Marge Strommer, 97, of Montevideo, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Clarkfield Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home Chapel in Montevideo with the Rev. Matt Philaya officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Special music will be “Somewhere My Love,” “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Casketbearers will be Jack Webb, Steve Burmeister, Marty Hemstad and Jim Vik.
Marguerite (Wisner) Cushman Strommer was born in Montevideo, Sept. 28, 1915, to Roy and Genevieve (Happy) Wisner. She grew up in Montevideo and graduated from Montevideo High School in 1933. She was a spirited woman of many talents, which she continued to pursue all her life.
She married Roger Cushman, a grower and agriculturist, in 1949. Together they built the Sunset Greenhouse on Benson Road in Montevideo. For twenty years they operated this business, including all aspects of floral design, gardening, nursery, and wedding and holiday specialties. During this time she became enamored with flying, along with her brother-in-law and instructor, Al Burmeister. She and Roger obtained their licenses and were among the first Montevidians to own and operate their own airplane, a Cessna, and had a hangar at the new Montevideo Airport. They enjoyed many trips from coast to coast and border to border flying their plane. She was thrilled to become acquainted with Amelia Earhart and to become a member of Amelia’s “99s,” honoring women pilots. After twenty years in the nursery business, they made the decision to sell the greenhouse and she put her talents and energy to use and established “The Yarn Shop,” teaching women the arts of knitting, crocheting and working with beautiful yarns and fabrics. Following this endeavor, Marge and Rog searched for a good retirement location, settling on Arizona. They spent many years wintering in Apache Junction and summering in Montevideo. While in Arizona, she spent time as the office manager of the retirement park where they lived. In the spring of 1978, on their way back to Montevideo, Roger died as a result of cancer in Dallas, Texas.
In September of 1979, she married Orrin Strommer, an old school friend and former Montevideo Chief of Police. They continued the Arizona/Minnesota lifestyle. She pursued her sewing hobby by operating a shop to help neighbors and friends. Together they enjoyed square dancing, gardening, entertaining, and traveling until Orrin became ill and died on New Year’s Eve of 1998. She continued to live in Arizona until 2004, when she made the decision to sell her home there and move back to Minnesota to be closer to her family and friends. She has been given care by the loving staff at the Clarkfield Care Center for the past several years.
Page 2 of 2 - She is survived by her sister, Betty Burmeister and beloved niece, Susan Burmeister, both of Minneapolis; devoted nephew, Steve Burmeister, his wife Wendy, and their son, Ben, of Duluth.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husbands.
Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home, of Montevideo, is in charge of the arrangements. (Online guest book at www.andersonfuneralmontevideo.com)