Nancy Strawderman Stearn

August 10, 1943May 22, 2018

Mrs. Nancy Strawderman Stearn, 74, a resident of Rockingham, VA, died May 22, 2018 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab Center. A daughter of the late Alfred Leon and Frances Lambert Strawderman, she was born on August 10, 1943 in Harrisonburg. Nancy was a hairdresser for 36 years and a school bus driver for 34 ½ years for Rockingham County. She was a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and had worked for the Rockingham County Recreation Department Summer Playground Program for 10 years. Nancy was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Music for 36 years; and most recently attended Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market, VA. She was the author of a published book titled “Life at the Jail”. On June 8, 1963 she married DeLee Stearn of Rockingham, VA who survives. Also surviving is a sister, Joyce Early and husband “Charles” of Winchester, VA; a brother, Al “Dick” Strawderman, Jr. of Broadway; special friends, Phyllis Puffenberger, Linda Edmonds, Lois Bowman, Carolyn White, Dot Misner, Janet Messick and Sherrill Shafer; a number of nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Her father, Sheriff Al “Dick” Strawderman, preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1987 and her mother died on Jan. 24, 1999. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Lacey Springs Cemetery with Rev. Dan Agnew and Rev. Ray Edmonds officiating. There will be no public visitation and the family has requested no flowers.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave Ste 210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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  • DeLee Stearn, Husband
  • Joyce Early, Sister
  • "Charles" Early, Brother-in-law
  • Al "Dick" Strawderman, Jr., Brother
  • Phyllis Puffenberger, Special Friend
  • Linda Edmonds, Special Friend
  • Lois Bowman, Special Friend
  • Carolyn White, Special Friend
  • Dot Misner, Special Friend
  • Janet Messick, Special Friend
  • Sherrill Shafer, Special Friend
  • A Number Of, Nieces & Nephews
  • A Number Of, Great-Nieces & Great Nephews
  • Sheriff Al "Dick" Strawderman, Father
  • Frances Lambert Strawderman, Mother

  • Al "Dick" Strawderman, Jr. , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charles Early, Honorary Pallbearer

  • American Cancer Society


  • Graveside Service Friday, May 25, 2018

Nancy Strawderman Stearn

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Lois Huffman (PCHS)

May 30, 2018

Thinking of you at this sad time. May God Bless You.

Robert Long

May 26, 2018

Barbara and I are so heartbroken over Nancy's passing.
Please accept our prayers and may God's angels comfort you now and until the moment you two will be together again.

Mr and Mrs Ben Yarber

May 25, 2018

When I sold Avon, Nancy and her Mom were wonderful customers. ONE funny day, I stopped by to see them and the Cherry Tree, in FULL BLOOM, hit me in the head as I got out of my car there at the white fence. Leaning FORWARD....I closed the DOOR on my nose, breaking it!!! Nancy rushed out and rushed me inside while her Mom got ice. Imagine the story I had to tell at the hospital, to the insurance company and especially to my neighbor, Sharon, who drove me. We ALL lived on that very same little road (in those days). Nancy will be sorely missed. May God comfort the hearts of each of her precious survivors.

Gary Stickley

May 25, 2018

De Lee
I am so very sorry to learn of Nancy's passing. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Gary Stickley

Barbara Griffith

May 24, 2018

DeLee I was heart broken to hear if Ms. Nancy’s passing before I had a chance to get back out to see her. But know she is in a wonderful place now and get your strength from all the wonderful memories you have of her. I didn’t know her long but she touched a place in my heart and I can understand why everyone loved her so much. Thinking of you all at this time. Barbara Griffith (Carefree)

vickie landes

May 24, 2018

DeLee, Bruce and I are very sorry to hear of Nancy passing. She was a beautiful lady and will be missed greatly. Hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you had together. We are praying for you.

Robert Varner

May 23, 2018

De Lee and family,
we are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Nance and I shared a lot of time together driving school bus and she was a compassionate and well liked friend. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
May God give you comfort during this time of great sorrow.

Our deepest Sympathy to all

Robert and Irene Varner

Terri Hurley

May 23, 2018

Our earthly loss of such an awesome woman is heavens heavenly gain!!!! Prayers to DeLee, Barbara and family at this time but know that the shining stars out at night are Nancy shining down to let everyone know that everything is going to be ok!!!! Much love to you all!!!

Eldon. Bettie & Ray Layman

May 23, 2018

So sorry to hear of Nancy's passing - she will be sadly missed. Love and prayers to each of you during this difficult time

Selma (Mathias) Ferris

May 22, 2018

DeLee and Nancy's extended family, I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. I have fond memories of her leading the choir and remember her dedication to the yearly Christmas program. She will be missed, yet she still lives on in our happy memories. Take comfort that Nancy is in Heaven with her loved ones who preceded her there.