Bert Standlund, of Winter Haven, FL, formerly of Brunswick area, passed away on, Friday, December 25, 2009 in Winter Haven, Florida. He was 90 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Brunswick with Rev. Lori Blake presiding.
A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow the service at the church
INTERMENT will be in the Riverside Cemetery of Brunswick
Bertrand Hilding Strandlund, of Winter Haven, Florida, spent Christmas in his home with his family, and peacefully went to heaven during the night of December 25, 2009. He was 90 years old.
Bert Standlund was born on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1919 to parents Algot and Beda (Lodin) Strandlund in Braham, Minnesota; one of eleven children.
Residing in Nisswa, Minnesota from May to September and Winter Haven, Florida from October to April, Bert and his wife Harriet (nee Nordin) celebrated a 63 year romance that began March 17, 1946 as a double ring ceremony in Bayport, Minnesota with his brother Roy and wife Jean. Bert and Harriet were blessed with three daughters, Pam, Paula, and Sheila.
After graduating from Mora High School, Bert was drafted into the Army. As a member and Staff Sergeant in the 3rd Battalion, 135th Infantry, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division, he fought in the Tunisian, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley campaigns of World War II from 1941 to 1945.
Upon returning to civilian life, Bert spent two years at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis in preparation for his work in auto repair and eventual ownership of “Bert’s Body Shop” in Stacy, Minnesota. Prompted by his war related physical conditions, he was advised by his physician to seek a change in his profession. From 1961 until his retirement in 1979, Bert served as Postmaster in Stacy, Minnesota.
Bert is known by his friends and family for his wonderful sense of humor, his love for ‘his girls’, a love of baseball and golf, and his skill in bowling.
Bert is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Raymond, Rodney, Harriet, Ruby, Larry, Erling, Lyle, and Roy.
Bert is survived by his wife Harriet Strandlund, daughters Pamela (Earl) Torkkola of Hugo, Paula Jo (Alan) Lundberg of Prior Lake, and Sheila (Robert) Klym of Lakeville; brother Zonnie (Jean) Strandlund of Rice Lake, WI; sister Loretta Gotfredson of Cambridge; 6 grandchildren Jackie Colter, Angie Colter, Becky Colter, Evan Lundberg, Jennifer Morrison, Lauren Morrison; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.