Elise Marie Strickland

August 19, 1978November 26, 2018
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Suddenly on November 26, 2018, Elise Marie Strickland (40) of Elkridge, Maryland passed away. Elise was the beloved daughter of Debra Ann Winkowski and her husband Harry and Bernard Ruzewski, III; Devoted mother of Madison Lynn Shertinger, Cole Anthony Lee Strickland and Isla Ann Marie Strickland; Loving sister of Bernard William Ruzewski, Sr. and his wife Sarah Hutton, Janell Lynn Winkowski, Jamie Lynn Ruzewski and Cordell Brooks Ruzewski; cherished grandmother of Estelle Marie Warner; dear companion of Chris Harrington. Also survived by her loving aunts, uncles, 3 nephews and 1 niece. Family and friends are invited to gather at Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc. 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Maryland 21075 (Exit 6 South off Route 100) on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00pm where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 pm. Inurnment private. Family wishes donations to be made in Elise's name to SMART Recovery. and click donations tab for online donations or mail checks to SMART Recovery, 7304 Mentor Ave., Suite F, Mentor, Ohio 44060.


  • Debra Ann Winkowski (Harry), Mother
  • Bernard Stanley Ruzewski, III, Father
  • Chris Harrington, Companion
  • Madison Lynn Shertinger, Daughter
  • Cole Anthony Lee Strickland, Son
  • Isla Ann Marie Strickland, Daughter
  • Bernard William Ruzewski Sr., Brother
  • Janell Lynn Winkowski, Sister
  • Jamie Lynn Ruzewski, Sister
  • Cordell Brooks Ruzewski, Brother
  • Estelle Marie Warner, Granddaughter
  • Also survived by her loving aunts, uncles, 3 nephews and 1 niece.


  • Gathering Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Justin Carlson

December 8, 2018

This past 10 days has been a tornado of emotions and amazing memories. We had an amazing connection, through high school and after you moved to Maryland. I miss you so much more now that you're gone. I know you are at peace now, and don't have to fight anymore. You were and always will be family to me. I Love you and miss you to the moon and back hun. Fly high and check in from time to time... RIP Elise

Karrie Carey

December 8, 2018

As your friends and family celebrate your life today there will be lots of tears shed but also lots of laughs and memories of good times! You blessed me with 2 of my very favorite people in this whole world and I will be forever grateful to you for that, I am so sorry that you are gone and I know that you will watch over them and I hope you can rest easy knowing that they are more loved and supported than any 2 kids could ever be! RIP Elise

Gabrielle Riley

November 30, 2018

I am just blown away. I have so many things I want to say but then I also just feel speechless and broken. Say hello to everyone up there Elise, I will never forget your slight New York accent, your big bright smile and your contagious laughter.

Ryan Twigg

November 30, 2018

I'm going to miss seeing you around like 4:05 alarm it was nice seeing you and your kids you're in a better place now I know it

Rose Aquila

November 29, 2018

I know your hearts are breaking but just know she is very happy now. God brought one of his precious children home with him. Her grandma loves her and she knows how much love you have for her.
God bless all of you and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Aunt Rose

Rosemary Neff

November 28, 2018

Elise, I have know you before your were born. No I am not blood but you are my niece. No one was ready for this but I guess your work hear was done. In my heart forever, thank you for letting me be a part of your life. Love u always , Auntie Rose

Debbie Strickland

November 28, 2018

Elise was my daughter in law for a few years & blessed me with 2 of my grandchildren Cole & Isla . We had good times & some not so good but never did I imagine God would take her so soon. Rest in peace Elise you will be surely missed.

Dawn McElligott

November 28, 2018

When Deb was pregnant with a very big Elise, I remember the day well when she was born. A big 9 lbs. She was so pudgy and happy. I babysat all the time and was "the cool Aunt". LOL

When Angela passed(her cousin) and you carried a candle in her memory as her sponsor at her confirmation, I was so in awe and proud of you to help me celebrate a memory of my own daughter. Now I will do my best to help my sister do the same.

God has a plan for her. Her life will live on in memories, pictures and many stories. She is with the beautiful Angels showing her all that Paradise has to offer her and us with her someday down the road.

I love you, miss you and until we meet again, GOD SPEED SWEET ANGEL!!!

LOVE YOU~Aunt Dawn