ROSE JEANNE MOLLENDORF graduated from Clyde Central School in 1963. She was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, but came to Clyde at the age of 5. She has a long history of doing secretarial work in schools and libraries. She started out working in the Clyde Central School Library and the Galen Free Library, then moving to Rochester she worked at the Rundel Library in the Cataloging Department. While living and working in Rochester, she met Chris Strakal. They were married in 1970 and moved to Chris’ home state of Montana for two years. Two of their five children were born there (Jennifer and Jason). The Strakals then moved to Clyde, where Jessica and the twins, Joseph and John, were born. When her twins entered kindergarten, she resumed work at the Clyde Savannah Schools until 2006 when she retired. Rose Jeanne and Chris now have five grandchildren.
When asked about special events in her life, Rose Jeanne mentioned, beside her children and family, that she enjoys traveling. She and Chris have been to Europe a number of times and have been to many parts of the United States, including Colorado, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, Georgia and Seattle. A favorite of their many trips to Montana included a two day Amtrak train journey with all five of their children from Rochester to Glacier National Park in Montana.
She is remembered at the Clyde-Savannah School District for her employment at each of the district school buildings. Many former students can recall when she and Colleen Volpe were co-directors of the Drama Club.
Rose Jeanne does not think she should be defined by her travels or her jobs. She is proud of growing up in Clyde and spending most of her life here. God, family and community are most important in her life.