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Rev. Karl Bertram Stroming

Rev. Karl Bertram Stroming, 83, of Lake Emma Township, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at his home.

He was born Dec. 27, 1925 to Carl and Myrtle Stroming in Little Falls. He lived in Fort Ripley, then Watertown in his early years. He attended Concordia Academy and Concordia College in St Paul, and Concordia Seminary in St Louis, Mo. His vicarage was completed in Bear Creek, Wis. He was the shepherd for congregations in Onarga, Ill., Bagley; Ottertail; Fort William; Ontario, Canada; Immanuel Fish Lake; and Prior Lake.

He married Marion Steinhorst June 14, 1954. They had five children. After retirement, Karl fulfilled his life long dream to reside in northern Minnesota on the shores of Stocking Lake. He and his wife were members of First English Lutheran Church, Dorset, the Lake Association, and the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club.

He is survived by his wife; five children: C. Randy (Linda), Anoka, Diann "DeeDee" (Duane) Tweeten, Brookfield Wis., Gloria (Dave) Pautz, Prior Lake, Tim (Chris) Waconia, and Ted (Corinne), Hutchinson; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his only sibling, Ardith Schlauderaff.

Casket bearers: His grandsons David Jr., Darren and Dan Pautz, Tyler Stroming, Nate Tweeten, Robbie Kelly and Lee Stapf.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), Feb. 4 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, with Rev. Chris Davis officiating. Connie Shubert will be the organist. Congregational hymns will be "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "My Hope is Built On Nothing Less." Special music will be led by his family.