Kathryn Mattill Strom died at home in Bozeman on June 25, 2012 at the age of 80.
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She grew up in Glen Lake, Minn., the daughter of Peter Milton Mattill and Nora Nelson, graduating from Hopkins High in 1949. At St. Olaf College, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1953. She taught English for two years in Delano, Minn., before marrying Herbert Strom in 1955 and moving to Red Lodge, Mont. In 1960, they moved to Bozeman, where Herb became campus pastor at Montana State University. She was active in Lutheran Campus Ministry throughout Herb's ministry. In the mid-70s she returned to teaching in the Bozeman school system, first as a reading instructor and then for 18 years at Hawthorne Elementary School in the first and second grades. While teaching she completed her master's degree at MSU. After retirement in 1995, she remained active in the Bozeman community as a Child Advancement Project (CAP) mentor, a docent at the Museum of the Rockies, a volunteer with the symphony, and as the coordinator of daffodil sales for the
In Montana, she came to love hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing. She enjoyed traveling, especially to see her grandchildren and grandnieces and nephews. A devoted member of Hope Lutheran Church for over 50 years, she directed the children's choir, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, she became active in local cancer support groups. After many years of remission, she lived with the recurrence of the disease in 2006 until her death from its complications.
She is survived by her husband, Herb; two sisters, Barbara Mattill and Phyllis Mattill, both of Hopkins, Minn.; brother-in-law, John Holum, of St. Paul, Minn.; three sons, David (Katja Heide) of Eugene, Ore., Tim (Pam) of St. Paul, Minn., and Jonathan (Siri Olson) of Decatur, Ga.; five grandchildren, Johannes, Robbie, Solveig, Liza, and Sam; two nieces, Ann Holum of Palo Alto, Calif., and Kathryn Holum of St. Paul, Minn.; as well as six grand nieces and nephews (Sara, Ryan, Marlee, Julia, Daniel, and David). She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Holum, and a niece, Liz (Dan) Johnson. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Hope Lutheran Church. Friends are invited to stay after the service for a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to ELCA World Hunger, P.O. Box 71764 Chicago, IL, 60694-1764, or the Bozeman Symphony Society, 1822 W. Lincoln, Bozeman 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 11, 2012