Lila Strandlund, of Coon Rapids, formerly of Braham, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. She was 88 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at the Faith Lutheran Church of Coon Rapids (11115 Hanson Blvd NW- Coon Rapids MN 55433). VISITATION from 9-11 am on Saturday at the church. INTERMENT will be at 3pm Saturday in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.
Lila Ruby Strandlund, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, passed away December 15, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. She was 88 years old.
Lila was born at home June 28, 1920 in Comfort Township, Kanabec County, Minnesota to Andrew and Amelia Yute. She grew up on the family farm, the second of five siblings, and attended school until the untimely death first of her father and then her mother; at which time Lila left school at the age of 13 and entered the work force to help support her family. Between the ages of 13-17 Lila worked hard cleaning houses, babysitting and doing odd jobs. And it was this strong work ethic, and altruistic nature to forgo the self, that would set the tone for the rest of her life.
At 17 Lila went to work for the Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka and in the few years following met and married her one true love, Rodney Strandlund. They were married on October 18, 1941. Less than a year later they were blessed with twin girls, Sharon and Sandy, and resided near Minneapolis while Rod worked in a local machine shop and Lila took care of the girls.
A few years later they moved to a farm in Brunswick and after to a farm in Stanchfield. During which time the girls attended school while Rod worked the farm and hauled gravel, and Lila started work as a Human Service Technician at Cambridge State hospital.
On September 30, 1960 Lila’s strength was again tested when she was delivered the heartbreaking news that Rodney was killed in an automobile accident by a drunk driver. Having lost the love of her life, but still having to raise two girls, Lila picked up the pieces and moved into an apartment in Braham, Minnesota. She stayed on there until her two girls married in 1963 and 1964, respectively. She then followed her career to Michigan and worked four years at Pontiac General Hospital, increasing the depth and breadth of her health care knowledge.
Five years later Lila moved to Coon Rapids, Minnesota and began working as a Human Service Technician at Anoka State Hospital. A career she excelled in, gaining respect from her colleagues as an honest hardworking person, and showing professionalism and compassion to her patients. It was here she found her calling and didn’t formally retire until she was 73 years old – working part time until she was 78.
Lila was an achiever, and finished what she started. So in 1970, at an age when most simply accept what-is, she showed her ambition and intelligence again by completing her high school education. An incredible achievement to which she was extremely proud.
Upon returning from Michigan Lila lived in Coon Rapids for a brief time then bought a humble home just outside of Anoka, Minnesota. After working and saving for some years she bought a town-home in Coon Rapids (a home she loved) and resided there for the balance of her life.
During these many years Lila traveled frequently with friends and family visiting most of the United States as well as crossing the ocean to Hawaii and, most ambitiously, a trip in 1969 to Spain. She loved road trips and seeing new things and experiencing new people – and sharing these experiences with all who would listen. Lila loved family most and doted on her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent her hours at home busy in the garden watering the many trees and plants she cared for. To those who knew her, this was an obvious manifestation of her appreciation for life and growth.
She was a kind person and loved and was loved in return for the many people she touched. She was a Christian who believed in God’s purpose for all our lives and her wish was for kindness and peace. She spent many hours attending weekly services, felt it her duty to give regular donations, and after retirement volunteered twice a week at the church folding brochures and sharing life memories with fellow volunteers.
In her long and beautiful life Lila was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother…and friend.
Lila was preceded in death by her parents; husband Rodney Strandlund; two sisters Evelyn and May; and one brother Donald.
She is survived by sister Ruby Mattson; daughters Sharon Strandlund and Sandy Bjerkness; grandchildren Darron and Laura Dickinson, Derek Dickinson and fiance Oana Toma; great-grandchildren Morgan, Dylan and Raegan; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gram, we love you. We cherish you and hold you deep in our hearts. You have a kind soul which lives now peacefully in the House of Our Lord. Until we meet again…
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at the Faith Lutheran Church of Coon Rapids with Rev. Ken Knutson officiating. Music was proved by Maggie Akhavan and Diane Oslund. Casket Bearers were Derek Dickinson, Dean Dickinson, Darron Dickinson, Darryl Dickinson, Zonnie Strandlund, and Lonnie Strandlund. Interment was in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements were with the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. www.aifuneralhome.com