courtship they were married in Las Vegas, NV, on May 06, 1967. During their time together they lived in San Diego, CA, Bullhead City, AZ, and Roseburg, OR.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose and Elkettes, and over the years she held numerous positions in both organizations. She enjoyed fishing, canning, visits from family, and entertaining friends during her retirement years.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Barbara (Robert) Thompson, of Roseburg, OR; and son, Jerry (Linda) Putnam, of Berry Creek, CA; also surviving her are three grandsons, Marc (Denise) Putnam, of Modesto, CA, Mike (Jennifer) Putnam of Berryville, CA, and Darwin (Patty) Putnam of Aurora, OR; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Darwin Putnam of 20 years, and Shelby Strolz of 32 years; and her sister, Armella Anderson.

At her request, there will be no memorial services. She will be laid to rest with Shelby at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.