BERTRAND H. STRANDLUND

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.

9 guestbook entries for BERTRAND H. STRANDLUND

  1. Shelley December 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34;18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  2. Charles L. Peterson December 30, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Harriet & Family

    Sorry for the loss of Bert. The Peterson Waller Legion Post will miss him. Many good memories from him fixing cars, being postmaster, and legion activities.
    My sympathy to the family.

    Charles L Peterson
    Cromwell MN

  3. Tim Olson January 3, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I will miss his wonderful sense of humor. It was fun to watch him and my Dad, Vern, kid each other. I also remember spending many Christmas’s in Stacy. We would wait in anticipation for Uncle Bud to open each gift and shout “poached oysters!”

  4. Jerry & Bev Klym January 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Harriet, Sheila, Bob and Family:
    Our thoughts are with all of you. What a wonderful person Bert was, and always surrounded by a loving family. We will always have fond memories of him.

  5. JoAnn (Heise) Heesch January 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Harriet and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing, may you know that our hearts and prayers go out too you and your family. I’ll always remember those memories of the State Fair with your family. My Dad and Bert were two peas in a pod, very loving and giving people. I was so glad that Mom was able too visit with you and Bert this past summer. Take care. We love you all, Love, JoAnn

  6. Kim Strandlund O'Neil January 4, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Harriet, Pam, Paula & Sheila – I am so sorry to learn of Uncle Buddy’s passing. May all your great memories help you through this difficult time.

  7. Ardeen & Sharon Beers January 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Dear Harriet & Family,
    We were saddened to learn of your loss. You all & Bert are fondly remembered for your kindness & making us feel welcome to the Stacy community so many years ago. Our thoughts & prayers are for you at this difficult time. Please acept our sincere sympathy. Ardeen & Sharon

  8. Bob Byers January 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    The Strandlund family,
    Sorry to hear about Bert’s passing.
    He hired me in 1976 as a carrier in the Stacy Post Office.
    He was a fair and honest Postmaster, a very nice person. God Bless you all and comfort you.

  9. Jiim Keacher January 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Dear Harriet and family, Our sympathy goes out to you at this time. Bert made a great postmaster as he was friendly and had a smile for everyone. He was in the hardware store two years ago and we had a good visit. He looke the same as he had when he worked here in Stacy. Our prayers are with you at this time. Jim and Donna Keacher

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