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Grateful family leaves $200k to Linn County Options

The Linn County Board of Supervisors accepted an unrestricted gift of $201,383 from the estate of Vivian and Walter Stromer on Monday.

Walter Stromer was a speech professor at Cornell College who died in 2005. His wife Vivian Stromer died in 2006, according to Jim Nagel, director of Options of Linn County.

The Stromers left the money to Options, which provides vocational help to adults with disabilities, because their daughter Anne was disabled and Options gave helped her quite a bit in the 1970s and early 1980s, when it was called the Sheltered Workshop.

She was killed in a car accident May 9, 1982, at age 25, Nagel said. The Stromers marked the money for Options, but did not indicate what they wanted the gift to go toward.

“We were just listed in the list of beneficiaries, and that’s it,” Nagel said.

It will likely be used for some kind of endowment, he said.


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