Adam F.X. Stromski
Age 95, Saint Peter welcomed Fr. Adam home after his earthly life ended on Feb. 17, 2013 at The House of Loreto in Canton. Born in Maynard, Ohio on Dec. 23, 1917 to Polish immigrants, he attended high school in Adena and Mount Pleasant, after which he received a degree from the College of St. Charles Borromeo in Columbus, and seminary training at Mount St. Mary in Cincinnati. Fr. Stromski was ordained into the priesthood on Sept. 21, 1946 at St. John Church in Bellaire, Ohio by the first Bishop of the Steubenville Diocese, John King Mussio. Following his ordination, he was appointed administrator of St. Mary of The Immaculate Conception Church, Morges, and assistant pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, Malvern. Fr. Stromski also served the parishes of St. Stanislaus, Maynard; St. Ann, Chesapeake; Our Lady of Angels, Barton; St. Adelbert, Dillonvale and St. Teresa of Avila, Cadiz. During his stay in Cadiz, he was also the pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission in Jewett, the chairman of Harrison County Mental Retardation Board, the Cadiz Coordinating Council, member of the Library Board of Trustees, Cadiz Rotary Club and Harrison County Health Center. In 1980, Fr. Stromski retired from active ministry in the Diocese of Steubenville and moved to Miami, Fla. where he became an associate pastor at Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Parish. He was the chaplain for several retirement communities, served as Catholic Chaplain for Dade Correctional Institution and Homestead Air Force Base, where he was appointed an Air Force Reserve Colonel. His unwavering faith was tested on Aug. 24, 1992 when Hurricane Andrew made landfall within blocks of his home. He was trapped for 12 hours while the storm ravaged the neighborhood, including his home, which was nearly destroyed. After the storm passed, the only room of the home that was unscathed and had a roof over it, was his private chapel. His passion was to minister to the elderly and less fortunate such as the homeless and incarcerated.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Anna (Kenar) Jastrzemsky; brothers, John, Stanley and Louis; sister, Verna Satory. Survived by sisters, Mary Handler of Parma, Ohio and Alice Snyder of Redwood City, Calif.; nephews, Stan (Diana) Stromsky, John (Louise) Satory, Chet (Carol) Stromsky, John (Linda) Stromsky and Louis Stromsky; nieces, Sister Irene Satory, Regina McQueen and Ruth Cook. Thank you to the Sisters of the Congregation of the Divine Spirit and the staff at the House of Loreto for the passionate care, dignity and understanding shown to Fr. Stromski during his final days. He was well prepared for the journey and he will remember you for eternity. God bless you all.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of The Immaculate Conception Church in Morges, 8012 Bachelor Rd. NW, Waynesburg, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. with Most Reverend Jeffrey Monforton as the Celebrant and Father's longtime friend, Reverend Vincent Huber will serve as Homilist. Viewing one hour prior to service. Fr. Adam's wishes are to be buried with his parents in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to House of Loreto, 2812 Harvard Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709 or Catholic Charities of Stark and Portage County, 3112 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709. You may sign our guest book at
Published in The Repository from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2013