ELLEN “ELLIE” STRAND

e-strand-web-photo.jpgEllen “Ellie” Strand, formerly of the Grasston Area, died Thursday, February 14, 2008 at the Prairieview Health Care Center in Tracy, MN. She was 97 years old.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston, MN. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Grasston Union Cemetery.

Ellen Clara Johanna Swan was born at home near Grasston, Minnesota, to Fred and Mary (Dahlin) Swan on July 24, 1910. Whe was the oldes of six children.

She was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston.

Ellie went to normal training to be a teacher in Mora, MN. She taught eight grades in Morse School for eight years.

On July 24, 1937, Ellie was united in marriage to Sig Strand at the family’s home. They had two children, Mary Ellen and Fred.

Ellie’s favorite past-times included: crocheting, visiting with family and friends, holding grandchildren, admiring photographs, reading letters, and enjoying coffee and cookies.

Ellie passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2008. She lived for 97 years.

She is survived by hear daughter, Mary Ellen (Dennis) DeRuyck of Milroy, MN and son, Fred (Sandy) Strand of White Bear Lake, MN; 8 grandchildren: Jennifer DeRuyck (Louie Gonzales, Jeff DeRuyck (Liz Biggs), Jason (Nicole) DeRuyck, Kris (Scott) Munger, Kim DeRuyck (Justin Haugen), Jamie (Kevin) Feeney, Jodi Strand and Marnie Strand; 8 great-grandchildren: Alyssa Becker, Jessica DeRuyck, Megan Gonzales, Ethan Gonzales, Trey Feeney, Ryan Gonzales, Ellie Feeney and Avery Munger; sister, Myrtle Telstad of Braham, MN; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sig; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Memorials are preferred to the Prairieview Health Care Center Activities Fund.

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