Strohm, Paul E.
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Paul E Strohm, 83, of Southbury, CT, and formerly of Chappaqua, NY, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 23, 2013 at home. Born in Clinton, Iowa on July 9, 1929 he was the son of the late Frank H and Agnes E Strohm. Paul graduated from Clinton High School in 1947 in the top three of his class. He also was President of the National Honor Society. Paul graduated from Iowa State University in 1951. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After graduating from ISU he proudly served in the United States Navy for three years. On May 24, 1952 Paul married Judith Friend who survives at home. They were married for 60 years. Paul had a long and satisfying career at IBM until his retirement in January 1989. After retirement Paul took classes at the New York Botanical Garden where later on he did volunteer work.
In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by three children, Mark P Strohm and his wife Deborah of Saginaw, Minnesota; Margot E Mann and her husband Dwight of Beacon, NY and Emily S Bonn and her husband Keith of Bolton, CT; six grandchildren: Carl (Rachael) Strohm, Phil (Christy) Strohm, Robert J Hafford, Laurel (Pat) Mellin, Geoff Bonn and Dale Bonn. He is also survived by seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and many loving friends. Also survived by two brothers Bernard (LaVonne) Strohm of Placerville, CA; Lloyd (Dottie) of East Moline, IL and two sisters Alyce Gierhart (Sigurd Wingard) of Sun City West, AZ and Shirley (Bill) Mullins of Yellow Springs, OH. He was predeceased by one sister, Marion Charnoski and two brothers, Albert and Frank Strohm.
Paul was a long time member of the First Congregational Church in Chappaqua where he served on many Boards. Paul was responsible for creating and maintaining the church gardens. Dad was a kind, gentle and caring man who enjoyed helping others as well as sharing his life with all those he encountered. He was a hard worker and loved to travel, especially by train. He will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved him. The family wishes to thank his aides and Hospice care for their love and support during his illness.
There will be no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 2pm at the First Congregational Church, 210 Orchard Ridge Rd in Chappaqua, NY 10514. The Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main St. North, Southbury, CT, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or the New York Botanical Garden, Attn: Lisa Sifre 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx. NY 10458. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 3, 2013