Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Henry Strobel

Aumsville - Henry, born on January 2, 1936 in
Tell City, IN, to the late Catherine M. Strobel and the late Henry A. Strobel
Sr., passed away at age 82 on August 28, in Salem.

Henry graduated from St. Meinrad Seminary (1958) and the University of San
Francisco (1967) with degrees in philosophy and physics. From 1962 to 1967,
Henry served in the Air Force as a communications officer (rank, Captain).

He married Susan M. Carter on July 14, 1973, in Fairfax, CA.

He became a successful entrepreneur in the field of electronics engineering in
the San Francisco area before moving to Aumsville in 1985. He is best known for
his contribution to the field of violin making, serving the Salem-Keizer area
school district and having authored and published a series of books that have
since become a respected, standard reference in violin shops and schools
worldwide. He also served on the Salem Youth Symphony Orchestra board of

Henry is known locally for his contributions to the preservation and
compilation of the History of Sublimity and its parish (St. Boniface Catholic
Church), serving as a founding member of the St. Boniface Archives and Museum
and appointed to the Portland Archdiocesan Historical Commission. He is also
founder and author of the Sublimity History and St. Boniface Catholic Church

Henry was the beloved husband of Susan M. Strobel. He was preceded in death by
his sisters, Francis O'Brian, Dorothy Ferrando, and Ann Wirthwein. Henry is
survived by his sons, Henry Strobel, Jr, and George Strobel; daughter,
Marguerite Robinson; brother, Paul Strobel; sisters, Mary Birchler, Rita
Brockman, and Carol Dauby; and grandchildren, Madylin and Adam Strobel, and
John, Carol, Gregory, Andrew and Catherine Robinson.