Alma J. Strain

Alma J. Strain

Alma J. Strain

Jan. 30, 1929 – May 25, 2019

Alma J. Strain passed away May 25, 2019, at the Wilber Care Center. She was born Jan. 30, 1929, at the farm home of parents Joseph and Christina Kraus in Seward County near Pleasant Dale. She attended country school in Seward County and Crete High School. On May 21, 1945, Alma married Robert Kovar. They lived on a farm north of Crete for five years. In 1950 they moved to a ranch in Wheeler County near Bartlett. Then, in 1951, they returned to Crete, resided in town and operated a trucking business.

In 1958 they sold the business and Robert went to work for the F&M Oil Company at Crete, where he worked until his death in March 1969 as a result of the anhydrous ammonia disaster. In 1956 Alma went to work at Formfit Rogers. In her early years she was active in her children’s lives as a 4-H leader and with the Sokol gym group. In later years she was active in volunteering for the following organizations: American Legion Auxiliary, Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, bloodmobiles, Veterans Hospital in Lincoln and the American Red Cross. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and fellowship with everyone she knew. In 1975, she married Charles Strain.

Alma is survived by her children, Diana Pomajzl, Agnes Snyder, Roberta (Richard) Strain and Jodi (Dennis) Schlake; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; brother, Alvin Kraus; sisters, Irene Boshart and Mabel Sysel; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Kovar; son, Gayle Kovar; husband, Charles Strain; and brothers, Richard, Leonard, Robert and Bernard.  

A service was held May 30, 2019, at the United Church of Christ First Congregational Church in Crete. Memorial contributions may be made to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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