Frances I. Strand

Frances I. Strand

Frances passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born March 11, 1936 in Douglas the daughter of Chester and Hilda (Stein) Wightman. For 19 years Frances had worked at Borgess Medical Center as a Registered Nurse until her retirement in 2000. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, writing poetry and playing the organ. Frances was a supporter of Christian Neighbors and the Shriners Hospitals for Children and was a member of the Eastern Star in Bedford, MI and the American Legion Auxiliary Post #89 in Allegan.

Surviving are her husband, Milton “Red” Strand; son, Brad (Joy) Strand of Princess Anne, MD; daughter-in-law, Marve Strand of Watford, ND and her siblings, Lucille, Doris (George), Caroline (Jim), and Phil (Fae).

She was preceded in death by her son, Mark, grandson, Travis Strand and brother, Dale.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Allegan Masonic Lodge, M-40 South, at 1:00 PM.

Contributions in memory of Frances may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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  1. KEN ADAMS says:


    • Brad Strand says:

      Ken, thank you for your kind words during this difficult time.

  2. Judy Langford says:

    So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of this wonderful woman. Heartfelt condolences to the family

  3. Andrea & Matt Creech says:

    Red & Family (Bart too)~
    Our condolences to the family. We are blessed to be neighbors of RED & Fran and loved hanging out with them.
    We will keep you all in our prayers during this time for grievance.

  4. Joy Strand says:

    Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words.

    Apologies that the obituary doesn’t explain the plans for Saturday fully.

    1 PM Eastern Star Memorial Service, followed by a reception until 4 PM. The reception is intended as a time to visit with the family and share some refreshments. Please know that all are welcome to come and go as you are able. We hope you can join us.

    Thank you again for all the support during this difficult time.

  5. Linda Benwire says:

    Red and Brad, even though I have known you both for such a short time it is easy to see how kind you are. I only met Fran for about an hour but in that time I could tell how she was very concerned about leaving Red when she went into the hospital. I never expected this outcome but please accept my sincere sympathy.

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