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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • OBITUARY: Bernice Alvina (Anderson) Strand - Veteran Crookston educator dies at 101

  • Bernice A. Anderson Strand was principal and sixth grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in Crookston from 1944 to 1968. She was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
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  •     Bernice Alvina Strand passed away on December 13, 2012 at Cameron Glen Rehabilitation Center in Reston, Virginia at the age of 101.  After a brief hospitalization in Reston Hospital, she was recovering from a Thanksgiving Day fall.
        Bernice was born on September 25, 1911 in Lancaster, Minnesota, the daughter of Edward Anderson and Julia Molberg Anderson.
    A 1929 honors graduate of Hallock High School, Bernice received her teaching degree at Moorhead State Teachers College.  She began her teaching career at a one room school house in rural Kittson County (Two River/Tien), followed by positions in Lake Bronson, Warroad, Taylors Falls and Mapleton. In 1944, she was recruited to be the principal and sixth grade teacher at the newly built Eugene Field Elementary in Crookston, a position she held until her retirement in 1968.
        Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, the Reverend Harold Strand, her parents, her brother, Raynard Anderson, of Dahlonega, Georgia.
    Family survivors include her son, Bjarnie Anderson, of McLean, Virginia, two stepsons, Lloyd Andrews (Marilyn) of Fort Meyers, Florida, and Lyle Andrews (Lorene) of Bismarck, North Dakota, her stepdaughter, Barbara Hemenway of Fort Collins Colorado, her nephew, James Anderson, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, her niece, Janice Anderson Rice, of Kennesaw, Georgia, her great niece, Sonya Rice Peebles of Woodstock, Georgia and her great nephew, Alan Rice, of Kennesaw, Georgia.
        Bernice was a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean, Virginia where a service celebrating her life was held on December 22.
        A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. in the Serley Chapel at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  Interment will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in rural Hallock on Tuesday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m.

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