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Elizabeth J "Betty" Gaza Stratigos
Birth: Mar. 1, 1922
Will County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 2012
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Stratigos, 90, of South Bend, IN and Naples, FL, passed away August 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, her home for the past seven months. Born March 1, 1922 in Wilmington, Illinois to Czechoslovakian immigrants Elizabeth and Martin Gaza, Betty was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received a diploma from the Lutheran Deaconess Nursing School.

She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1945 and served at Fort Custer, Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she met and married Joseph S. Stratigos, her husband of 66 years.

Joe and Betty lived in New York, Evanston, IL and South Bend, where they raised four daughters. For 30 years, they spent every winter at their home in Naples. Betty was a nurse, community volunteer and activist. Betty became active in child abuse prevention and founded a local chapter of Parents Anonymous. Betty later convinced her local congressman, John Hiler, to present a congressional bill to recognize and focus attention on this national problem. In 1983, Betty was present in Washington, D.C. as April was officially proclaimed National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

She and Joe served as host parents and welcomed foreign high school and university students to their home from Denmark, Japan, Greece, Lebanon, Egypt and South Africa. Many of those friendships forged years ago still endure 40 years later.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Joseph. She is survived by four daughters, Mary Bryant and Susan Stratigos-Scanlon (Thomas) of Indianapolis, Diana (Kevin) Garvey of Hudson, OH, Anne Ganser of Lafayette; and grandchildren Brian, Elliot, and Kyle Garvey, Stephanie Gustine, Theresa and John Ganser, and Sarah Scanlon. 
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  Elisabeth Danko Gaza (1901 - 1995)
  Joseph Spyridon Stratigos (1922 - 2010)
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Highland Cemetery
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Created by: William Taber
Record added: Aug 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94736630
Elizabeth J Betty <i>Gaza</i> Stratigos
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Elizabeth J Betty <i>Gaza</i> Stratigos
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Elizabeth J Betty <i>Gaza</i> Stratigos
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May her memory be eternal
- Mrs Ward
 Added: Aug. 3, 2012
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