Kenny Stratz
(1998 - 2009)

Kenny Stratz

June 3, 1998

September 30, 2009

In the early morning hours of September 30th, we lost our beloved Kenny. While we attempt to come to terms with our new reality, we take solace in knowing that we are so very fortunate to have been part of his too-short life.

Friends, family, neighbors, teachers…we were all touched in some way by Kenny. We will always remember his outgoing personality, boundless charm, and creative wit.

Many of us have stories that illustrate these qualities that he possessed in such abundance. From the Elvis shtick at the 2004 Clifford Elementary Halloween party to the way he mimicked the telemarketers calling from Mumbai when he answered the phone at dinner time, lego airplanes, camping at New Brighton, snowmobiling and sledding in the mountains, waves at the beach, The Tech, Hiller, movies, music, drawing, and lets not forget his morning ritual: a quiet bowl of cereal over the morning newspaper. He was all of this and more.

Please use this site as an opportunity to share your memories while we celebrate Kenny's life.

October 22nd

It has now been three weeks since our Kenny left us. In this time, we are experiencing the entire spectrum of emotions as we relive the joy that was Kenny and feel the pain and sorrow of his passing. We also feel a tremendous debt of gratitude over the outpouring of support from friends and relatives. And so we offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us through this incredibly difficult time. We consider this a true sign of the impact that our Kenny had on so many of you. He was one of a kind.
As for this website, we are not sure how much longer it will stay up, so please take a moment to view the pictures (there are some new ones) and sign in as a guest, leave a “candle”, or post a favorite story or memory of Kenny. We are soon going to have a book made from all of the many contributions to this site and very much want to include yours.
Thank you again for all of your love and support. We couldn’t have made it to this point without you.
Paul, Erika and Kathryn


NEW UPDATE (09/29/2010)
Paul, Erika and Kathryn will be holding an open house to celebrate and remember Kenny's life on Saturday, October 2 between 5pm - 8pm.


UPDATE (01/22/2010)
Please sign up to continue to bring meals to Erika, Paul & Kathryn! We are going to continuing doing this through Summer 2010. It's been a GREAT help to them so let's keep them coming. Please click on the "DONATE" tab above to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Goddard at


We now have set a Wells Fargo account in Kenny's name for donations (in lieu of flowers). Click on the "DONATE" tab above for the details. Please don't use the link to the left to order flowers! That's part of the site that I couldn't remove or edit.


Kenny's memorial service is scheduled for 4pm on Thursday, October 8th at St. Charles Church. 880 Tamarack Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070 *** PLEASE WEAR YOUR BEST BEACH CASUAL FOR THE SERVICE. KENNY WOULD WANT IT THIS WAY! (PAUL WILL BE IN HIS FINEST HAWAIIAN SHIRT) ***


Join us for a reception immediately following the service for Kenny. We are kindly asking those wishing to contribute to the food that they bring a dozen of their best HOMEMADE chocolate chip cookies. Kenny's truly favorite dessert. Any questions please contact Laura at


Please share your stories about Kenny with us! Click on the "STORIES" tab or simply click on the section below.


Please post pictures & videos of you and your family with Kenny and the Stratz family if you have them! You can post and view all the pictures by clicking on the "PHOTOS" or "VIDEO" tab above. The website requires me to approve any new pictures that have been uploaded (I don't know why). Please email me at if you upload pictures or videos so I can be sure they are viewable by everyone (or click the "Contact site creator" in the box in the upper right corner). Thanks! Rob


At the very least, please visit the "GUEST BOOK" and let Paul & Erika know you're here! We all loved Kenny from the depths of our hearts and we'll miss him dearly. Thanks for taking the time to visit the site and remembering Kenny.


Guest Book Wall (What is this?)

Hover your mouse over the wall images to see each guest book entry.

Guest Book (312 entries)
Dear Kenny,

Nineteen today - thinking of you.

Love, Poppa and Grandma
Marilyn Stratz (Grandmother)
June 3rd, 2017
My dear Kenny, I awakened to the sounds of birds singing yesterday and my thoughts turned to you. I thought of your laughter, your beautiful blue eyes, your quick wit and all of the joy you brought to us. I miss you and the feel of your hand in mine.
I know that you are safe in heaven with all of the other angels including Gigi.
I picture you riding on each rainbow with that beautiful smile of yours.
I will always love you, Grandma
Marsha Johansen (Grandma)
October 1st, 2015
Thanks for the shiny new penny you left on the sidewalk today. You a dearly missed around here. You would be so amazed at what a beautiful, thoughtful and loving young lady Kathryn has become. I hope you are enjoying your unlimited Nintendo DS time. Keep sending those pennies!!!!
Karen Wray (friend )
September 30th, 2015
Dear Kenny,

Thinking of you today and every day.

Love, Poppa and Grandma
Marilyn Stratz (Grandmother)
September 30th, 2015
I wish you were here. To laugh at me,to tease me, but also to encourage me. I miss you.
Kathryn (sister)
February 11th, 2015
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"Happy Birthday, Kenny Love, Poppa and Grandma"
Marilyn Stratz
June 4th, 2015
"hey buddy, thanks for helping me through tough times when i needed help, you're always here for me. really missing you now"
Conner Jeung-Wesoloski
March 26th, 2015
"18b Thinking of you all this week and sending love."
Karen Mahon
October 1st, 2014
"Kenny - my daughter, Kahlea, is your age - born in 2008. She played with you once or twice and enjoyed your company. You made an impact with your spirit every time we met you. Your parents are dear friends - we miss you buddy!"
Mark Haladwala
September 30th, 2014
"I will always remember the day. I think of Kenny and your family ever Sept. to you all."
Kathy Picchi
September 30th, 2014
"Dear Kenny, Thinking of you today - your favorite pizza, Sprite and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Love, Poppa and Grandma"
Marilyn Stratz
September 30th, 2014
"Happy Birthday dear Kenny Keep riding free on those beautiful rainbows. We love you and miss you."
Grandma and Da Johansen
June 4th, 2014
"We're thinking of you and your family today. Love, Poppa and Grandma"
Marilyn Stratz
September 30th, 2013
"Hey Mister! You're 15 now and probably taller than your mom. I hope there are good tunes to listen to and plenty of cool snacks up there. Say hello to Joanna and Jack for me until we meet again. Love always, Diane"
Diane Levinthal
June 21st, 2013
"It's your birthday today, Kenny. I can feel your presence today. The twinkle in your eye, the little grin & all your love of life. You are so missed. Life is a never ending roller coaster ride, never really know what's around the next "
Aunt Nancy Turner
June 3rd, 2013


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