A Mass of Christian burial for James P. Stromberg, a retired Baltimore police colonel, will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive at Chatham Road, Ellicott City.
Colonel Stromberg, who lived in Ellicott City, died Wednesday at theage of 67 at St. Joseph Hospital from complications of cancer.
He retired in 1985. He had been chief of the department's Community Service Division for much of the time since 1978. In 1983 and 1984, he commanded the Traffic Division.
He joined the department in 1948, serving first in the old Northeastern Division and then in the crime laboratory.
In 1966, he was transferred to the Property Division. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1968, two years before being named a major and commander of the Property Division.
By 1974, he was head of youth services in the Community Service Division.
The Baltimore native was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Joseph HighSchool. He studied at the Community College of Baltimore, the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky., and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
During World War II, he was a Navy aviation metalworker.
He was a member of the Serra Club and a leader of the Janus Group at Stella Maris Hospice, an organization for the bereaved.
L His first wife, the former Margaret Creighton, died in 1987.
Colonel Stromberg is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Spedalere Gill; a daughter, Teresa Stromberg of Baltimore; two sons, Donald Stromberg of Columbia and James Stromberg of Catonsville; a stepson, John Gill of Eldersburg; a sister, Katherine Hildt of Randallstown; and six grandchildren.