Anne Youngclaus Stratton
1942 - 2020
BORN
1942
DIED
2020
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Anne Youngclaus Stratton

Mequon - December 12, 1942 - January 1, 2020

Anne Stratton was born on 12/12/42, the same day (not date) as Frank Sinatra, as she liked to remind people. Anne grew up in Glenview, IL and attended Glenbrook High School before moving to Elm Grove, WI and graduating from Brookfield High School. A month or two after graduation, she met Fred Stratton. A year later they started dating, and after she graduated from Vassar College, they were married and stayed married for 55 1/3 years. After Fred's retirement, they moved to Naples, FL but continued to spend summers in Wisconsin.

After teaching post-college, Anne turned to raising their three children and writing articles and columns for local publications. She was the proud author of two published novels, Buried Heart and Buried Secrets. She loved serving the Milwaukee community through her work on the boards of Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the United Performing Arts Fund (first woman Board President), the Pabst Theater Foundation, and University School of Milwaukee. She was recognized for her commitment to the performing arts with the UPAF Stiemke Award in 1997, and for distinguished community service with the Mount Mary College Pro Urbe Award in 1995 and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation William C. Frye Award in 1998.

Anne was a BIG fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, a long-time season ticket holder who could be seen regularly in the stands wearing her bright yellow Brewers hat, and the author of a column ("Anne in the Stands") for the Brewers' website. She was particularly fond of Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Ryan Braun, Henry Aaron, Nate Hardwick, Bob Uecker, and Bud Selig.

Anne was known for her charm, quick wit, lively sense of humor, friendly and welcoming personality, compassion, empathy, openness to people and ideas, and her leadership ability. She was intelligent, kind, generous, inclusive, down-to-earth, and funny. She loved her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her parents, her brother, her cousins, her in-laws, and her college roommates. She enjoyed, her grandkids' concerts, plays, and athletic contests, and - following in her mother's footsteps - she would write backwards notes to them in her left-handed script. She liked dollhouses and making the dollhouse people fall down the stairs. She was a grammar ace and a lover of people, puns, family games, music (particularly rock 'n' roll), reading mystery novels, writing, perhaps math but definitely not arithmetic, talking, gardening, roses, theater, singing, the Gold Dusters, dancing, tennis, talking, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Brett Favre, Aaron Rogers, red convertibles, blue and turquoise, talking, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, the Gulf of Mexico, her lap pool, Turner Classic Movies, shoes, talking, vanilla ice cream and Culver's. She enjoyed the company of her book club, tennis group, gardening club, and writing group. And she was always known to be the first to dive into any pool, lake, or ocean, no matter how cold the water.

Anne died peacefully New Year's morning after a six-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. The family greatly appreciates the tender care provided by Ginny, Babette, Heidi, Sara, Devin, Mary, Felicia, Margaret, Laurie, the nurses of Aurora at Home Hospice, particularly Jennifer F, and the devoted attention of Ana.

She is survived by her husband Fred Stratton, their three children Margy (Greg Norman), Diane (Sandy Ballou), and Rick (Keri Sarajian), and nine grandchildren: Ellie, Mimi and Annie Norman, Charlie, Lucy and Henry Ballou, and Beckett, Jocelyn and Cameron Stratton. She was preceded in death by her brother William P. Youngclaus III and parents William P. Youngclaus, Jr. and Eleanor Barker Youngclaus.

Family will greet friends on Saturday, January 18th 2:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Christopher's Church, 7845 N. River Road in River Hills, WI, with a service honoring Anne's life to follow at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association (620 S. 76th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214) or the organization you most closely associate with Anne would be greatly appreciated.





Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2020.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. I only met your mom a couple times, but she was always easy to converse with.
Kim Kramer
Acquaintance
January 19, 2020
Beauton Puckett Patton
January 17, 2020
Anne will be greatly missed by the Milwaukee community. She was a tireless supporter of the arts and understood their importance in providing opportunities to and building diversity in Milwaukee and beyond. I especially appreciate her support of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and other unique local art groups.
Patricia Hanz
Friend
January 17, 2020
Margy - I didn't know your mom, only her imprint on you. She must have been a wonderful, kind and engaging woman. Hugs for your heart and soul. Peggy
Peggy Tracy
Acquaintance
January 17, 2020
We have lost a great patron of the arts community in Milwaukee. I was impacted by her generosity while a member of the Ko-Thi Dance Company Board in 1992. Mrs. Stratton and her husband served as Gala Chairs for our annual event. Her love for the arts was evident as she helped us raise the funds and attended Ko-Thi events.

May she rest in peace and may her husband Fred and her children find comfort in the memories that she helped create both within the family and the larger community.
Antoinette Mensah
January 16, 2020
My heart goes out to all the Strattons. I met Ann in the 90s though Tracy Gordon. I was so blown away at the closeness of the family and how welcoming and loving Ann was. I was privileged to be at many weddings, parties and joyous events in Mequon. Her spirit was palpable and infectious. She lives on in her family and all those who had the good fortune to meet her.
Much love,
Monica
Monica Boomgard
Acquaintance
January 10, 2020
I was a great admirer of Anne, especially her always upbeat personality and her leadership talents. We served on two boards together, sharing lots of duties as well as laughs.
She was a multi-talented woman who really enjoyed life. I was proud to call her my friend. She will be greatly missed.

Tony Petullo
Tony Petullo
January 10, 2020
linda cooper
Classmate
January 9, 2020
I got to know Anne and Fred through their daughter, Margy. She was an intern who worked for me for the summer while attending college. They were (are) remarkable people, who raised wonderful children. I feel so grateful to have known them, and am so sorry to hear of Anne's passing. My love and condolences to the family.
Tim Elverman
Friend
January 9, 2020
I knew Anne in high school only. She was one of the nicest girls in the school - always warm and friendly. A jewel. Will never forget her laugh and her voice.
Jim Vollmer
January 8, 2020
A lovely ray of sunshine with boundless energy and a warm, welcoming smile is how I will always remember Anne. She was such a pivotal figure in our Vassar Class of 1964, and her contributions to Vassar over her lifetime were extraordinary. Sincerest sympathies to her devoted family. Lovingly,
Christy Hoffman Brown '64
Christy Hoffman Brown
Classmate
January 8, 2020
a loved one
January 7, 2020
On behalf of everyone here at the Alzheimer's Association - thank you so much for thinking of us at this time of loss to your family. Memorial donations made in Anne's name will be put to immediate use serving families and supporting research. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave Grams, Executive Director
Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin Chapter
January 7, 2020
Fred, Cindy and I are very sad to hear of Annes passing. We will always remember her swimming visits to our raft, her cheerful disposition and kind words. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, may God comfort you all.
Scott Milne
Friend
January 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We pray that God will grant you comfort and grace .
George and Linda Bryant
George Bryant
January 6, 2020
She was a ture treasure and how lucky are we tio have known her She is so missed
Daphne bransten
Friend
January 5, 2020
Many memories of a wonderful friend. Sending our condolences.
David and Gretchen Bremer
January 5, 2020
Gretchen Gerlach Bremer
January 5, 2020

Our heartfelt memories are with the Stratton family.

Our boys played hockey with Rick at USM. At games, Anne and I would often discuss music and how much she liked The Kingston Trio. We visited her home with the entire team one day and Anne and Fred made everyone feel so welcome. We were lucky to have met Anne.

May God Bless the entire Stratton family.

Tom, LeAnn, Derek, Josh and Kristin Johnson
January 5, 2020
Anne Stratton was one of my adopted moms in high school. Coming of age without my own mother around was challenging, and I so appreciate Anne stepping in to give me guidance and love. learned so much from her, she had great impact on my life. She is one of the most graceful ladies I've ever had the privilege of knowing. She had values and ideals and she lived by them with kindness and generosity towards all.
Steffi Baker
Friend
January 5, 2020
I love you Anne - Billy
Bill Barker
Family
January 5, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Annes death. I remember her well when the boys played hockey at U School. She would come bounding in laughing and joking at the boys hockey games. Once she walked in with the Darling family wearing Albertas signature hat saying she was in politics now. It was terribly clever and very funny. She will be missed. She was a very bright light.
Eileen Kaczmarek
Chriss Mom
January 5, 2020
We shared many writing adventures together and along with her many other authorial buddies, I remember her delight in becoming published, an achievement she relished. RIP, dear Anne. Best to the family as well. May they take comfort in many years of happy memories because above all else, she adored Fred, her children, and their families.


Vicky Hinshaw
Friend
January 5, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Annes passing. I was a friend in Glenview through all our school years. So sorry for your familys loss. Prayers for peace for you all.
Dale (Davis) Considine
January 4, 2020
I loved her. She was my friend. Proud to say that.
Molly Abrohams
January 4, 2020
Sandy Lach Arlinghaus
January 4, 2020
What a beautiful obituary for a exceptional woman! My prayers and thoughts are with your
Family.
Kristi Dahlman
Acquaintance
January 4, 2020
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