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FROM READERS: Edna Strader plans 100th birthday celebration

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 4:24 p.m. CST; updated 5:58 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tom Strader is Edna’s youngest son. He was born in Columbia in 1950 and graduated from Hickman High in 1968.

Edna Strader Kaestner, who lived in Columbia from 1939 to 2001, celebrates her 100th birthday with family on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

Two celebrations are planned. One is with family and friends on Saturday Feb. 11 and another one is at Briarcliff Assisted Living facility on Feb. 15. Saturday’s celebration will take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, Kan. The event will be hosted by Harry and Darene Strader and Tom and Theresa Strader.

Edna’s two sons, Harry L. Strader and wife Darlene, of Topeka, Kan. and Tom D. Strader and wife Theresa of Shawnee, Kan., organized the celebration to include Edna’s three grandkids, David, Anne, & Mary from Albuquerque, N. M., three of her five great-grandkids from N.M., two nieces from the Kansas City area as well as nieces from Sedalia, Mo., Linda Morris, and Houston, Texas, Marilyn Morris. Over 30 family and guests are expected for the celebration.

Edna was born to Wayland and Eta Mae Scott on February 15, 1912 in Houstonia, Mo. She married Harry Strader in 1936 and lived in Sedalia before moving to Columbia in 1939. Harry passed away in 1956 then in 1958 Edna married Alfred Kaestner and they lived in Columbia before Al passed away in 1986. Edna lived alone in Columbia until she moved to Liberty, Mo. in 2001 and on to Topeka in 2006.

Edna currently lives in an assisted living complex in Topeka, Kans. where she continues to be loyal to MIZZOU and continues to “insist” that she’s from Missouri and a Tiger…not a Jayhawk! She doesn’t miss listening to Mizzou football or basketball games.

Edna is a member of the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame and loves crocheting. She would love to hear from her friends! Please send mail to: 3224 SW 29th Street, Apt. 40, Topeka, Kansas 66614.

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