Ermadell Jean (Hintch) Strom, 88, of Fort Dodge, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.

A service honoring Ermadell’s life will be 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Sersland officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, at the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

On February 8, 1925, Ermadell Jean was born to William and Cora (Nerhus) Hintch on a farm west of Badger, Iowa. She attended Fort Dodge High School and graduated with the class of 1943. She was united in marriage to Palmer R. Strom on February 21, 1946, on her parent’s farm east of Fort Dodge, by the Rev. Olson of Badger Lutheran Church. Ermadell worked for Kepler Printing for 46 years before retiring in 1991, but went onto work part time for Kepler Printing for another three years. From 1996 to 2000, she worked at McDonald’s part time. Then in 2005 she worked at the Senior Citizens Center as an afternoon receptionist until 2009.

Those thankful for having shared Ermadell’s life include her children, Sheila (Michael) Anderson, Vincent; Curtis Strom, Tucson, Ariz.; Tracy (Strom) Olson, Fort Dodge; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, her brother Dale Hintch, Bastrop, Tex.; two special nieces and many other nieces and nephews. Ermadell was preceded in death by her husband Palmer Strom, who died May 23, 1974, of ALS; daughter Ardis “Sam” Wisthoff-Morris in 2003; her parents, William and Cora Hintch; two sisters, MaDonna Schulze and Yvonne Martin, two infant sisters and special friend Lavern “Pete” Peterson.

Ermadell was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church since 1946, and she was a member of the altar guild. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed sewing and playing cards with her two special friends, Bob and Callie Keeler.

A special thank you to the folks at Fort Dodge Villa Care and Hospice.