Joan Theresa (Bomberger) Stremel April 30, 1936 - May 25, 2023
Joan Theresa (Bomberger) Stremel, known to everyone as Terry, was a compassionate and devoted mother. She passed away on May 25, 2023, at the age of 87 at Hopewest Hospice Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Several of her children were at her side. Terry was Born on April 30, 1936, in Winslow, AZ to Kathryne Buck Bomberger and Elon H. Bomberger. Terry is survived by her brother, Richard Bomberger of Silver Spring MD, and her 5 children, Glen Stremel of Grand Junction CO, Susan of Sun City, AZ, Theresa Englbrecht and her husband Tony of Grand Junction, CO, Steve Stremel and his wife Trisha of Wamego, KS, and Mic Stremel and his wife Sharon of Arvada, CO. “GT” her given nickname for Grandma Terry loved her 3 grandsons Joe, Gregory, and Jordan, and 2 granddaughters, Megan Thornton (Tyler) and Hannah Franklin (Eric). She was fortunate to meet her 2 sweet great-grandsons, Jaxson and Weston this past Christmas. She is also survived by her 3 nieces Kathryne, Shana and Kristina.
Terry dedicated her life to caring for others as a registered nurse, she worked until she was 67 years old, lastly for 19 years at St Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Her nurturing spirit and genuine empathy brought comfort to countless patients throughout her career. Joan's commitment to her profession was an inspiration to those around her, and her skillful care left a lasting impact on the lives she touched.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Terry was a loving mother to her five children. Despite the challenges she faced as a single parent, Terry's unwavering love and dedication shone through. She poured her heart into raising her children, providing them with a nurturing and supportive environment.
Terry had a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, particularly the desert landscapes that surrounded her. She found solace and joy in the rugged beauty of the desert, often spending time exploring its wonders. Terry’s love for nature extended to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens, where she would immerse herself in the vibrant colors and fragrances of the botanical world.
Her passion for art led her to develop a fondness for Native American paintings and pottery. She found beauty and meaning in the intricate designs and rich cultural history behind each piece. Joan's collection was a testament to her appreciation for Native American art and her desire to preserve their legacy.
Though she was known for her quiet demeanor, Terry had a big heart that touched the lives of those who knew her. Her kindness and compassion were always evident, and she often went out of her way to help those in need. Terry's selflessness and gentle nature made her a cherished friend and confidante.
Terry Stremel's memory will forever be treasured by her children, whose lives were shaped by her love and guidance. Her legacy of compassion, appreciation for nature and art, and quiet strength will continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in peace, surrounded by the love and beauty that she held dear.
A lunch time memorial service will be held on July 30, 2023 at Ralston Crossing Event Center in Arvada, Colorado. Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate Terry's life and share their cherished memories of her. Terry’s ashes will be spread in the eastern Arizona mountains per her request.