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Visitation information
Reception Following the Service
Amos Room, Babcock Health Care Building, Salemtowne
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018
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Service information
Amos Room, Babcock Health Care Building, Salemtowne
190 Moravian Way Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018
3:30 p.m.
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Ethel Ragnhild Ingeborg Brage LeStrange
Apr 27, 1927 - Mar 06, 2018
Ethel Ragnhild Ingeborg Brage LeStrange, 90, died March 6, 2018. She was born April 27, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, to Swedish immigrants Ernest and Leah Brage. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her beloved husband, Raymond Joseph LeStrange of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who she married on September 2, 1950. She is survived by her son and two daughters, Raymond (Kathy), of Winston-Salem, NC; Renee (Robert Ryshke), of Atlanta, GA, and Susan (Guy Ragan), of Reston, VA. Ethel is also survived by her grandchildren; James LeStrange, Sarah LeStrange, Hilda LeStrange, Linnea Ryshke, and Henry Ragan.

Ethel was raised in Queens, New York City. She was an excellent student, having graduated as valedictorian of her high school. Ethel dedicated her education, career and lifetime passion to the French language, having worked at multi-language positions in New York City, including the United Nations. After raising her three children, she began her teaching career, starting at the high school level, then at college (Monmouth College, Brevard College and Blue Ridge Community College). She continued to teach French at her retirement home in Asheville, NC, to her fellow residents.

Ethel was a loving wife, mother, teacher, “Mamaw”, and friend. She was open, honest, accepting, always appreciating the good in one’s character and enriching everyone she met. She led by example and was supportive to her husband and family throughout the years. Ethel will be sorely missed by us all.

A celebration of Ethel’s life will be held at the Babcock Healthcare Center, Salemtowne Retirement Community, Winston-Salem, on March 11, 2018 in the Amos Room. The service will begin at 3:30 p.m., with Chaplain Linda Browne officiating. The family welcomes all to the reception immediately following the service.

Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
 
 
 
 
Condolences
Glenn Vick
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother,I pray the love of God enfolds you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Glenn
 
 
Margaret Riddle
How sad it was to see Estelle's obit in today's Asheville paper. She was my French teacher, then dear friend and fellow member of Christiane's French conversational group until she moved to Winston-Salem. I had her birthday card already picked out for April. She was such a dear lady and is sorely missed. My love to her family.
 
 
Lynn Kitts
Thank you for putting Ethel's obit in the Hendersonville Times News. She was a dear, exceptional lady and a wonderful French teacher. I enjoyed attending her many French classes throughout the years here in Hendersonville. Ethel made the classes interesting and fun - the mark of an outstanding teacher! Please accept my deep condolences for your loss.
 
 
Joyce Keenum Townson
Madame LeStrange was my French teacher at Brevard College in 1979-81 for Conversational French and some independent studies in French Lit. She was truly delightful and an excellent teacher. Such a lovely lady! I had no idea that she had been living here in Winston-Salem. She certainly exemplified “joie de vivre.” I am sorry for your loss and hope she left her family with many happy memories. Joyce Keenum Townson
 
 
Betty K. Baldwin
Dear Ray and Family, I was sad to see Estelle's obituary in the Hendersonville newspaper. Thank you for sending it. My late husband, Mart, and I really enjoyed being in her French class here. I wasn't really interested in learning French, but while she was teaching I wanted to attend. She was a delightful lady and a dear friend
 
 
Verna McGaughey
My sincere sympathies to the LeStrange family. I was one of her students in the French classes she taught at Givens Estates in Asheville. She was a lovely person and an exceptional teacher, so generous with her time and gifts. Verna McGaughey
 
 
 
 
 
 

         

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