February 4, 1924 - October 19, 2017
Margaret “Marge” Farina Strenger passed away at home in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. She was the queen of glam, even after she lost her eyesight 17 years ago. With her spirited personality she was a friend to all who knew her—always a storyteller and the life of the party.
Born in 1924, she grew up in Brooklyn, New York, as the youngest of 10. As a legal assistant, she met Lester Strenger, one of the lawyers at the firm, who rode extra floors in the elevator just to talk to her. He hired her as his assistant and then married her. She forever loved entertaining and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter, as well as her extended family. After leaving New York for a two-year tour in Nuremberg, Germany, she and her family relocated to Dallas in 1970. After Lester’s retirement, they enjoyed traveling to visit family; Mexico and Europe were their favorite haunts. She loved being in close proximity to her children and spending time with her grandchildren—playing, taking them to the mall, orthodontist appointments, attending band competitions, football games, and introducing them to the fine arts.
As her siblings aged, she graciously took both her brother and sister in (twice) when they needed extra assistance and cared for them until their final days.
After 67 years of marriage, fun, and travel, and a loving relationship with Lester that was an inspiration for all, he predeceased her in 2014. Sadly, her daughter, Edie Heasty, predeceased both of them in 2013. In recent years, Marge enjoyed girls’ night out and hair coloring parties with her best friend, Val Connolly, who was always there when she needed her.
She will be remembered for her dynamic energy, love of food, polka dots and ability to carry on when life gets you down.
She is survived by her son Lou Strenger and his wife Ellen; her son-in-law Allan Heasty; her grandchildren David Heasty and Linda Kerr; and her great grandchildren Alex and Anna, who affectionately called her “GiGi.”
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252