George J. Strohmer Sr.

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George Joseph Strohmer Sr., 86, of Woodstock, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at home on the family farm.

Born July 2, 1926, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late George L. Strohmer and Katherine Winkler Strohmer. He was the husband of the late Florence Vesper Strohmer.

He lived in White Marsh until at the age of 5 when his parents moved to Woodstock. He graduated from Catonsville High School in 1942. He met his wife at the age of 35, and they began a family.

He spent his life as a professional farmer and agriculture advocate. He was instrumental as an advocate of farming and his farming family, president of Baltimore County Farm Bureau and held a seat at the Maryland State level from 1972 until 1975. He also served as a board member of the Maryland Pork Producers, a 4-H leader and a swine superintendent. He pioneered the 4-H swine leasing program in Baltimore County, which allowed 4-Hers the means to show pigs and aided in the growth of the swine program. He was also instrumental in starting a Baltimore County 4-H livestock sale program.

In addition to taking care of his land, he also managed and farmed more than 400 acres of the Woodstock College, the oldest Jesuit seminary in the United States, for more than 20 years.

Of the Catholic faith, he was a parishioner of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic church, served as an altar boy, lector, Sunday school teacher and member of the Holly Named Society (since disbanded). He was also was a member of Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are children Bud Strohmer, Dee Cutler, Richard Strohmer and Brenda Strohmer; a sister-in-law, Eileen Hoppert; a nephew, Barry Hoppert; nieces Amy Van Gulick and Beth Borkenheim; great-nieces Elizabeth and Emily Van Gulick; and many cousins and numerous friends.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to p.m. Friday, at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday.

A celebration of life, funeral liturgy Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Alphonsus R.C. Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, with the Rev. Joseph P. Lacey officiating. Interment will be in Holy Family R.C. Church Cemetery in Randallstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Alphonsus R.C. Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, MD 21163; or Baltimore County 4-H Fair, P.O. Box 283, Woodstock, MD 21163.

The family encourages you to share your George Strohmer stories at www.burrier-queen.com or by sending to P.O. Box 283, Woodstock, MD 21163.

Online condolences may be offered at www.burrier-queen.com.

Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.



Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 23, 2013
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