Olga Songg-Stratton

Mass of Christian Burial for Olga M. Songg-Stratton, 59, Lawrence will be 10 am Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  She died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial

Olga was born April 21, 1952 in San Jose, Costa Rica, the daughter of Jose Joaquin Songg and Alba Pinto.  She was of the Catholic Faith.

She was a graduate of the University of Costa Rica with a BA Degree. Olga worked at the Lawrence Public Library as the Inter Library Loan Coordinator. 

She married John Stratton on April 21, 1990 in Lindsborg, KS.  He survives of the home. 

Other survivors include: her parents, Jose and Alba, San Jose, Costa Rica; her son Matthew W. Burge, Kansas City, Kansas; two sisters, Eugenia Songg, San Jose, Costa Rica and Ana Lucia Songg, and a brother, Jorge Songg, both of New York City, NY.

Olga loved sunsets over the prairie and the sea.  She was a vivacious person in life, who loved her Family and her Faith.

She will lie in state after 2 pm, Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, where the family will greet friends from 7 to 8:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Oncology Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

21 Condolences

  1. Gene Bales on April 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    John–I was so sad to hear of Olga’s death–it had only been a short time before that I had heard of her declining health. The world was a much better place for her sweetness and her liveliness. Deborah and I both send our condolences to you.

  2. Maria Butler on April 9, 2012 at 11:27 am


    I’m so sad. I will never forget Olga singing “Lo que pasa es que la banda esta borracha.” And calling me a bruja. She was so much fun and I know you will miss her terribly. My thoughts are with you. Maria

  3. Barbara Michener on April 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Olga loved a poem I cannot remember but it was about friendship and roses, just a couple of lines. I always think of that when I think about what kind of person she was. She is already very much missed. My heart goes out to John and her very close and lovely family, and the close family friend whose name has escaped me but starts with H!

  4. Sheila Orth on April 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland


  5. Margaret on April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    John, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Olga.

  6. Margaret on April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    My apologies for not including my last name on the previous entry.

  7. Joanne King on April 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Having worked with Olga for the past 11 years, I will deeply miss her sweet face and lively personality in our office. She’s a wonderful person and will stay in our hearts.

  8. Val on April 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    John, words can’t express how sorry I am to hear of Olga’s passing. Please know, I’m here if you need to talk and understand if you’re not ready.

  9. Jennie Hall and the Hall family on April 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    We received the word this morning at the McPherson Library and I am so sad to hear of the loss of a treasured friend and a wonderful mentor. John and Matthew – our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that Olga is remembered with much love and a multitude of wonderful memories from the 5 years we worked side by side at the circulation desk. She had the rare gift of being both a supervisor and a friend. I owe her so much for teaching and mentoring me through my early years at the library. Our two children have sweet memories of Olga’s many kindnesses to them. She truly made an impact on our lives with her joyful spirit, her ready smile, and her rich supply of love and friendship.

  10. Mark Messenger on April 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Olga’s passing. To John and your family – my sincere condolences.

  11. Jana Krentz on April 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Olga’s passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Vicki Birdwell on April 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Olga will be missed greatly. Sorry to hear of your loss.

  13. Elizabeth on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Matt, thinking of you at this time. Cherish the memories of your mother and they will last a lifetime. Free of pain and in God’s hands. Take Care,

  14. Verna Froese on April 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

    John, what a beautiful lady! Death always comes too soon for those we love. Thank God for the 22 years you were blessed with her as a soul mate. Praying you will find comfort and wholeness.

  15. Heather Braum on April 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    To the staff at Lawrence Public Library and to Olga’s family, my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Olga will be greatly missed by the Kansas library community.

  16. Jeromy Horkman on April 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

    John — We are so very sad and thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

    Jeromy and Liz

  17. Susan Twombly on April 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    John and Family,

    I am so sorry to learn of Olga’s death. I did not know her but her picture does justice to the description of her being a vivacious person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Olga’s family.

    Susan Twombly

  18. Jennifer Church-Duran on April 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    John, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I only had the honor of meeting Olga a few times, I was always struck by her humor and warmth. I will always remember the stories you both told about her father and family in Costa Rica. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Jen

  19. Denise, Randy, Kellee, Rilee on April 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    John and Matt, we are so very sorry to hear of Olga’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers. I have so many wonderful memories of you all – like Olga trying to teach me to dance. 🙂

  20. Vilma Silverman on April 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

    John, I am very sorry to hear about Olga’s passing. I have wonderful memories of her throughout the years. She was a wonderful friend. I will always cherish my memories of her smile, her great sense of humor, her laughter and her joy for life’s moments.
    I wish you strength and the comfort of all your friends and family. It is terrible to realize there is nothing I can tell you that will make your burden lighter. Please, give Matt my condolences too.
    In solidarity, a big hug to you.
    Vilma Silverman

  21. JoAnn Crist on April 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    John, Olga’s stories and laughter and wonderful spirit will live on in my memory. One example is when she took dishes to her mom in Costa Rica and wanted to show her how they were unbreakable, so she threw one on the floor…..and it shattered into pieces! Another was when she was still learning the English language and was giving her condolences on the phone to someone who had lost a loved one…..she kept telling them, “I’m so impressed!” and you were in the background saying, “No, no, you’re not impressed,” but Olga kept repeating, “Yes, yes, I am soooo impressed.” I am thinking that NOW she is definitely saying that. LOVE LOVE LOVE that girl!

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