Barbara Renee Strehlow, age 75, of Corcoran, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, with her husband of 54 years and family by her side, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
There will be a visitation Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Our Father’s Lutheran Church, Rockford, with a service following at 4 p.m.
Memorials can be sent to the OFLC Foundation, 3903 Gilbert Ave SE Rockford, MN 55373.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family; www.thepetersonchapel.com.
Barbara was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Crookston, to parents Russell and Edith (Grunhovd) Hanson.
She graduated from Fertile High School in 1962, and later attended Interstate Business School in Fargo.
Barb married the love of her life, James Strehlow, April 3, 1965. The newlyweds moved to Robbinsdale, and later settled in Corcoran, where they raised four children, Steve, Dave, Wendy and Lisa.
Jim and Barb were blessed with 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, who were the light of Barb’s world.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, Barb touched the lives of many through her teaching roles at Rainbow Connection preschool, Appletime Daycare, and General Mills Infant Care center, from where she retired.
She was also an active member at Our Father’s Lutheran Church, where she participated in choir, circle, Sunday school and confirmation coordinating, women’s ministry, and MOPS mom mentoring.
Above all, she was a homemaker, mother, and grandmother, who was renowned for her considerate and selfless personality. She always put others above herself, and was an optimist throughout her Parkinson’s fight.
Barb is survived by her husband, Jim Strehlow, of Corcoran; children: Steve (Sheri) Strehlow of Greenfield; Dave (Dena) Strehlow of Maple Grove; Wendy (JD) Gustafson, of Rockford; and Lisa (Craig) Schmidt of Delano; her grandchildren: Tim, Dan (Savannah), Abby (Matt), Allyssa (Zach), AJ, Trista, Jake, Ben, Calvin, Matthew, Ally, Mia, Sidney, and Maxwell; and her great-grandchildren: Kent, Wyatt, and Waylon.
She is also survived by her siblings: Beverly (Ron) Rohweller of Hawley; Glenn (Karen) Hanson of Mahnomen; Luanne (Ritch) Mjelde of Willmar; and Brad Hanson of Winger.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Edith; and her twin grandsons, Christopher and Cody Strehlow.