Helen A. Strand, age 104, of Oak Grove died March 11, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 18th at Glen Cary Lutheran Church, 15531 Central Ave NE, Ham Lake. Visitation one hour prior to the service and also from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, March 17th ALSO AT THE CHURCH. Interment Oak Leaf Cemetery in East Bethel.
Helen Amalia Strand,age 104 of Oak Grove. Passed away peacefully at home in her sleep March 11, 2014. Born June 2, 1909 in Harmony, MN to Jacob and Carrie Strand. Graduate of Winona State Teachers College, (2 yr), St. Olaf College, (BA), University of Minnesota, (MA, PhD). Taught primary school in rural Harmony (Big Springs), Donaldson, Lockhart, Spring Grove, and Aitkin, MN. Lieutenant USNR (WAVES) during WWII, Navy Department, Bureau of Ordinance. Also worked at the War Department, Post Office Department and Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. before returning to Minnesota to pursue her MA and PhD. Professor of Education at Luther College, 1954-1974. Fulbright lecturer, Cuttington College, Liberia, 1966. Director of Students, Upward Bound Program, Liberia, 1969-1972. American Lutheran Church missionary teaching at Balob Teachers College, Lae, Papua New Guinea, 1974-1979. During retirement she was a board member of “The Box Project”, helping to support a Mississippi family by periodically sending boxes of food and clothing. Also volunteered at the Center for Victims of Torture, taught Sunday School at Glen Cary and served on the Glen Cary Mission committee. Faith, family, friends, education and travel were the most special things in her life. Preceded in death by her parents, brother Arthur Strand, sisters Bessie Blatchly and Marion Strand Carlson, and all of her first cousins, (American and Norwegian). Survived by sister Elizabeth (Dale) Reishus, nephews Allen, Howard and James (Carol) Strand, Jacoby (Bev Kelley), Diek, and Achim (Wendy) Carlson, Bob and Tom Reishus; nieces Corrine Mix, Chris (Bruce) Beaubien, Renee Anderson, Heidi (Marc Blackburn) Severson and Patti Post. All of the children of her nieces and nephews, other relatives, friends and former students.