Verna M. Strunk, age 97, died at Sebastian River Medical Center on April 12, 2011. She was born in Michigan City, Indiana and had lived in the Sebastian/Barefoot Bay area for 25 years, moving from Onekama,Michigan. Before retirement, she was a kindergarten teacher in a Lutheran grade school in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School and had a teaching certificate from County Normal College in Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, Christian, in November, 2010. Survivors include daughter, Kathleen VanDerHulst, of Holland, Michigan and son, Robin Strunk of Stevensville, Michigan. She is also survived by several grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on April 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Schumann Drive and US 1, Sebastian. A committal service for Verna and Christian will be on May 14, 2011 at North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma, Michigan. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Sebastian, Florida. Guestbook at


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April 24, 2011

My parents ,Ed & Clem Lewis were friends of Verna & Chris in Sebastian. Chris taught my Dad to carve birds. In recent years I took Mom to see Verna & Chris when I came to visit. Last August we lost Mom nine months after we lost Dad. It makes me think of your Mom & Dad together again.They were good people. God bless them all. Joyce Lewis Roof

john strunk

April 23, 2011

Many of my earliest memories inclde good times together with aunt Verna.l'm so glad we got to visit again in march.
I was a student at st matt's when she taught there but l was in the upper grades by that time.
We have all been very blessed to have her in our lives.
John Strunk