Nov 28, 2019 3:06 AM

Shirley Ann Strain 1936 - 2019

Posted Nov 28, 2019 3:06 AM

Shirley Ann Strain, 83, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away, Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

She was born January 12, 1936 in Barnhill, Illinois. Shirley married Michael Strain March of 1970. He preceded her in death April 24, 2017. She was a member of St. Pius Church, Kansas City, Missouri. Shirley was a devoted mother who made her family her main priority.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Jessie (Carter) Milligan; sisters, Dixie Harrison, Ezula Hoag; and granddaughter, Andrea Hite.

Survivors include daughter, Robin Turner (Kenneth), Charlotte Swesey (Zandy), Linda Carter, Pam Maxey; stepson, Clint Strain; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery. The family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Pius Church, Kansas City, Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at

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Richard P. Blaustein  1950 - 2019

Richard P. Blaustein, age 69, Atchison, Kansas, died suddenly on November 23, 2019.

Richard was born on March 5, 1950 in Brookline, Massachusetts, the son of Ernest and Martha (Weinberg) Blaustein. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Richard was a successful musician, songwriter and producer. He was very active in the folk music circuit of Boston and had the opportunity to work with many well-known musicians. Subsequently, Richard volunteered in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He was a decorated combat veteran in the Yom Kippur War, leaving the IDF with the rank of lieutenant. Upon returning from Israel, Richard earned a bachelor’s degree at Boston University in film after which he worked producing and writing television shows in California. Later on, Richard earned a Juris Doctor degree at Southern New England School of Law. He immediately opened a private practice in criminal defense in Boston where he represented high profile defendants as well as many others pro bono. While practicing law, he continued to pursue his love of music producing and recording various bands and musical groups. Richard and Gail (Samuels) were married on May 28, 2000. After their marriage, Richard retired from the practice of law and moved with her as she completed her PhD in chemistry and began her teaching career. They located to Atchison in 2013 where he continued to be active in writing.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife Gail, Richard is survived by his sister Marylynn Goldhaber of Newton, MA and her children Michelle and Marc.

Funeral Services & Interment 9:45 A.M. Sunday, Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA. Online guest book and obituary at