Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Betty Jean Strommer, 79, of Austin, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
She was born Oct. 13, 1930 to Carl and Esther (Parr) Melau in Rhinelander, Wis. and graduated from Rockford High School. She married Erwin Strommer on Nov. 5, 1952 in Belvedere, Ill. They made their home in Rockford where she was employed by Greenlee Tool and Anderson Manufacturing. Moving to Sacred Heart, Minn. in 1971, she worked in the Renvilla Nursing Home in Renville. Betty and Erwin moved to Austin in 1989 where she was an AARP coordinator, Girl Guards, Sunday school teacher and bookkeeper for the Salvation Army, core leader for Community Bible study and belonged to the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed singing.
Survivors include her husband, Erwin Strommer of Austin; children, Ted (Michele) Strommer of Jonesboro, Ark., Don Strommer of Raymond, Tim Strommer of Austin, Daniel (Gwen) Strommer of Shannon, Miss., Joseph (DeeAnn) Strommer of Austin, Allan (Sherri) Strommer of Faribault; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Melau of Rockford, Ill.; sister, Petra (Laddie) Espy of Rockford, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Eldo Klingeman; one grandson, Matthew Strommer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Bethlehem Free Methodist Church with Pastor David Martin and Major Larry Thorson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Strombeck Lutheran Cemetery in rural Montevideo.
Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.