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Alvina O. Stropp

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Alvina O. Stropp passed away peacefully after a short illness at James River Care Center in Springfield on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Al, as she was known to her friends and family, was born Oct. 13, 1916, to William and Agnes Oberste in Hartman, Ark. She grew up in the Clarksville, Ark., area and graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class. The family moved to Malden in the Depression days of the '30s. Alvina started her career there as a hair stylist. There she met the man and love of her life, Ralph Stropp, and they married on March 30, 1945, right after World War II. She, along with partner Ann Hendricks, owned and operated Ann's Beauty Shop for 52 years until her retirement in 1987. She moved to Springfield to be closer to her son, Mike. She lived at the Montclair Retirement Community until 2006 when she moved to Lakewood Assisted Living because of her declining health. Al loved people and loved great conversation. She loved her church and was a devout Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Agnes Oberste, her dear husband Ralph in 1977, and brothers Paul, Carl, Ralph, Marcellus and Jerome, plus sisters Margaret and Philomene Oberste.

She is survived by her son Michael and wife, Jan, of Springfield; her sister Loretta Petry of Ste Genevieve; one niece, Judy Heidledge and family of Columbia; three nephews, Dr. Tom Petry and family of St. Louis, Dr. Steve Oberste and family of Atlanta and Joe P. Connelly of Dallas, Texas.

Al was a woman of great courage, tremendous faith, outstanding moral character and the tenacity of a lion. She loved the game of golf and believed it taught a lot of lessons about life. She instilled it in those around her everyday.

Her infectious smile and winning personality will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

A very special thanks to the staff at The Montclair, Lakewood Assisted Living and James River Care for making her feel at home. A very special thanks also to Dr. James T. Rogers, M.D., who made her feel special as a patient.

Visitation was Thursday evening, April 22, at Greenlawn East Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial was on Friday, April 23 at a graveside service in Malden.

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Ann and Alvina alway got me out of trouble. I'd go to cowboy shows in Malden every Saturday afternoon and evening. Someone would ALWAYS put chewing gum in my hair. Mama (Vivien Anderson) would take me to the beauty shop to have it removed....I (little Judy Anderson) always got into trouble. But I love Ann and Alvina. I even asked if one of the would put a Toni Home Permanent in my hair - they didn't - I had to sit under one of those monster machine that burned my hair. I escaped and now I live in North Carolina.

-- Posted by Swamprat on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 6:03 PM

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