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Estelle Nulman Stryker

January 21, 1921 ~ June 9, 2017 (age 96)
Estelle N. Stryker, 1921-2017
Estelle N. Stryker, long-time resident of Oxon Hill, MD and more recently Goodwin House Alexandria passed away peacefully at Inova Hospital Alexandria on Friday, June 9th.  She was 96, and is survived by three sons, Michael, David and Jeff, her daughters-in-law, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  The youngest daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Estelle Nulman was born in Newark, NJ, and took Nurses Training at New York Hospital--Cornell Medical Center before joining the Army Nursing Corps in World War II.  She served in India, Burma and Okinawa, where she met the love of her life, George Stryker.  They were married in 1945, and lived 17 places over the next 15 years before settling in the Washington DC Area, raising a family of four boys, those named above and Robert who passed away in 2011.  All were welcome in her house, livened up by a steady stream of visiting friends and relatives.  She devoted herself to family and friends in the early years, but returned to emergency room nursing in her 50's and ran a senior care program through her 60s and 70s.  Estelle was a life-long progressive and a founder and pillar of Davies Memorial Unitarian Church in Temple Hills, MD.  An articulate and perceptive women, she was herself until the end, and all who knew her are richer for it. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM on July 22 at Davies Memorial Unitarian Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation ( or to her church (

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