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Jean Elizabeth Strom


Jean Elizabeth Strom, 90, of Jackson, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Jackson Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Jackson with Pastor Nathan Janzen officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Burial will take place following the funeral service at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Okoboji Bible Conference, Arnolds Park, IA, or Camp Shetek, Slayton, MN.

Jean Strom was born June 14, 1929 to Oscar and Eveleen Ammer of Monroe, Iowa. She attended high school in Monroe and graduated in 1947, and studied at Wheaton College in Illinois majoring in history and graduating in 1951. Following college, she moved to Greene, Iowa where she taught high school history, English, and girls’ physical education. Two years later, she married her college sweetheart Neale Strom on August 31, 1953.

The coupled settled in Louisiana where they began their family. Jane, Brad, Bill, and Joan were born the next eight years. In 1962, Jean and Neale felt a call back to Jackson where Jean continued to serve faithfully supporting Neale and her family. The couple joined First Baptist Church where Jean put her gift of teaching to work with Sunday School, Release Time classes, and Vacation Bible School. She served diligently on the missions committee, and with the women’s ministry committee.  In the community, Jean visited people through Meals on Wheels and served on its board, and taught English with Laotian immigrants. She was also involved with Christian Women’s Club serving on its board and as a Bible Coffee coordinator and guide.

Jean worked part-time for fifteen years at the family business, Strom’s Clothing, and when not helping or serving others, enjoyed needlework, quilting, and gardening. She sang soprano beautifully and blessed many through special music and the choir at First Baptist. In her senior years, she showered her love on her children and their families, hosting them in her home and visiting them.

After suffering two strokes, Jean passed away peacefully, on Friday, November 29, 2019, with family beside her. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Neale (2010), and is survived by her children Jane Brohmer (Gary) of Colorado Springs, Brad (Sarah) of Jackson, Bill (Shelaine) of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Joan Olson (Loren) of Villa Park, Illinois, fourteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, December 6 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Jackson. Those desiring to make memorials may donate to Okoboji Bible Conference, Arnolds Park, IA, or Camp Shetek, Slayton, MN.

3 thoughts on “Jean Elizabeth Strom”

  1. Denny & Barb Erickson says:

    Sorry we had left for Texas before hearing of your Mother’s passing. She was always a very kind and caring person. We enjoyed getting to know Jane, Brad, Bill and Joan being neighbors. May all of the good memories you have of your Mother comfort you all at this time. We have sent support to Camp Shetek which is also one of our favorite paces to contribute.

  2. Mark, Cindy, Daniel and Chris Tusa says:

    Jean was a beautiful lady full of love and happiness for everyone. Thank you for playing the music at our wedding all those years ago. You will be missed a lot. Sending prayers and thoughts to your family.

  3. Jean and Neale were such a powerful example to us in the early 1970’s. We came to the area with two small children to serve as Director of SW Minnesota YFC. Neale was a prominent member of the Board, and he and Jean really showed this young family what a successful Christian family full of teenagers really looked like. Thank you Jean…we miss you.

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