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Meredith E. Trom

Meredith E. Trom, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Hearthstone Manor, Woodstock.

She was born March 4, 1925, in Chicago to William and Eileen (Karsten) Matthes.

She married Staff Sgt. William V. Hoffstetter who was killed in action in February 1945. 

On May 4, 1946, she married Frank Trom at St. Gilbert Church, Grayslake, and they celebrated more than 60 years of marriage.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley. She was a loving wife and mother, not to mention the world’s best cook. For years she prepared Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners that would last for hours and serve as many as 20 relatives. 

She and Frank moved to Arizona in 1973, and they returned to Illinois in 2005. After moving to Arizona, Meredith discovered she had a real talent for oil painting and china painting. She taught others her arts with great pride. She also enjoyed playing bridge and Skip-Bo.

Survivors include her three sons, Dennis (Mary Ann) Trom, Lawrence (Sandra) Trom and Kevin (Audrie) Trom; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her sister, Kathleen (Arthur) Holt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; her second husband; and her brother, Robert Matthes.

A visitation and funeral Mass were held Dec. 23 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hartland. Burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010. Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home.


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