Virginia R. Strand

January 1, 2019

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Virginia R. Strand, 88, Burnsville and a lifetime resident of Minnesota, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at the Ebenezer Ridges Geriatric Care Center, Burnsville.

Virginia was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Winona, to George and Violet (Nelson) Pavek. Virginia graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1949. She married Harley A. Strand June of 1957, while Harley was enlisted in the U.S. Army, later divorced in 1962. Virginia was employed by Lake Center Switch, located in Winona, for many years until she retired. While raising her three children, they attended Calvary Bible Church.

Virginia enjoyed being a loving mother of three children, a grandmother of 10 and a great-grandmother of nine. Her favorite activities included painting, working at her bench creating and fixing different things. She enjoyed making Christmas cookies and candies. She shared a love for her many furry friends over the years, especially “Heidi,” her first dog and “Silky,” her last.

Virginia R. Strand will be forever missed by her family. She is survived by her three children, Timothy Strand, Colleen (Peter) Bambenek, Cheryl Patzner; 10 grandchildren, Timothy’s child, Jeffrey (Casey) Strand; Colleen’s children, Kathleen (Lesley) Clickner, Tanya Bambenek, Crystal (Mathew) Volker, Samantha Bambenek and Jonathan (Danica) Bambenek; Cheryl’s children, Jessie Patzner, Heather Patzner, Shawn Patzner and Amber Patzner; siblings, Robert Pavek, Deloris Corey (deceased) Donald (Penny) Pavek and Audrey Holien; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, George and Violet Pavek; ex-husband, Harley Strand; sister, Deloris Corey; and her nephew Steve Corey, Gregory Corey.

A memorial family gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the American Legion, 302 E Sarnia St., Winona, MN 55987.

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