Vernon Erick Stromberg, beloved father, grandfather, great and great-great grandfather, died on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 of COVID-19 at Interlude Rehab in Fridley. Vernon was a young 96 years of age.
He was born to Erick and Johanna (Nastrom) Stromberg in Brunswick Township. During the WWII years of 1943-1946 he served in the United States Army 839th Battery D AAA Weapons Battalion. On Nov. 21, 1946, he was united in marriage to Alice Storlie. They were blessed with four children.
He started his career as a driver for Land-O-Lakes, and for a short while moved his family to California where he worked for the Carnation Company. Returning to Minnesota, he began his long career in construction as a mason, beginning with Cook Construction and later Antonson Construction. He took a break from construction, earned his U of M vocational license and taught bricklaying at the Mora High School Vocational Training Center.
Over the years, he worked for Harvey Wagner Construction, Arcon and eventually retired from Hollenbeck and Nelson. He had a hand in building many homes, gas stations, restaurants, commercial structures and even mortuaries- too many to count. He helped build many community projects including the Mora swimming pool, Grace Lutheran Church, Kanabec History Center and Trailview School. He was a skilled mason and built well over 100 fireplaces.
He was able to live in his home with family and caregivers Shawn “Woodtick,” Megan, Kendra, Blake and Julie at his side each and every day up until the moment he was admitted into the hospital with a diagnosis of COVID-19. He opened his home last May to celebrate his 95th birthday. Nieces, nephews, grandkids, great-grandkids, extended family members and friends showed up from near and afar to wish him well. He was a man who gave love through hugs, smiles and a good joke or two. He also loved music and just recently was known to have played his concertina again.
The deep love for his children and family was the center of his life. He would do anything for them from washing and curling hair, babysitting, dog sitting or helping build any project one had going on in their life. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; parents; brothers, Walfred, Swan, Leonard and Walter; and sister Anna.
He is survived by his children, Arlan (Janet) Stromberg, Barb (Phil) Schroeder, Brian Stromberg and Susan (Mike) Yankowiak; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many extended family members and friends.
A private memorial service was held on Thursday Oct. 22, 2020 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Military Honors were provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.