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Karla M. (Strommer) Bartholomew

Karla M. (Strommer) Bartholomew
  • September 1, 1952 - December 19, 2010
  • Iowa City, Iowa

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“Land of the silver birch, Home of the beaver Where still the mighty moose wanders at will Blue lake and rocky shore I will return once more. ...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Squiggy

“I had the pleasure of working with Karla for the last couple of years at Pearson. She was a truly special person who always had a fun story to tell....Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Melissa Woode

“Karla was one of my first friends when we were little girls growing up in Superior. She and her magical family lived down the block from us...and we...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: becki (johnson) wilson - WI

“Please accept my deepest sympathy for Karla's passing. While I didn't know Karla well, I know she was always quick to lend a smile when I passed her...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Frosyne Mensendick ("Fro") - WA

“Long long ago in the 1960s in Cloquet I used to walk with Karla to school down Carlton Avenue. I lived on Carlton and 20th and she lived further down...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Brown - Minneapolis, MN

“I will always remember the night of the big snowfall of 2008 when neighbor dug out neighbor. Karla was the last to stop shoveling that night and she...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Hal Penick - Iowa City, IA

“I have known and worked with Karla for over twelve years - she was a great friend and teacher I will miss her dearly. To her family I send my...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Linnie Resor - San Antonio, TX

“My sympathy goes out to all of you. I could not have been more shocked to hear about Karla's death. I worked with Karla in Publishing Operations at...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Laura Jessen - Iowa City, IA

“I went to school with Corey. Karla was so nice and caring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Kelley and Eunice Stroud

“My deepest sympathy to Karla's family at this difficult time. I worked with Karla in Pub Ops at Pearson. She took me under her wing when I started...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Ellen Mattes - Iowa City, IA

“Mark & Family: So sorry to hear of your loss. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Briskey Family

“To all of Karla's family,It is with a very heavy heart that I extend my most deepest sympathy. I first met Karla in 2005 when we began our Alaska...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Carr - friend-co worker

“When I had Cory and Casey in kindergarten, Karla was always there to help with whatever was needed. She had a great sense of humor and understood...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: MJ Sopher - Coralville, IA

“Mark, Vicki & Becky, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Kevin & Teresa Elliott - IA

“Dear Karla, You are going to be missed so much! You will always be remembered as the go-to girl, who has the big heart and the willingness to always...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Ye Tong - Philadelphia, PA

“Josh, Trisha, Megan, Chris and the entire family; My heart and sympathy are with you all during this time of a huge loss in your lives. I was so...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Greene

“I am so sorry to hear of the loss in your family. Mrs. Strommer I will always remember Karla for her quick wit, love for her family and animals and I...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Kandis Becher - Fort Worth, TX

“I am so sorry to hear of Karla's passing. The one thing I will always remember of the Strommer girls is how they loved to sing. They are a very...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Donna M Bogs - Friend of Family

“I am deeply saddned by the news. I worked closely with Karla for many years when NCS was the contractor for the New Jersey Department of Education...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Veronica Orsi - NJ

“Chance, so sorry to hear about Karla. although I didn't know her, I know how much it hurts to loose a loved one. Please know my thoughts and prays...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Barb Bane - Iowa city, IA

“Julie,Vicki and family So sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathies. Kirk & Cris Villhauer ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Cris Villhauer - IA

“our thoughts are with each of you at this time. with warmest hugs kenny , linda , dustin and kelsi fobian andy, courtney and bryson eckrich ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Linda (Sexton) Fobian - iowa city, IA

“I worked with Karla for several years while I was at the New Jersey Department of Education. I loved Karla's sense of humor and seeing a bright side...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Wendy Roberts PIckett - Quinton, VA

“I am shocked. My deepest sympathies go out to Karla's family. Anyone who ever met Karla knew that they were the most important thing to Karla. I...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: stacy shack

“My sincere sympathy to Karla's family. From many conversations with Karla over many years, it was clear that her family was most precious to her. ...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff Vorwald - Saint Paul, MN

“Dear Cory & Caitlin, I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed meeting your Mom, and wish I'd had the opportunity to get to know her better. I'm...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa Chesher

“My daughter, Emma Wright, met Cory at Mark Twain when they went to kindergarten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Sharon...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Sharon Hansen - acquaintance

Karla M. (Strommer) Bartholomew, 58 died unexpectedly at her home Sunday, December 19, 2010.

Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2010, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with the Reverend Denny Coon officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Thursday until services and following the services. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Karla’s grandson, Cain’s education fund. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @

Karla M. Strommer was born September 1, 1952, in Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Donald E. and Jerine L. (Thomas) Strommer. She graduated from Cloquet, Minnesota High School in 1970, and then attended the University of Iowa. She was united in marriage to Richard “Chance” Bartholomew in May of 1983. For nearly forty years she was a dedicated employee of NCS later becoming Pearson here in Iowa City.

Karla will best be remembered for her kind, gentle, giving spirit and fun-loving nature. She was quick to find the bright side or humor in any situation and was the first one there when anyone needed help. Karla had a beautiful singing voice and was the beloved aunt and grandma who always had a special song, game or fun activity when babysitting. Karla had many interests, she loved reading, crocheting, trips to Minnesota, music, antiques, Star Trek, agates, old movies, and above all, her family!

Her family includes her mother, Jerine Stromer; husband, Chance; sons, Cory Bartholomew (Caitlin Grimsley) and Casey Bartholomew (Rachel Schooley) all of Iowa City; step-children, Chris (Kari) Cornwell of Iowa City; Meagan (Chad) Richardson of Lone Tree; and Josh (Trisha) Cornwell of Iowa City; grandchildren, Drew and Beau Cornwell, Deanna, Aurora, and Lee Richardson, and Cain Bartholomew; brothers, Tom Strommer (Deborah Best) of Bemidji, MN; Scott Strommer (Eilene Johnson) of Toledo, IA; and Mark (Lisa) Strommer of Iowa City; sisters, Vicki (Joe) Lalla of Iowa City; Julie (Rod) Sparks of Iowa City; Lori (Tom) Pace of West Liberty; and Becki (John) Sammons of Iowa City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Karla was preceded in death by her father, Don; and a step-daughter, Shantele Cornwell.