Donna Marie Stockwell Strom


Donna Marie Stockwell Strom, 85, of Miles City died on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her children.

Born Oct. 14, 1928, in Beach, N.D., to Howard and Mary Wilson Stockwell, she attended grade school and high school in Beach. She graduated from the Holy Rosary Hospital Unit of Presentation School of Nursing in Miles City in 1949. 

She was married to John H. Strom on Oct. 17, 1949, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Beach. They made their home in Miles City, except for a short time in 1952 and 1953 when they lived in Glendive and Beach where Mr. Strom worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and she worked at Golden Valley Hospital. She did volunteer work for several years for the Public Health Department and was volunteer Sacred Heart School nurse for several years. She also did insurance physicals for companies in eastern Montana. 

Mrs. Strom was a past member and treasurer of the Catholic Daughters of America, a member of St. Francis Altar Society, and a member of Sacred Heart Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan. 

She retired early from her work as the Assistant Head Nurse on the OB floor from Holy Rosary Hospital in 1990 to care for her husband until his death in May 1990. For the last 20 years of her life she enjoyed spending her time with her special companion, Pete Leo.

Her survivors include one son: John (Inge) Strom of Hudson, Wyo.; five daughters: Mary Kay (Bill) Jackson of Billings, Jeanette “Jean” (Randy) King and Donna (Dennis) Petroff of Miles City, Lyla (Tom) Blazer and Lisa Strom of Mandan, N.D.; a daughter-in-law: Meiyeh Strom of Taoyuan, Taiwan; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren with one on the way; sisters: Lyla Ragar, Medelia “Dee” (Chuck) Brown, Gloria Stockwell, Sandra “Sandi” (Jerry) Perdaems, Glenice (Ted) Darwin and Cheryl (Bruce) Ross; sister-in-laws: Bonnie Stockwell and Susan Stockwell; and brothers: Byron (Nancy) Stockwell, Howard (Bobbi) Stockwell, Perry (Nancy) Stockwell and Leonard Stockwell.

Preceding her in death were her mother: Mary Wilson Stockwell; parents: Howard and Rena Stockwell; husband: John Strom; eldest son: Howard Andrew “Andy” Strom in 2012; son-in-law: Tim Inman; grandson: Danny Tweden; great-grandson: Payton Tweden; brothers: Robert and Wes Stockwell; sister-in-law: June Stockwell; and special companion: Pete Leo.

Visitation will be Monday, April 28, 2014, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, followed by a Rosary at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow in the Custer County Cemetery.

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