Kathleen Strand, of Montevideo, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 87.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo with Rev. Marie Eckberg officiating. Burial will be in Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens.
Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Kathleen Ramona (Hanson) Strand was born on April 25, 1932 in Benson, MN, the daughter of Emil and Elsie (Golden) Hanson. She was baptized August 27, 1932. The family moved from the farm to Montevideo where they became members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and she was confirmed April 14, 1946. Kathy graduated from Montevideo High School in 1950. She was united in marriage with Kenneth Strand November 30, 1950 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo.
Kathy was always busy and was a hard worker. She was very intelligent and aspired to become a teacher. Although that didn't come to fruition, she was always working. Kathy worked as a legal secretary, was a partner and seamstress in the Valet Cleaners, and was a long-time employee at Arneson's Snyder Drug, where many referred to her as the "Hallmark Lady." She also did janitorial work for Our Savior's. She was also a member of the Altar Guild and Circle at Our Savior's. She took joy in being active with the Church.
Although she always had a job, she raised three children, Patricia, Kevin, and Keith. She also realized the need for family time and relaxation, as the family took many vacations. Some of the favorite locations were going to the lake, she and Kenny rented a lot at Lake Mary. They also traveled to the Black Hills.
Kathy and Kenny would have friends over, and they loved playing cards. They were also members of a couples bowling league. Kathy enjoyed gardening vegetables, as well as flowers. She had a fondness for bleeding hearts, but loved flowers of many varieties. Her interest in sewing didn't end when her time as a seamstress ended. She patched clothes, and created whole garments.
She was an excellent cook and baker, there was always food and snacks at her house. No one left her house hungry. Her food was enjoyed by many, as she had many friends and a large family. Family gatherings were always held at her home, the star being the great food and desserts.
Kathy was a very thoughtful and caring person. She remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and every holiday. This was marked by greeting cards. She had cards for every occasion and frequently sent out cards. Above all, Kathy cherished relationships - friends and family alike. She loved to get together with people, have a cup of coffee and talk.
Kathy is survived by three children: Patricia Jacobsen of Willmar, Kevin Strand of Montevideo, and Keith (Sue) Strand of Boyd; seven grandchildren: Kara (Jesse) Skaggs, Maigan Olson, Ryan Pederson, Shane (Emily) Lemke, Robertt (Christina) Lemke, Ashley (Zack) Moen, and Lexcy (Austin) Beattie; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister: Elaine (Kenny) Korsmo of Raymond.
Preceding her death were her parents, a child - Larry, her husband, Kenneth, and a granddaughter, Kaelyn.
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