Donna J. Strome, Cassopolis

Published 11:31 am Thursday, November 15, 2018

Donna Jean (Wolfe) Strome, 76, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in her residence.

She was born Sept.16, 1942, in Highland Park, Michigan, the oldest of three daughters born to James and Genevieve Wolfe.

Donna J. Strome

She married Raymond L. Strome June 9, 1962, in Saint Ann Catholic Church in Cassopolis, Michigan. He survives.

Donna loved the children she knew from working as a para-professional for over twenty years in the Cassopolis School System. She dedicated her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her daughters remember her as a fabulous cook and say that they “ate like queens.” Donna was an awesome caregiver, especially throughout her husband’s several bouts with cancer. She was a “Lake Girl” and loved spending time with family and friends. Donna made everyone’s birthday and holiday a dream come true. She was a seriously strong, giving, loving, opinionated, beautiful lady.

Donna will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ray Strome, of Cassopolis; four daughters, Lori Lee, of Edwardsburg, Jennifer (Doug) Diltz, of Cassopolis, Mary (Gary) Wright, of Vandalia, Tara (Kevin) Baker, of Dowagiac; 13 grandchildren, Tiffaney Wright, Trever Wright, Erica Lee, Justin (Chyvon) Lee, Jared Diltz, Amanda Diltz, Landon Wright, Courtney Bellis, Connor Wright, Nicholas Baker, Brandon Diltz, Luke Baker, Andrea Diltz; five great-grandchildren, Xander Wright, Emma Williams, Natalie Lee, Alivia Lee, Greyson Waddle; two sisters, Sharon Hilliker and Ruth (Arland) Youckton, both of Nevada; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Jeffery Dale Lee Jr.

Mrs. Strome will be laid to rest in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Cassopolis.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis, with Father Christian Johnston officiating.

The family prefers contributions be made in Donna’s memory to either, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, 21311 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48076-3911, or, American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Drive SE, Suite 180, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546.

Your Mother

Your Mother is always with you.

She is the smell of certain foods you remember, the flowers you picked and the perfume she wore.

She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.

She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day…the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep…the colors of the rainbow.

She is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter…and she is crystallized in every teardrop.

A Mother shows every emotion…happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow…and all the while hoping and praying that you will only know the good feelings in life.

She is the place you came from…your first home…she is the map you follow with every step you take.

She is your first love…your first friend… even your first enemy,

But nothing on earth can separate you…

Not Time…Not Space…Not even Death

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