Lillian Jane (Johnson) Strom went home peacefully to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on March 29, 2021 with family at her side. She was born to Carl and Lillie Johnson on October 29, 1924 in Gladstone, MI. Lillian received her RN degree from Swedish Covenant School of Nursing in North Park, IL. She later married Melvin “Tut” Strom on June 23, 1949. They went on to raise five sons: Steve, Todd, Dave, Chuck and Paul in the home that Tut built for their family.
In addition to Lillian being a loving, dedicated wife and mother, Lillian was also dedicated to her nursing career. She was employed as a school nurse for Gladstone, as an OB nurse at OSF St. Francis Hospital and later went on to teach Nursing at Bay College when their Nursing Program had first begun. One of her greatest joys was when she volunteered in the outreach of nursing during a time of tuberculosis at Hannahville and it transitioned in to a cultural exchange for more than fifteen years bringing forth many life-long lasting friendships within the community. Lillian also enjoyed working in her garden, was dedicated to helping those through prison ministry and cherished her time in quilt making with the group at First Lutheran.
She is survived by her sons: Dave (Donna) Strom, Chuck (Sally) Strom, and Reverend Paul (Gretchen) Strom and her grandchildren; Erik, Elin, Thad, Luke, Tim, Dan, Emily, Audrey, Charlotte, Anna and Mark. Lillian is also survived by daughters-in-law Leroux Strom and Martha Fitzgerald and numerous nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.
Lillian was preceded in death by: her Parents, her husband and her sons Steve and Todd, her siblings Joyce (Johnson) Norden, Carl “Bummy” and James Johnson.
Throughout her entire life she held an unwavering faith in God which she shared with those that surrounded her. Lillian “lived” her faith and believed that God’s love is manifested through helping others.
A Service of Christian Burial will be held at First Lutheran Church, 1212 Minneapolis Avenue in Gladstone on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with the funeral at 1:00 PM and Committal to follow at Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.
Masks and social distancing are mandatory upon entering the church
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to: First Lutheran Quilting Group or Lutheran World Relief.
The Strom family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the staff at Bishop Noa for their compassionate care of Lillian.