In memory of

Edward A.”Ed” Stremcha, age 80 of Helena

July 7, 1938 – November 25, 2018

Ed Stremcha, 80, passed away November 25, 2018 from complications of a heart attack with his family by his side.

Ed was born to Joe and Bessie Stremcha on July 7, 1938 in Havre, Montana.  Ed was raised on a farm north of Havre, and graduated from Havre High School in 1957.  In 1958 Ed met the love of his life Georgia Larson, and they were wed two years later in the summer of 1960.

In 1971 Ed and his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he worked as a machinist for the Alaska Railroad until April 1994.  While in Alaska, Ed enjoyed hunting moose and caribou, salmon and halibut fishing, gardening, traveling around the state, and taking in the annual sled dog races.

After retiring from the railroad, Ed and Georgia returned to Montana to be closer to family and enjoy their new adventure.  They settled in Helena where Ed was an active member of the community, and was always available to help out his neighbors when needed.  Ed enjoyed spending his retirement years gardening, canning, cooking, spending time with family, and especially sharing stories about his life.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia, parents, and grandson Benjamin.

Ed is survived by his children Julie (Doug) O’Brien of Anchorage, Alaska, Laurie Barrett of Malta, Montana, and Kathy (Brad) Thompson of Belgrade, Montana; sister Carolyn Green, brothers Fred Stremcha and Bobby Stremcha; grandchildren Shane (Richelle) Barrett, Shiloh Barrett, Cheyenne (Dwight) Score, Christopher (Amanda) O’Brien, Alexander (Hannah) O’Brien; seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ed’s name to St. Peters Foundation for the Diabetes Program Fund, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601; or Providence Montana Health Foundation for the St. Patrick House, 502 West Spruce Street, Missoula, MT 59802. A Celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30th at Retz Funeral Home, 315 East 6th Ave, Helena. A coffee and cookie reception will follow the service at the funeral home. Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Ed.


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  1. Thoughts and prayers with you all, remembering all the fun times at the north side home. He was a great uncle. Miss him.
    Barry and Ann Remus
    Carolyn Green
    Bill Green

  2. Paul Stremcha says

    I had not seen uncle Ed in a long time. The picture on his memorial page is exactly how I will remember him. Great smile!

  3. Diane Gehlen says

    Julie, Laurie & Kathy,
    I was saddened to hear of your dear dad’s passing. He was a very kind man and always had a quick smile for all. How he loved his family! May he Rest In Peace.
    Love & Prayers,
    Diane Gehlen

  4. Debra Molitor says

    our prayers go out to his family.

  5. Judy & Bernie Rosenberger says

    Our thoughts are with you all. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Ed and Georgia lived across the road from my mom Penny Moore in the condos off Davis Street.
    He was a genuine Jewel who cared for all he came in contact. The picture you used is exactly how I remember seeing him.
    He definitely provided our family many stress free hours knowing he was there for mom.
    Wishing you peace as you begin the chapter of memories…
    Sue Moore
    Polson MT

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