Doryce Strom

By on December 11, 2008

            Doryce Strom, 94, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Bethany Healthcare Center, Dekalb.

            She was born March 16, 1914, at home in Wasco, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Olson) Johnson. Doryce attended Wasco Country School, to which she enjoyed riding with her sister, Myrtle, on their pony, King. Doryce went on to graduate from St. Charles High School with the class of 1932.

            Following graduation, Doryce continued to live and work on the family farm and attended the Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, where she met her husband, Allan Strom. They were wed there on June 2, 1945, and they lived in St. Charles on Cedar Avenue until 1951, when they moved to the now historic, Garfield Farm, which had been Allan’s family home since 1922. Doryce and Allan farmed there until 1970, when they moved to Francis Road near Maple Park. 

            Like many young farm couples of that day, Allan and Doryce had a dairy herd and later, beef cattle, and Doryce had an egg route with some customers, even driving out from Chicago. Through the years, Doryce also worked at the Campana Company in Batavia, and later at National Electronics, Geneva, as well as Richardson Electronics near Elburn. 

            Though Doryce worked hard all of her life, she enjoyed sewing and Sunday evening card and board games with her children and family. Life revolved around her family and relatives, whose lives were integrally woven into the tapestry of her life. She was also a die-hard Cubs fan whose passion for the team only increased as years passed. To her dying day, she knew the names of all the players and even when they lost the 2008 pennant, her devotion never wavered—as a true Cubs fan. She was still enthusiastic about “next year.”

            In 2004, Doryce became a resident at the Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb.  There her social life actually blossomed amidst the caring and sharing she experienced with staff and residents alike. 

            She was a lifelong member of the Grace Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed singing alto in the choir. Doryce was also an enthusiastic member of the “U-go-I-go” circle of girlfriends that met for decades, and in later years, became a birthday and lunch group.

            She is survived by one daughter, Eileen (Jack) Nelson of Stoughton, Wis.; one son, Mel (Vera Wheeler) Strom of Culver City, Calif.; four grandchildren, Andrew (Rebecca) Nelson of Sheboygan, Wis., Katrina Nelson of Green Bay, Wis., Natasha (John Murphy) Wheeler of Los Angeles, Calif., Daniel (Jessica Quintanilla) Wheeler of Los Angeles, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Grace and Lily Nelson, Gabriel and Tatiana Wheeler, and Aleksander and Nikolas Wheeler; three sisters-in-law, Rose Strom and Doris Turner, both of Maple Park, and Harriet Strom of Geneva; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

            The last family member of her generation, she was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and five siblings, Hazel Ekstrom, Dorothy Pratt, Lloyd Johnson, Raymond Johnson and Myrtle Crusoe. 

            Her visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Visitation will continue at church on Friday, Dec. 12, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., with services to follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex will officiate, and interment will conclude at Whitney Cemetery, Burlington Road, Wasco.

            A memorial has been established in name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church, Bethany Health Care and DeKalb County Hospice, as well as other favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Doryce Strom Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at