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Anne Caroline Surom of Strawberry Point

Anne Caroline Surom, 86, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Garnett Place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 31, 1937, in Arkansas, the daughter of James and Thelma (Johnson) Burrow. Anne was raised and educated in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was a graduate of Little Rock Junior College.

On New Year’s Eve in 1955, Anne and Herb met in Little Rock at a roller-skating rink. On March 1, 1959, Anne was united in marriage to Herbert “Herb” Surom, Jr. Three sons were born to this union. Anne worked in advertising and marketing in Little Rock and later for Younkers in Des Moines. After moving to Strawberry Point, Anne worked as a correspondent for the local newspapers. She also worked as the manager for the Gernand Retirement Village. Anne and Herb resided in Strawberry Point for 53 years before moving to Cedar Rapids during the past year to be closer to family.

Anne was a longtime member of Emanuel Lutheran Church. She was a wonderful caregiver and mother. Anne loved to cook for her family and never let anyone go hungry. She loved their cats, was an avid reader, and enjoyed oil and watercolor painting. She liked going on trips to the cranberry festival in Wisconsin, to Lanesboro, Minnesota, with close friends, and driving through Backbone State Park with her family. Above all else, Anne loved her family and spending time with them was special.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 65 years, Herb Surom, Jr. of Strawberry Point; her sons, Corey (Diane) Surom of Atkins, Clay (Kristen) Surom of Iowa City, and Chad (Laura) Surom of Marion; grandchildren, Savannah (Jonny) Pomerleau, Sophia Surom, Hailee and Kelsey Barr, and Megan Mullan; and many friends.

Anne was preceded in death by her parents, and grandson, Sebastian Surom.

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Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa, with Pastor Kate Johnson officiating.

Visitation: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Interment: East Paint Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery, Waterville, Iowa



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