AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Melva Strom, of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at her home. She was 91 years old.
PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Melva Matilda Strom, of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at her home. She was 91 years old.
Melva was born August 26, 1928 near Menahga, MN to Matilda and August Lempiainen. She was one of six siblings which included a twin brother Melvin, a brother George and sisters Ellen, Lila and Darlene.
After her mother’s death when Melva was six, she and her sisters lived briefly with relatives, then were separated and lived in an orphanage and foster homes while her brothers remained at home to help run the farm. The family was able to stay in contact through the years.
Melva attended Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, graduating in 1946. She accepted Jesus as her Savior as a teenager and attended Grace Baptist Church in Minneapolis where she later met her husband Dennis. The two were married in 1950 and had two children, Bonnie and Randy.
In 1957, they moved to Mora and purchased property near Knife Lake where they lived the rest of their lives. Melva worked for the Mora Public Schools for 28 years as a secretary, retiring in 1993. She and Dennis were active members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora, leading youth groups, involved with the bus outreach ministry and hosting church picnics.
She was interested in history and enjoyed reading, poetry and music. She remained well informed about current events and politics to the end of her life.
Melva is preceded in death by husband Dennis, sister Ellen Mahon, twin brother Melvin Lempiainen and great granddaughter Wesley Strom.
She is survived by daughter Bonnie Ascher (Todd), son Randy Strom (Sherry), sisters Lila Grider and Darlene Ballard, brother George Lempiainen, six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren