Collene Strunk Obituary

Collene Delores Strunk
Collene Delores Strunk

August 15, 1953 - June 20, 2019
Born in Scotia, California
Resided in Wasilla, Alaska


Collene Delores Strunk, 65, passed away on June 20, 2019 at her home in Wasilla.

Collene was born on August 15, 1953 in Scotia, California to Jack and Eleanor (Summers) Martinson. She met Wade Strunk and the couple married on August 14, 1972. In 1975, the couple moved to Alaska. Shortly after, they made the Valley their home where Collene was an active part of the FCE Lazy Mountain Homemakers and involved in the community for 33 years.

Collene loved her family; she was always knitting someone a sweater, socks or slippers. She made numerous quilts for every member of the family; she was so fast and skilled that it would take most people a year to get done what she could do in a month.

She enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, making jams and pickles. Collene and her husband built three homes and helped their children build their homes. Her favorite pastimes were surrounding herself with family, playing games, sitting around campfires, and going down the Alcan. She did all of this so she could be around the people she loved; her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sister, mother, father, in-laws, cousins, all of her family.

She will not be forgotten but forever missed.

Collene is survived by her husband of 47 years, Wade Strunk; daughters Karen Dishneau and Lynette (Ben) Warhus; sons Ken Strunk and Brian (Emalee) Strunk; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and many other family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Eleanor Martinson; and her brother, Jack Martinson.

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Funeral Home
Cremation Society of Alaska/MatSu
5050 Dunbar Dr
Wasilla, AK US 99654