Shirley Strand

Shirley Faye Strand, 91, Marshall, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Morningside Heights in Marshall.

A memorial service was Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Tracy United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery. 

Shirley Lussenhop was born on Aug. 31, 1926, to Rose (Diekmeier) and William Lussenhop in Redwood Falls. She was baptized and confirmed in the Morton Methodist Church. Shirley attended Redwood County country schools for eight years. She graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1944. 

On Dec. 3, 1948, she married Donald (Bud) Strand at the Methodist Church in Redwood Falls. They lived in Redwood Falls before moving to Tracy in 1953, where they worked and raised their eight children. Shirley worked at various jobs during her lifetime, remaining employed well past the age of eighty. Prior to her marriage to Bud, she worked in a law office, an unemployment office and for an insurance agent. After her marriage to Bud, Shirley worked for the Tracy Savings and Loan, the Marshall Turkey Plant and as a waitress. In 1968 she and Bud purchased and operated Shirley’s Café for eight years. In 1974 they purchased the Mobil Bulk Plant, and she worked as the bookkeeper. After she retired, Shirley remained actively employed working in the school lunch program and for HSI Rehabilitation Services. She had a strong work ethic, enjoying going to work and being with people. 

She was a lifelong member of the Tracy United Methodist Church and served on various church circles and committees. She was also a member of Tracy Eagles Auxiliary and the Tracy Legion Auxiliary, serving as an officer for most of her 60 years of membership. Shirley enjoyed reading, gardening, knitting, sewing, making crafts and relaxing at the lake.

She is survived by her children, Dwayne (Rita) Strand of Chanhassen, Vickie (Steven) Larson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Randy (Lisa) Strand of Adrian, Terry (Carol) Strand of Tracy, Barbara (Richard) Visker of Pipestone, Bradley (Toni) Strand of Lynd, Kelli (Brian) Gerry of Sioux Falls, and a son-in-law, Jerry Howe; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Linda Howe; her parents; her sister, Eileen (in infancy); and her sister and brother-in-law, Iva and Willis Kessler.

Arrangements were provided by Tracy Area Funeral Home.

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