Alfred Strohschein of Mora, died on November 15 at Cambridge, Minnesota. He was 96 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. VISITATION will be 12:30 until time of service at the church. INTERMENT will be at a later date.
Alfred (Al) Reinhart August Strohschein was born May 28, 1912 in Albion Township, Wright County, Minnesota. He died November 15, 2008 in Mora. On November 12, 1943 Al married Helen Louise Wittman in Kiester, Minnesota. They enjoyed 44 years of marriage. Together they had three children, all of whom survive him: Susan (Philip Peterson) of Mora, Karl of McDonough, Georgia, and Sara, of Schaumburg, Illinois. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kevin Strohschein of McDonough; Jacob Peterson of Grand Rapids; Amanda (Garrett) Kolpin of Inver Grove Heights; Thomas (TJ) of Pine City; Paul (Melissa) Peterson of Chisago City; Kristin (Chip) Shea of East Grand Forks and great-grandchildren Paige, Marissa, Kierney, Braden, and Connor.
Al was the last of twelve children born to Karl Friederick and Wilhelmine Maria (Kamann) Strohschein. He was graduated from Buffalo (MN) High School in 1931. He excelled in sports, playing basketball and football for the Buffalo Bison. Immediately after graduating he began his career in the dairy industry, initially apprenticing with his brother, Theodore (Ted), in Pettibone, North Dakota. Al attended the University of Minnesota’s Dairy School in the late 1930’s and completed a shortcourse in dairy operations and buttermaking. In 1941, after working for the creamery in Owatonna, Al accepted his first managerial position in Kiester. He spent the next 40 years managing dairymen’s cooperative creameries in Gibbon, Mabel, Delano, Jordan, and Isanti, all in Minnesota. From 1957 through 1959 he operated a milk trucking business with his nephew, Stanley Strohschein, in Marshall. Al started a new career in cheese quality control in 1968, working first for North Star Dairies, then Mid-America Dairies, and finally Land O’Lakes. He retired in 1982 and lived in Cambridge at the time. Following Helen’s death in 1987 he moved to Mora to be near a daughter and her family. He enjoyed woodworking, wood carving, and formula baking.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Albert, Martha (Lampert), Ernest, Linda (Kulbalsky), Arthur, Adina, Edwin, Esther, Theodore, Walter, Lydia (Peterson).
Services held November 18, 2008 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Pastors Gregg Coop and David Strohschein officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Al will be remembered fondly for his witticism, the twinkle in his blue eyes and missed beyond measure.