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Joanne E. Strand, 85, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. She was born October 9, 1930, in Rockford; the daughter of Wendell G. and Inez H. (Ahlstrom) Olson. Joanne was a 1948 graduate of East High School. She married Richard O. Strand on June 7, 1952, in Rockford, Illinois; he predeceased her April 9, 1982. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Forest Hills Country Club in Rockford, and a Charter Member of White Shrine of Jerusalem in Poland, Ohio. She was employed with Victory Tennis Club & Manor Enterprises, Inc.
She is survived by her son, Kevin (Nancy) Strand of Sagamore Hills, OH and daughter, Pam Strand of Wheaton, IL; grandsons, Rick and Andy Strand; granddaughter, Alyssa (Charlie) Marhevka; 2 nieces; 3 nephews; cousins; and close family friends. Predeceased by sister Midge (Paul) Wilber on October 15, 2015.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford with Rev. David Petty officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday, prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the chapel. Memorials may be made in memory of Joanne E. Strand to St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave, Peoria, IL 61637.

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  1. Joseph Reeves

    I had the pleasure of knowing Joanne for about 10 years. What a wonderful good spirited person. She is missed but her spirit and soul lives on.

  2. Lori

    So sorry to hear about Joanne. I had the privilege of cleaning Joanne's house for 16 years. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. I will forever remember a conversation we had when she was down sizing and moving from her house to an apartment. She was telling me how long she had lived in her house and I asked her if it was hard for her to move from her home. She said the house was just a building but your home is what you make of it, a truly wise lady.

  3. Carolyn Babcock Dun

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of this beautiful lady. My love and prayers go out to all of the family.

  4. Peggy

    Pam and family - So sorry to hear about your mom...what a peach! She will be missed.

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