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Helen G. (Cutler) Strom


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Helen G. (Cutler) Strom Obituary

Helen Strom who has been a longtime Yuba-Sutter resident, passed away on December 15, 2016 at nearly 102 years old. Helen was born April 28 1915 in Molson, Washington to Bradford Jonas Cutler and Ida Lucy (Kneeland) Cutler. There were three other siblings, Miles, Ruth and Bradford Fales Cutler, all now deceased. The Cutler family had moved from Worcester, Massachusetts in 1907, to live in Los Angeles, then Washington, then California where Helen graduated from Marysville High School in 1932, Yuba College and UC Berkeley in 1936 with a degree in social economics. Helen worked in San Francisco Health Department for two years before her marriage to Carl Edwin Strom, Jr., on November 6, 1938 at the Chapel of the Flowers on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. After marriage the couple returned to Sutter County to farm peaches, prunes, tomatoes, pinto beans and raise black angus. In addition, three daughters were born over the years, Vicky, Thea and Terry Strom.

After the 1955 flood, Helen went back to college to earn her teaching credential and Edwin sold the ranch and became a prominent realtor and investor in the Yuba Sutter area. Helen taught school at Brittan, Browns, Barry and Lincrest Schools. Wally Herger who served in the US House of Representatives, was in her fifth grade class at Browns School. On the first day, Helen remembered asking Wally how the day went for him in her class, "so far, so good," he replied. It was right then, Helen said, "I knew I had a good, practical kid with a sense of humor in the class." She retired from teaching in 1976 after 20 years. Helen's other interests have included music, quilting, embroidery, needlepoint and genealogy through which she learned she qualified as a Daughter of the American Revolution.

During the late 1970's, Helen and Edwin bought a 48' cruiser and traveled from St. Petersburg, FL to San Francisco Bay, arriving at the dock in Alameda, CA. Helen and Edwin were members of the Fidelia Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol. Helen was a life member of the Marysville Presbyterian Church. Her faith, she said, sustained her throughout life and kept her cheerful.

Helen often expressed that she felt it takes ingenuity to survive, to hang in there and keep going. "You can't give up," she said. She and her family in her growing up years survived the Great Depression when they had to work hard to keep food and family together. She credited those childhood experiences for having taught her perseverance.

Helen is survived by three daughters, Vicky Strom of Rancho Murieta, Thea Brooke and Barry Turk of Yuba City and Terry Strom of Nevada City. Four grandchildren, Beverly Chastain of W. Sacramento, Scott and Katheryn Chastain of Rancho Murieta, Strom and Isabelle Thacker of New York and Lee Simpson of Laguna Niguel. There are five great grandchildren, Jason Chastain of W. Sacrament, Colton Chastain of Rancho Murieta, Matthew, Caroline and William Thacker of New York and four great-great granddaughters, Kylie, McKenna, Faith and Jade Chastain of W. Sacramento. Also niece Janet Cutler of Santa Rosa and nephew Bradford Fales Cutler of Reno. She will be greatly missed by her family.

A private burial will be held at Sutter Cemetery.

The Strom Family would like to thank Dr. Dennis Bechini, Prestige Assisted Living and Rideout Hospice for the excellent, gentle, loving care of our Mother.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Dec. 28, 2016
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