Audrey Elsie Kay Strobel, 92, of Frankfort, died October 30, 2023 at Wesley Manor. She was born January 1, 1931 in Roselyn, South Dakota to Adolph and Elsie (Marsh) Romereim. She married Maurice Fredrick Strobel on October 6, 1956 in Webster, South Dakota and he preceded her in death on December 6, 2021.
Audrey was a 1948 graduate of Webster High School in South Dakota, received her Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, and her Master’s degree in Social Work/Counseling from Ball State University. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in 1948 at age 17 in a farming community on the South Dakota prairie. She worked as a beautician, a day care operator, a homemaker, and a licensed counselor with a private practice in Richmond. Audrey was a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church in Frankfort.
In the mid-1990’s Audrey became aware of a neo-Nazi television program airing on the local cable access channel in Richmond that pushed denial of the Holocaust. When she demanded the show’s removal, she was rebuffed by station management, telling her the only way to get it off the air is to substitute it with a locally-produced show. Audrey then created, “Voices of Truth and Love,” a cable access TV show that included interviews with local soldiers who personally participated in the liberation of death camps, and with the rabbi of the town synagogue who explained the modern threats to our Jewish neighbors in Indiana. She produced “Voices” until the cable company dropped the neo-Nazi program.
Visitation and Services
Services were held in a virtual memorial with friends and surviving family. Clinton County Crematory and Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, assisted the family with arrangements.
her son David Strobel of Palm Harbor, FL, her daughter Kari Ragsdale of East Port, MI, and four grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Pearl Martin and brother, Fred Romereim.