Lucy Stromquist

Lucy L. Stromquist

Friday, December 21st, 1923 - Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
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Lucy L. Stromquist, 95, who was born and raised in Longmont, CO, peacefully passed away October 1, 2019.
Born December 21, 1923 in Longmont to Denzel and Mildred (Mahan) Hartshorn, Lucy was a force in the community for her entire life. She graduated from Longmont High School in 1941where she played clarinet in the band and was a nationally recognized debater who earned a trip to compete in Washington D.C.

Lucy attended Colorado State University and was selected for an accelerated aeronautical engineering program in Ames, Iowa at the outbreak of WWII. There, she was involved in the design and manufacturing of the P-38 aircraft.

On January 21, 1943 she married her high school sweetheart, Arthur Stromquist, who was in the US Army European Front. Following the War, Lucy and Art lived in Longmont while they farmed and Art attended Colorado A&M (CSU) where he earned his BS in agricultural science. Together, Art and Lucy created a productive farm enterprise and were later joined by their two sons, Luke and Charlie. Lucy had many roles on the farm-- consultant with Art and her boys, head bookkeeper, truck driver beside the beet puller, weed burner/controller, gourmet cook for the farm crew, and, above all, loving wife and mother.

When her children had launched their lives, Lucy attended UNC to complete her Master’s degree in education and school administration. Lucy began her second career with Saint Vrain Valley Schools where she was the director of Adult Education for over 30 years. Having touched and changed the lives of thousands of people in the community, she retired in 2003 at the age of 79. In addition, Lucy worked at the Colorado Department of Education where she travelled throughout the state training other adult educators. She was named Adult Educator of the Nation by CASAS in 1996.

Active in the community, Lucy was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.E.O. Chapter DI, Sunshine Club, and HEO (Help Each Other). She also was a Sunday school teacher, a 4-H leader for livestock and cooking/sewing clubs, and a part of every parent group in her children’s schools.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Art, and sisters, Dorotha Hartshorn, Nadine Henry and Jane Eastlack.

Lucy is survived by four children: Luke Stromquist and wife Jolene; Lorraine Stromquist, Dorotha Ekx and husband, Doug; and Charles Stromquist and wife Sue; ten grandchildren: Shannon, Sloane; Evan, Erin; Chris, Carlie and Tyler; and Luke, Ryan, and Blake; and 14 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Cremation is entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lucy Stromquist Scholarship Fund in care of the Education Foundation of St. Vrain Valley School District. Visit to share condolences.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 11:00am
    First Evangelical Lutheran Church
    803 Third Ave.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Reception

    First Evangelical Lutheran Church
    803 Third Ave.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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    A reception will immediately follow the memorial service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.


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Kent Willmannn

Posted at 10:06am
Dorotha and family,
Our condolences for your loss. Lucy set a powerful example of civic engagement . It is easy to see how much richer our community is because of her public and private efforts. Clearly those ideals have been transmitted to her family. Wishing you much comfort. Kent and Keely Willmann

Sue Knaus

Posted at 12:35am
To the Stromquist Family,
We send our sympathy to you on your Mom's passing. I never realized how eventful her life was! Dorth and Tyler-I have many questions for you when we see each other at the Y. What an interesting and purposeful woman Lucy was! I know you all took good care of her until the end- you must cherish this.
Mike and Sue Knaus

Mei Y. Wilkinson

Posted at 09:47pm
I am so thankful for all the help and love Lucy gave me as she helped me earn my citizenship. A special friend and she will always live in my heart.
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Nancy Sloan

Posted at 05:53pm
Lucy was Longmont's finest bar none. Fond memories of time spent in her company on CSU road trips and booster club.
Sincere heartfelt sympathy to her family.
Nancy Sloan

Lori Brucklacher

Posted at 03:31pm
Lucy was an amazing woman and Teacher. She touched many lives. Both Mom and I send our love and prayers.
Lori Heil Brucklacher and Nancy Newton

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