Rosalie Ann (Peterson) Strachan

Rosalie Ann (Peterson) Strachan, 71, formerly of Jamestown, died in her home in Basking Ridge, N.J., on March 29, 2014, of complications resulting from a seven-year battle with leukemia.

Born in Jamestown, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Olga Koren Peterson.

She attended the North Main Street/Little Brick Schoolhouse and graduated from Falconer Central School. After graduating from Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education, she mar-ried and moved to New Jersey, where she taught for a number of years. Mrs. Strachan also worked as a freelance writer for many years, contributing articles to magazines such as Ski and NJ Outdoors.

Mrs. Strachan was a private person, and enjoyed the beauties of nature and the solitude of skiing, camping, kayaking, and hiking in the Adirondacks, Vermont, and Maine. She especially loved 4th of July and Labor Day on Chautauqua Lake, N.Y., autumn camping trips to the Adirondack Mountains, and Christmases spent playing in the snow in Western New York.

Never one to stay indoors for long, she could more frequently be found bicycling, running, or walking with her faithful German Shepherd mix, Buddy, who was found in the woods of Cattaraugus County.

Over the years, she completed various marathons, bike tours, sprint triathlons, and cross-country ski marathons. She was a frequent participant in the an-nual Tour of Chautauqua bike ride and the Chautauqua Overland Ski Marathon.

Mrs. Strachan’s other interests included historic and open space preservation, family genealogy, and working in her garden. She enjoyed sharing fond memories of growing up on the family farm in James-town, on what is now the Girl Scout property, and had always retained strong ties to the area.

Despite losing her vision to cancer in 2012, Mrs. Strachan continued to participate in many of the activities she had previously enjoyed, taking up tandem kayaking and even converting her road bike into a stationary bike and pedaling almost 2,000 miles the following year.

Mrs. Strachan will be remembered as an inspiration who faced all challenges with the same sense of humor, quick wit and strong spirit. She was fond of saying “the more you do, the more you can do,” and she certainly lived her life to this standard.

Survivors include her husband Christopher and daughter, Heather, both of Basking Ridge, N.J.; broth-er, Ronald Peterson of Randolph, N.Y.; sister, Nancy (Ed Kautz) of Schenectady, N,Y,; niece, Julia Rubin (Lenny) of Hamilton, Mass.; and her long-time skiing, running and cycling friend, Marcia (Bill) De La Cerda of Lakewood, N,Y.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the National Marrow Donor Program (, 3001 Broadway Street N.E., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413 or to an animal rescue of choice.