Obituary of Jane Strom
We are blessed and most thankful for the life of Jane Strom, who passed away on December 10,
Jane Ellen Botting was born on February 2, 1954, to Geraldine (Korzinek) and Robert Botting in
Racine, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School. She moved to California in
1979 to experience life without harsh winters and quickly fell in love with her new state as well
as the climate. Jane then pursued a business career, working first at Rockwell International in
Orange County before relocating to work at Palo Alto-based Varian Associates as an
In 1988 she married Roger Strom. They made their home in Los Altos, California. They were
blessed with three wonderful sons. While raising her family, she graduated from Cañada
College with an Associates’ degree in interior design.
Jane was warm, had a bright wit, and had many friends over the years. She was brilliant with
interior design, sewing, and quilting, an expert with fabrics, colors, textures, and patterns. She
identified herself as a “friend in fabric” and was a proud member of the American Society of
Interior Designers (ASID), a professional design organization. She loved nature and the outdoors
and was active in her community as an Art Docent. Most of all, she loved her three “handsome”
sons, Erik, Alec, and Zach.
Alzheimer’s Disease entered Jane’s life at an early age, and she fought a valiant 11-year battle
against this difficult disease. Her family is better for her presence in their lives and mourns her
Jane is survived by her sons Erik Strom, Alec “A.J.” Strom, and Zach Strom, and former husband,
Roger Strom. She is also survived by her siblings, Jeannine (Richard) Krajnak, Greg (Jim Dehne)
Botting, Barbara (Paul) Ruesch, Jon (Mary) Botting, and James (Patricia Olson) Botting.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Jane’s memory by donating to the Peninsula
Volunteers of Menlo Park, Calif., or to the Alzheimer’s Association.