Ana died in Minneapolis on January 26, 2013 of complications of lupus. She was born on October 27th, 1983 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Ana is survived by her parents Gary and Barbara Strandemo, St. Cloud; her sister Rosa Strandemo, St. Paul; her grandmothers Ruth Lund, Bloomington and Sid Strandemo, Kenyon, her boyfriend Foster Simmonds Jr., Minneapolis and many other family members and friends who loved her. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Arnold Lund and Raymond Strandemo.Ana graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in 2002. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul from 2002-2004, and Augsburg College from 2010-2012 where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, her creative and complex mind, her insightful wisdom, her love of animals and music, her artistic skills, her appreciation of her Guatemalan heritage and her dimples.A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Ana will be 12PM, Saturday, February 2nd at Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. A visitation will precede the service at 11am. Pastor Darius Larsen will officiate. There will also be a visitation from 5-9 PM, Friday, February 1st at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud. A time of sharing will start at 7pm. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud.In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Common Hope, an organization providing services to children and families in Guatemala, the National Kidney Foundation or the Tri-County Humane Society.
Schedule and Information
There will be a visitation from 5-9PM, Friday, February 1st 2013 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud. There will be a time of sharing service that starts at 7PM Friday evening. There will be a gathering time prior to the service Saturday morning at the church from 11-12PM.
Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, St. Cloud MN 3013 Roosevelt Road St. Cloud, MN 56301 320 252 7004
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Common Hope, an organization providing services to children and families in Guatemala, the National Kidney Foundation or the Tri-County Humane Society.
Dear Barb, Gary, and Rosa,
Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful daughter and sister, Ana.
Her life was far too short, and she was unfairly burdened with a devastating illness at a young age. But know that the love and care you gave her meant everything in the world to her.
Hold Ana’s memory in your hearts, and we will hold you in ours as you walk this difficult road. We love you.
Maureen, Jerry, and Stuart
I haven’t seen Ana since high school, but I remember her as a bright light–witty, smart, and wholehearted. I know she was a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with everyone whose life she touched.
Anna is with us—and you—always. If only we could still see her smiling face and feel the warmth of her soul. We are grieving with you Barb, Gary, Rosa, and Foster.
Dear Dr. Strandemo and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife Barb and daughter, Rosa. We are so sorry for the loss of your daughter Ana and we are thinking of you all at this time.
I’ve always held those times as a child, running around those Mexican ruins very close to my heart, but now they’ll be even more precious. Although I did not get to know Ana as an adult, in those fleeting carefree moments, I knew her heart, and I always will.
My heartfelt condolences to all of you.
Strandemo Family and Nauna, we were saddened to hear about Ana’s passing. May the Lord pour His healing mercies to each of you at your time of mourning. May He bless you with His peace knowing He will never leave you comfortless. May He bless you with His joy in place of mourning knowing He has Ana in His arms. Love, from the Aamodts
Dear Strandemo Family,
There are no words that can cover your pain and loss. Please just know that many hearts and prayers are with you as you traverse the hours and weeks and months ahead. May your memories and the comfort of each other sustain you.
We are in a hotel on our way to Florida and saw of Ana’s death. We are so very sad and sorry for your loss and the world’s loss. Ana was a delightful, artistic, and dear young woman. I will always remember her artwork and pleasure in having her in class. Our deepest sympathy.
Sue and David Nass
Our son Montanna went to school with your daughter at Tech. He emailed us your daughters link along with a gentle reminder of days gone by of highschool memories. So very sorry for the saddness your family is enduring and hope Ana’s presence is always a heartbeat within.
Dear Barb, Gary and Rosa,
I am so very sorry to hear of Ana’s death. She was a lovely,
bright, creative girl. My heart aches for you. May God heal and comfort you.
Hold in your hearts the beautiful essence of Ana: She’s the first breath of the fragrance of lilacs in the spring.
It is with heartfelt sympathy that I extend to you meager words of support. I cannot begin to imagine the devastating pain and void at the loss of a child. From what I have learned of her, Ana was a true gift. May the love and support of family and friends at this difficult time bring you and your family some comfort and peace.
Fellow Rotarian and future DR Traveler~ Linda Allen
I haven’t seen Ana since High School but I remember her as always being happy with life and how much she just cherished her friends and family. Gone but never forgotten!!
Dear Barb, Gary, and Rosa,
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your lovely, creative, warm, and independent daughter/sister and you have our heartfelt condolences. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers. May you find strength and comfort in the love that surrounds you.
Dear Strandemo Family,
There are so many thoughts and too few words with sympathy. Whenever we talked about Macalester college, we always talked about Anna and it will never change.
I’ll never forget my first sight of Ana, crawling on your wooden floor, smiling..oh that smile. I fell in love..who didn’t? We all sang “My Girl” that night..what a joyous evening. It will still be joyous, because you know how to do that. It will be different, but you will navigate it. Barb and Gary, you have been role models for so many of us…great parents, great couple, great citizens….Ana was blessed, YOU were blessed….your friends are coming together tonight to make sure you know how loved you are and that it will be okay…at least eventually.
Ana was an incredibly kind person with an amazing and unique sense of humor. She was always smiling and laughing. She lived life with a light heart. She asked me to go to prom with her my sophomore year of high school and I can honestly say that that was one of the best nights of my entire life. We had so much fun together and she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you, Strandemo’s.
Dear family of Ana,
I am sorry for the loss of your daughter, so young, with most of her life yet ahead to live.
At very sad times like this , those left behind,need comfort. and the Bible is the best place to find it.-Romans 15:4. says that “”through our comfort from the scriptures, we might have hope” The true God, Jehovah, shows us in the Bible,that soon his son, Jesus ,will perform the greatest miracle, that of the resurrection of the dead.-John 5:28,29. .
Wonderful is the hope ahead that soon, on the paradise earth, there will be no more death as you can read from your Bible at Revelation 21:4 .
As you read the above texts from your Bible, may they comfort you now and in future days.
sincerely dianne mullins rn