R. Bernard Strom

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Strom, R. Bernard HANNACROIX Runar Bernard (Ben) Strom, 94, passed away on January 12, 2007. Born March 31, 1912 in Overmark, Finland, he was the son of Oscar and Kajsa Holmstrom. He was predeceased by siblings, Mildred, Elin, Anna and Paul. A surviving brother, Verner Holmstrom, resides in Orebro, Sweden. Ben came to the USA as a teenager, finding work from the lumber camps of Maine to the shipyards of New York City. It was in NYC where he met and married Margaret Fehn. In 1944, they moved to the Greenville, N.Y. area and eventually settled in Hannacroix where Ben resided until October. Ben was a master carpenter, admired for building many local homes, at times with simply a hammer and hand saw. He was a man of unquestionable values, with a pride and inner strength that carried him to his eternal rest. Predeceased by his wife Margaret 14 years earlier, Ben is survived by a daughter, Linda and husband Thomas Meyer; son, Harold and wife Karen (Frisbee) Strom and son, Ralph and wife Denise (Hasenfuss) Strom. Ben has five loving grandchildren, Aaron, Leslie, Jennifer, Jesse (Meyer) and Christopher; as well as nephews, Roy, Richard, Karl, Ralph and Paul Carlson and their wives, Terry, Janet and Theresa; and niece, Julie Falcone. Vivian and Lillian Carlson predeceased their uncle. There are no words to convey the family's gratitude to the staff who invested so much of themselves in care of Bernard. A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Interment will follow at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Commons, 1070 Luther Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 14, 2007