Bessie Marie Strom

February 06, 1929 - August 04, 2018

Bessie Marie Strom of Cadillac passed away August 4, 2018 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was 89.

Bessie was born February 6, 1929 in Axin, Cherry Grove Township, Michigan to Albion and Laura Belle (Hodges) Strom on the family farm.

She went to Nixon School through the 6th grade and later graduated from Tustin in 1948. Bessie has worked at many places over the years. She worked at a toy factory on Haynes Street, at the Northwood Coffee Shop, the Viking Restaurant, which was across the street from the Goodrich Plant. She also cleaned at the Locust Lane Cabins. Bessie had worked at Plymouth Industries and most recently worked at Delfield Company until 1985, when it moved out of Cadillac.

Bessie was always on hand to help with all the families get together. She was close with her sisters and brothers and yet was a fiercely independent person. She enjoyed country music and doing crossword puzzles. Bessie was a diamond in the rough. She regularly attended Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her siblings: Anna Nixon-Hosmer, Dell “Pete” (Virginia) Strom, Charles “Chuck” (Beverly) Strom, Marian (Robert) Finnerty and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by siblings and their spouses: John “Harold” (Ellen) Strom, F. Leo (Beverly) Strom, Frances (Leon) Bigelow, Albion Junior (Dora Lynn) Strom; brothers-in-law, Bruce Nixon and Melvin “Pete” Hosmer.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Brian Farmer officiating. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at Cherry Grove Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene. An online guestbook is available at

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