April 3, 1946 ~ November 8, 2021

Born in: Brooklyn, New York
Resided in: Fremont, California

 Mary Lou Strack was born to Fay Althea Yorke Strack and Louis Patrick Strack on April 3, 1946. Fay and Lou were married in 1945 in Calcutta, India. Fay met her husband in India where he was stationed in the Army. Taking his war bride to his home in NY, NY on January 12th 1945. Mary Lou arrived April 3rd the following year.  They were so excited to have a daughter. When Mary was 1 1/2 years of age, her mom and dad packed up the car and moved West to California. Her brother Ted came in 1950 followed by Walt in 1955.
Unfortunately, Mary’s father Lou passed away when she was only 19 years old. She would of made him proud. After graduating from Washington High School in Fremont in 1964, she went on to college graduating from Cal State Hayward in 1968.  While attending college she received a scholarship award from “The American Business Women’s Association.”
After college she started her teaching career that lasted over 36 years. She loved her work with children, especially with having none of her own. She taught 3rd grade and mostly Kindergarten at Niles Elementary school.
Then the nieces and nephews came. In order: Patricia, Stacy, Adam, Nathan, and Stephanie. Later came the great niece and nephews: Patricia’s son, Sean came first. He was IT for 7 years before Starla, Judah and Elijah came. She LOVED, LOVED, LOVED all those kids. She was very generous with her time and gifts. (Books especially) She once wrote: My favorite people are children.
Mary inherited her fathers’ love and talent of art. She really enjoyed glass artwork, pottery and drawing. Mary also loved to travel. She enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Europe and many places throughout the U.S.
Mary is survived by her brothers:  Theodore P. Strack and Walter S. Strack. Sister-in-law Ellen Strack. Nieces and Nephews: Patricia Baca-Roux, her husband Brandon, Stacy Hernandez, her husband Lucas, Adam Strack, his wife Kim, Nathan Pratt, and Stephanie Strack: Great nephews: Sean Baca, Judah Hernandez, and Elijah Strack: Great niece: Starla Strack.  Her sister-in-law, Connie Strack has preceded her in death.  Mary was married in 1977 and her ex-husband, Jerry Korn has also preceded her in death.


Funeral Service: December 2, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


Room: Garden Chapel

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  1. CandleI am so sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Korn. My son, Joey, had Mrs. Korn as his Kindergarten teacher at Niles School. She knew how to balance loving support and focused guidance to her students. I have the utmost respect for her. My love and prayers go out to her and her family. Sincerely, Shari Novotny

  2. CandleMrs Korn – You are one of my most memorable teachers at Niles Elementary. I remember going back to visit you all the time after school just to say hi and you would ALWAYS take the time to engage with me. Thank you for sharing your love with all of us.

  3. CandleMary, I always loved your visits to my salon over the 40 or more years. We shared everything that was happening in our lives, the good and the bad. I loved hearing about all your kids as you called them, you were such a dedicated teacher and mentor to them. And your art was amazing!
    I will think of you in the afterlife surrounded by children and beautiful art. You will be missed.

  4. CandleA true friend since the first day of 8th grade. For us that was 61 years. Mary was always a giver. Sometimes stuborn. Always with a smile.


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