Thursday, February 20, 2020

Joyce Trom, 88, Blooming Prairie

Joyce O. Trom, age 88 of Blooming Prairie, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Austin. 

Joyce Orraine Peterson was born March 29, 1927, to Ormanzo and Mabel (Thompson) Peterson. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School before completing her teacher’s training at the Normal School in Austin. On Aug. 15, 1948, Joyce married Ralph M. Trom at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin. The couple raised five children. 

Joyce taught country school for three years, and then operated her own catering business with her sister, Mildred Christianson. She was employed for several years as manager and head chef at the Oaks Country Club in Hayfield, as well as catering events at the Servicemen’s Club and working as a sales clerk at Harriet’s Dres-Wel in Blooming Prairie and Lundberg’s in Austin. 

A member of First Lutheran Church, where she was an active volunteer, Joyce enjoyed cooking, playing cards and playing bingo with her grandchildren. She belonged to the homemaker’s group Prairie Chix, Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary. Joyce will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her daughters Janell Smith of Bonita Springs, Florida, Sharman (Thomas) Walerak of Hayfield, Becky (Mark) Noble of Blooming Prairie, Lisa (Kurt) Schrom of Newnan, Georgia; son Tim (Cathy) Trom of Byron; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Francis (Marge) Peterson of Spooner, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Ormanzo and Mabel Peterson; husband Ralph Trom in 2006; sons-in-law James Smith and Jeff Polen; four sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 8, 2015, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. Memorials can be directed to First Lutheran Church or recipient of donor’s choice. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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