Jean Stromberg, longtime diocesan employee, dies


jeanstromberg-webJean Stromberg is pictured with Msgr. Roger E. McGrath, Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia and William J. Murray, Diocesan Finance Officer & Bishop’s Delegate for Administration at a farewell reception held in the Market Street cafeteria on Dec. 19, 2007.

Jean Stromberg, 66, a former long time employee of the Diocese of Camden died peacefully in her Mt. Laurel home on Sunday, July 26, following a 20-year battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Stromberg was born to the late Frank and Leah Garzarelli in Camden. Following graduation from Camden Catholic High School in 1960, she started her career at the Diocese of Camden. Although she took off for a short time to raise her family in the 1970s, she returned to work primarily as an executive secretary in the Finance Department. After 37 years of service in the diocese, she retired in January, 2008.

Mrs. Stromberg will be remembered for her gentleness, kindness, and professionalism, as well as her warm, endearing smile. William J. Murray, Diocesan Finance Officer & Bishop’s Delegate for Administration, remembers Mrs. Stromberg as “the well-respected ‘voice of reason’ among diocesan employees.” He said that you wanted to know what she was thinking about decisions and events in the diocese.

“She approached every individual and every situation with an interest in finding the good that was present and she would find it. Her calmness under pressure and ability to spread that among her co-workers in a truly professional manner became legendary. If we were to start a ‘Hall of Fame’ for diocesan employees, Jean would be a charter member!” he added.

Mrs. Stromberg is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dr. Michael F. Stromberg; three children, Michael Stromberg and his wife, Rachelle, of Norman, Okla., Kristen Landick and her husband Timothy, of Cherry Hill, and Thomas Stromberg and his wife, Frances, of Stratford, along with four grandchildren: Alexandra, Logan, Julia, and Timmy.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at Christ the King Church in Haddonfield on Wednesday, July 29.