Anita Marie Strack

December 27, 1950 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Anita Strack Obituary

Anita Marie Strack, 73, of Tolono passed away peacefully on February 3, 2024, at Tuscola Health Care Center in Tuscola, IL.

Anita was born on December 27, 1950, in Urbana, the first of three children to Urban and Evelyn Ochs. Anita married Ferrell Strack on October 25, 1975; he survives. Anita is also survived by a daughter, Amanda Alagna (Dave) of Philo, and her son, Colby (Laura) of Champaign. Anita will also be missed by her beagle, Sadie Mae, who will now comfort and look after Ferrell.

Anita’s grandchildren were the apples of her eye. She leaves behind a cherished granddaughter, Adrian Johnson (Jonah), grandsons Chase Strack and Logan Wilson (Courtney Tepe), and great grandson, Colson Johnson. Anita was also grandmother to Savannah and Avery Alagna.

Also surviving Anita are her sister, Helen (Mike) Birtcher of Tolono, her brother, Maynard (Cathy Nippe) Ochs of York, NE, and brother-in-law, Skip (Diane) Strack of Sidney. She is also survived by three nieces and their families. Anita was a very special great aunt to Caden, Quinn, Royce, and Chloe. She was a bonus mom and grandma to many, providing support and making all feel special and loved.

Anita is preceded in death by her parents and beloved son, Ferrell Wayne Strack (infant).

Anita graduated from Unity High School in 1968 and then attended cosmetology school. She babysat in the home and then worked as a cashier at Jerry's IGA on Kirby in Champaign for many years.

Anita was known as the “Queen Bee” by those who loved her most. She enjoyed gambling and watching her children and grandchildren at all their sporting activities. She spent many nights and weekends crammed onto bleachers at football games, wrestling meets, and baseball/softball games. She was known for her kindness and love for her family. Anita was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Tolono.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Freese Funeral Home 407 N. Bourne, Tolono. Rosary will be at 4:30 PM at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 AM, Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tolono, with Father Patrick O’Neal officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tolono Fire Protection District in memory of Anita.

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February 9, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Freese Funeral Home
407 N. Bourne Street
Tolono, IL 61880

Funeral Mass
February 10, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church (Tolono)


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