Wendell Strandberg of Mora, formerly of Isle, died on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at First Light Health System of Mora. He was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held 11:00 am. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Isle, with Rev. Mark Maunula officiating.
VISITATION will be held on Friday, Dec. 26, from 5-7 pm. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hr. prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Sunset Cemetery, Isle, MN
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Wendell Strandberg passed away on December 20th, 2014 at FirstLight Health System in Mora, after a good life with family, friends, and fun. He was 86 years old.
Wendell Leland Strandberg was born on May 21, 1928 at Alcestor, SD the youngest child of Swedish emigrant parents, Carl and Elmy (Erickson) Strandberg, who came to the USA in the early 1920’s.
His family moved to the Strandberg homestead south of Isle, MN in 1936 when Wendell was 8 yrs. old. He attended the Clay Country School in Hillman Township completing the 8th grade. He helped on the family farm, worked at several saw mills in the area and his first job was as a ‘grease monkey’ at Hornquist Garage in Mora. He was drafted into the Armed Services in 1952 and spent 11 months on the front lines in the Korean Conflict.
Wendell met Connie Zortman while she was attending Isle High School and they were married 2 weeks after his discharge from the army in 1952. They farmed and to supplement the family income he worked at various jobs in the area driving truck, doing sawmill work, and delivering yachts for Blue Water Yacht Co. in Mora. With farming no longer a profitable endeavor for him, Wendell went to work in Minneapolis in 1970 and retired from Johnson Screens in November of 1992. After retirement he did some driving for his nephew Dan Tramm’s business, Northland Process Piping. He loved to ‘gab’ and visit with others.
Wendell and Connie had four children: Dianne (Bryan) Wachsmuth of Hillman Township, Randy Strandberg (deceased in 1974), Richard (Becky) Strandberg of Hillman Township, and Colleen (Richard) Sinell of southern Kanabec County. They have 6 grandchildren, Josh (Kristin)Wachsmuth, Elizabeth (Kevin) Eklund, Jenny (Jeremy) Ringler, Kasey Strandberg, Wendy (Justin) Linder, Lindsey (Nick) Atchison. Sixteen great grandchildren, Zachary and Austin Wachsmuth and Abigail and Brigit Mackie; Ellie and Mason Eklund; Jessyca, Jessalyn and Jeryka Ringler; Olivia, Julianna and Cameron Linder; Dre’, Shelby, Amelia and Willow Atchison. He also had one brother, Fred, who preceded him in death in September 1986, and one sister, Lillie Mae, who now lives at Gracepointe Crossing in Cambridge.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, December 27th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Isle, MN. Rev. Mark Maunula officiated. Music was provided by Vera Rick. Pallbearers were Todd Zortman, Chris Zortman, Jesse Zortman, Joshua Wachsmuth, Bob Olson Jr. and Dan Tramm. Honorary pallbearers were Wendell’s granddaughters. Interment was at Sunset Park Cemetery in Isle with the Isle VFW Post 2816 providing military honors.
Arrangements were handled by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com