Birdie V. SramekDecember 26, 1909 – August 18, 2004
Birdie V. Sramek, 94, of Rifle died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at E. Dene Moore Nursing Home.There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum. Pastor Mark Opstein of Faith Fellowship Church of Rifle will officiate. Visiting hours will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Rifle Funeral Home chapel.Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.She was born Dec. 26, 1909, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the daughter of Ora W. and Essie (Wood) Stevenson. She spent her childhood in Nebraska.She married Frank A. Sramek on Nov. 9, 1929, in Oberlin, Kan. He preceded her in death in April 1998 in Rifle.In 1919, Birdie moved with her family to Atwood, Kan., and graduated from Atwood Community High School in 1927. She attended Fort Hays Teachers College and taught for 10 years in the schools of rural Rawlins County, Kan. After marriage, the couple lived on a farm near Atwood until 1936 when, because of drought, they moved to Tryon, Neb., and later to Iowa, where they farmed. In 1946, they moved to a ranch in Carbondale, and in 1956, they moved to a ranch on Main Elk Creek north of New Castle. Birdie returned to teaching from 1956 to 1972 in Garfield County School District Re-2. She received a bachelor of arts from Gunnison.She retired in 1972 and moved with her husband to Longview, Texas, to be with her sons and then moved back to Rifle in 1998.She was always very active in her church, working with young people and teaching Sunday school. She worked with the Well Spring prison ministry in Texas. She loved the outdoors and made a study of rocks and wildflowers, cooked, read and played the piano.She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church of Rifle and the Retired Teachers Association.Survivors include her sons, Deloit Sramek and his wife, Patty, of Longview, and Conrad Sramek and his wife, Annette, of New Castle; a brother, Joe Stevenson and his wife, Evelyn, of Clearfield, Iowa; grandchildren Marlana Casey and Karla Melton, both of Florida; great-grandchildren Bradley Melton of Florida, and Downy and Brian Casey of Texas; and numerous nieces.In addition to her husband, her daughter, Delores, and three brothers, Friend, Noble and Harry Stevenson, preceded her in death.The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Fellowship Church, PO Box 95, 229 West Ave., Rifle, CO 81650.Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Fellowship Church, PO Box 95, 229 West Ave., Rifle, CO 81650.
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