Janet M. Stroman, a registered nurse and retired administrator for the Erie County Department of Social Services, died last Saturday in Seneca Health Care Center, West Seneca, after a brief illness. She was 99.
Born Janet O'Neil in St. Louis, she moved to Buffalo with her family at a young age. She graduated from Bennett High School.
After graduating as president of her nursing class at University of Michigan Hospital, she worked for six months at the American Hospital in Paris, where she also modeled briefly.
When she returned to the United States, she worked for two years as the private nurse for Detroit Tigers owner Walter Briggs. She returned to Buffalo and worked for the Travelers Aid Society. In 1934, she started working at the Erie County Department of Social Services as a caseworker.
She married Edward A. Stroman in 1939 and raised a family.
Mrs. Stroman returned to work at the Department of Social Services in 1958 and climbed the ranks, retiring in 1976 as general casework consultant.
A forward thinker, Mrs. Stroman accomplished many firsts while working for Social Services. In the 1930s, she advocated for hiring more black caseworkers and trained and supervised the first class. She also was the first caseworker assigned to the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.
She loved to dance, and she and her husband had been regulars at the Buffalo Yacht Club.
Her husband died in 1991. Mrs. Stroman is survived by two sons, Michael and William, and three daughters, Janet, Christy and Susan.
A service will be scheduled.