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Dorothy Strandberg 03/31/2022

Dorothy Strandberg 03/31/2022

Dorothy Strandberg, age 97, passed peacefully away on March 31, 2022. During these recent years Dorothy was sustained by family and friends, her faith, scripture, prayer, and loving caregivers at her Deerfield Presbyterian Home in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Born in Mead, Nebraska, the youngest of six children of Fred and Josephine Swanson. Dorothy graduated from North Park College in Chicago, Illinois. She married Clarence Strandberg in 1945 and moved to Minneapolis where they raised three children. They joined Bethlehem Covenant Church as members for over 30 years. Dorothy taught Sunday School, served on the Outreach Board, and sang in the choir and small ensembles. During this time, she worked as a homemaker and part-time as a secretary. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist. She pursued her musical interest by taking classes in Music Theory at MacPhail School of Music.

Dorothy and Clare retired to a hobby farm in River Falls, Wisconsin in 1979, where they enjoyed 25 years of country life. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, skiing, sewing, quilting and hosting many happy family events. Dorothy and Clare travelled to Europe, Sweden and Israel. They enjoyed many years of camping, canoeing and spending time in northern Minnesota as well as family reunions in Mead, Nebraska and Minnesota.

As a member of River Falls Covenant Church, Dorothy served on the Evangelism Commission, sang in the choir and played piano for worship services. She continued to be an active member of Covenant Women. She and Clare served as a host family for foreign students at River Falls College. In 2004 Dorothy and Clare moved to the Deerfield Presbyterian Home in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Dorothy shared her musical talent as she played the piano for worship services and sing-alongs. Dorothy was known for her kindness, encouragement and generosity.  She frequently expressed gratitude for the many blessings in her life.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years. She is survived by her children Diane (Nicholas) Schommer, John (Yvonne) Strandberg, Joan (Don) Wainer; Grandchildren Scott Strandberg, Leslie Pingley, Christopher (Megan) Schommer, Natasha (Ladric) D’Schommer-Grant, Cletus Dalglish-Schommer (Aimee); Great-Grandchildren Allison (Jake), Zachary, Aria, Linnea and Mira.

A Memorial Service was held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 12:30 pm at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Homes Hillside Cemetery 2600 19th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 followed by committal and a luncheon.

Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.



  • JoAnn (Swain) Lentz Posted April 2, 2022 8:21 pm

    I was a neighbor in River Falls and can attest to the joy, friendship she embodied. Missed her when they moved to New Richmond, but had her in my thoughts.

  • Kathryn Halemeier Posted April 2, 2022 10:05 pm

    I always loved visiting Uncle Claire and Aunt Dot. I thought their hobby farm was so much fun. They were amazing people.

  • Sandy Bernahl Posted April 3, 2022 9:37 pm

    Aunt Dot was always cheerful, visiting her and Uncle Clair was always filled with pleasant hospitality, good conversation, and the warmth of family. I always learned new things and enjoyed them, their stories and their faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Dave Swanson Posted April 7, 2022 12:43 pm

    My wife, Ann and I knew Dottie and Clare from way back to their activity in Bethlehem Covenant Church, Minneapolis, we were long time friends, in Mpls, River Falls and New Richmond. They both were genuine Christian examples to all. We had fond memories.

  • Sheri Macbeth Posted April 21, 2022 9:45 am

    Dorothy and Clare hosted us during our relocation to the River Falls Community. They provided wonderful hospitality. I loved their farm and enjoyed seeing the bounty of their garden. I had the pleasure of celebrating a Christmas with Dorothy at the Deerfield. She served wonderful Swedish food in her beautiful apartment. Once she shared how she treasured her time alone to study the Bible and spend time in prayer. Her grace and love were an inspiration to all around her.

  • Jackie Waalen Posted April 25, 2022 12:12 pm

    A wonderful life well lived! Sending heartfelt sympathy to Dorothy’s family. She was a cherished friend and resident to all of us at The Deerfield and will be dearly missed. Her smile and musical talent will live in our hearts forever!

  • Marilyn Everson Posted April 25, 2022 11:03 pm

    Wonderful lady… Lady of many talent soft spoken kindness an friend to everyone.

  • Russell Hoffman Posted April 27, 2022 7:12 pm

    A truly kind and loving couple to all ages. Knew them while in River Falls and have always wondered what became of them as life moved me on. I thank the Lord for their kindness and example and look forward to seeing them again when I too join that ancient crowd before the One

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