LILY LAKE – Edna V. Strom, 94, of Lily Lake, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Heritage Square in Dixon, her residence for the past 4 years.
Born Jan. 27, 1919, in Babcock, Wis., Edna was the eldest child of Carl and Fredrika Olson, who had immigrated from Sweden. Early in her childhood, the family moved to the Wasco farming community, where she attended school and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1936. For the next several years, Edna worked in Chicago as a secretary at Sears, Roebuck, and Co.
On Sept. 7, 1940, Edna was married to Anders Elof Strom at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, their family church for all of their lives. To this union were born five children. Elof and Edna moved their family in 1952 to the Strom farm in Lily Lake. Edna was active in her church, where she directed choirs, taught Sunday school, led the women’s group, and organized the 75th- and 100th-year anniversaries of the church. She was an excellent pianist and frequent soloist for weddings and funerals, especially if songs were requested to be sung in Swedish. She was involved in her children’s schools and activities.
In 1962, she began a nearly 30-year career at St. Charles National Bank, which now is known as Fifth Third Bank in downtown St. Charles. Beginning as an executive secretary, she retired as vice president at what then had become Old Kent Bank. During these years, she also was active in, and served as, president of, the local tri-cities Zonta group, an international, professional, business women’s organization.
During her lifetime, she maintained regular correspondence with many cousins in Sweden. She visited their homes in 1979 and 1990, and hosted them in hers more than a dozen times over the years.
Edna is survived by her daughter, Rianne Leaf of Minneapolis; and three sons, Warren (Patti) of Lily Lake, John (Barbara) of Dixon, and Leland (Twyla) of Elgin and Washington, D.C.; 14 grandchildren, Nathan (Keri) Leaf of Houston, Aaron and Christopher (Cristy) Leaf of Minneapolis, Lucas (Melissa) Strom of Lily Lake, Damon Strom of Germany, Mary (Tim) Goral of Dixon, Sarah (John) Petersen of Washington, D.C., Rachel (Patrick) Chambers and Elizabeth Strom of Chicago, Sam Strom of West Dundee, Emily Strom of Dixon, Derek (Kim) Strom of Switzerland, Amber (Brandon) Ballard of Hampshire, and Tyler Strom of Elburn; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elof, in 1985; a son, Lowell Anders, in infancy; a great-granddaughter; her parents; brothers, Carl and Roy Olson; sister, Leona (Mrs. Earl) Anderson; and nephew, Chuck Olson.
The family wishes to thank the staff and friends at Heritage Square for their loving care in recent years.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 17 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the church. Burial will be at Lily Lake Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Rebecca Circle at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hanson Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, or Heritage Square, 620 N. Ottawa Ave., Dixon, IL 61021.