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In Memory of Kathleen "Kelly" Strand


4-7PM - Thursday, June 20 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin and one hour prior to the Mass at church on Friday

Funeral Services

11AM - Friday, June 21 at the St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond

Kathleen Patritia Strand, (nee: Riley), always known as “Kelly”, age 85, of Hammond, WI, passed away on June 14, 2013 at Comforts of Home in River Falls, WI.

Kelly was born on September 5, 1927 in Baldwin, WI to Genevieve and Edward Riley of Erin Prairie.

She started school at Dry Run – Erin. Her father, Edward, was killed in a car accident in 1932 and two years later, she went to live with her aunt and uncle William and Patricia Christenson in Chippewa Falls, WI. For her 6th grade, she returned home to her family in Hammond and graduated from Hammond High in 1945, in a class of eleven. She always joked she was in the top ten. She attended River Falls State College for a year, then worked at Brown & Bigelow in St. Paul until 1950 and later at Hammond State Bank until 1954. She married Lyle Strand at St. Mary’s Hammond in 1952. Born to this union were five children: Lori, Patrick, Joni, Daniel, and Thomas. In 1971, she started work at Baldwin Hospital and retired in 1992.

Kelly’s greatest love was her family and friends. Fun was her hobby and spontaneous was the best way to describe her.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Lyle in 1989; her parents; her brother, Jack; in-laws, Muriel Riley, Les Vanda, Esther Blossom, Hazelle (Bill) Carroll, Cloyd (Helen) Strand, Arthur and Thomas Strand, Cecil Boumeester, and Dick Trauley; special god-child, Elaine Riley; nephew, Mark Mezinskis; and all of her aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lori (Greg) Loney of River Falls and Joni (Kevin) Herum of River Falls; three sons: Patrick Strand of Hammond, Daniel (Lori) Strand of Scottsdale, AZ, and Thomas (Michele) Strand of Hammond; grandchildren: Luke, Maggie, Molly, and Morgan Loney, Katie, Marty, and Jack Herum, Shea and Brooke Strand; sisters, Rosemary Vanda, Helen (Patrick) Donahue; brother, Ted Riley; sister-in-laws, Ollie Riley, Dorothy Trauley, Dorothy Strand; along with many loving nieces and nephews.

A Visitation for Kelly will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin WI. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1265 Ridge Way, Hammond, WI with a visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Memorials donated will be given to Kelly’s favorite charities.

We will miss you, Mom. 

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