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Mildred Strand

Mildred “Millie” Strand left this temporary earthly home and entered her eternal heavenly home on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 Mildred was born May 30, 1925 to parents Knute and Anna (Flisrand) Thorsgard at their farm home, Northwood, North Dakota. She attended country school for eight years and graduated from Northwood High School, then attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 She married Rev. John Strand in 1945 and they lived in Grafton, ND, Tioga, ND, Minneapolis, MN, and Fargo, ND before retiring to northern Minnesota.  John passed away in 1997.  Also preceding Millie in death were her parents, brothers, Ernest, Kenneth, and Lloyd, sisters-in-law, Ina and Judy, and brother-in-law, Wendell Erickson.

 She is survived by sisters Kathryn Erickson and Ruth (Don) Homme, sons, Steven, Michael (Barbara), and Jonathan (Ruth), grandchildren Robert, Erica (Tim), Justin (Kristen), Alicia, Erin (Macalan), great grandson, Sebastian, and numerous  nieces and nephews.

 A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church, Northwood, North Dakota–where Millie was baptized, confirmed, and married.

 Burial will be in Northwood South Cemetery.

The service will also be live-streamed at https://www.ebenezerflc.org/live-streaming/ and https://www.facebook.com/Ebenezer-Free-Lutheran-Church-Northwood-ND-140955862637003.

Memorials are preferred to AFLC Parish Education.

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Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear mother. She always seemed so please to see us when we were together. She loved to tell me I was the FIRST Barbara Jean Strand. We will be sending a $50.00 donation in her memory. Our prayers for you as you miss ger tender heart and beautiful smile.

Ron/Barb Strabd Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Millie was a very special lady to me. She was my pastor's wife when John served at St. Paul's Free Lutheran church in Fargo, ND. She was the wife of the first president of the AFLC. And she was a great encourager to the WMF. I looked forward to getting her Christmas letter every year. God bless her memory.

Lorilee Mundfrom Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy to Steven, Michael, Jonathan and families. To me Millie's faith, warmth, and kindness could only be exceeded by her wonderful smile! She was truly a very special person and a very special aunt.
Sherri Strand McGeehan

Sharon Strand McGeehan Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

Dearest John and Ruth and your ENTIRE family, Mary Jo and I send our deepest condolences to all of you. What a blessing to know that your Mom and Grandma is HOME with Jesus. May The Lord bless you ALL.
Love In Christ,
Sam & Mary Jo Dyrud
6522 Juneau Ln N
Maple Grove, MN 55311

Sam Dyrud Apr 2 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences Steven, Michael (Mickey as I called you; one of my first friends), Jonathan and families. What a beautiful and faithful testimony for Jesus your mom was! I so enjoyed occasional FB exchanges, sharing memories with her over the past years. Our families friendships go way back! Your dad baptized me almost 71 years ago, and I had the privilege of living with your mom and dad in Minneapolis for a few weeks until the Bible School dorm was completed. May God surround you with His comfort, peace and love. Lois Presteng Forde

Lois Presteng Forde Apr 1 2021 12:00 AM