Beatrice E. "Bea" Strinmoen, 89, of Superior, Wis. and formerly of Decorah, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at St. Francis in the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Superior, Wis. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Burial is in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah in the spring. Visitation was Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at Fjelstul Funeral Home. Organist was Marcia Engebretson. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Casketbearers were Mitchell Thiede, Benjamin Sorensen, Jason Schultz, Tyler Chalfant and Roger Huinker. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.
Beatrice Ethel (Erb) Strinmoen was born March 27, 1924, in Ryder, N.D., the daughter of Eugene and Ethel (Hungate) Erb. She graduated from Ryder High School with the class of 1942. Bea was united in marriage to Norman H. Strinmoen April 7, 1946, at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Ryder, N.D. This union was blessed with three children: Keith, Sandra and Nancy. Bea worked at Strinmoen Brothers Grocery Store in Decorah and then went to work at Decorah State Bank, where she was employed for over 25 years. She started in bookkeeping and then worked her way up to trust officer and personnel director. She was involved in the hiring of many people. Bea was an avid reader and loved to sew; she was a caregiver and a very giving person, liked to walk and loved to travel. She loved being involved with her family. She was a long time member of First Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school, was active in circle, Bible study, and counted money and served on the church council. Bea also was a member of, and very active in, the American Legion Auxiliary and National Bank Women. In 2008 she moved up to Superior, Wis. to be closer to her daughter, Nancy.
Bea is survived by her three children: Keith (Jane) Strinmoen of Danville, Ill., Sandra Wilson of Robertsdale, Ala. and Nancy (Randy) Thiede of Superior, Wis.; six grandchildren: Heather Chalfant, Heidi (Jason) Schultz, Mark Wilson, Joshua Wilson, Mitchell (Shanna) Thiede and Meaghan (Benjamin) Sorensen; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, David (Sharon) Erb, of Tempe, Ariz.; and three sisters-in-law: Charlotte Strinmoen of Decorah, Verna Halverson of Waukee and Twyla Erb of Minneapolis, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman, May 30, 1962; one sister, Estella Erb; and by three brothers: Bernard (Ina) Erb, Harold Erb and LeRoy Erb.
The family would like to thank the St. Francis in the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Superior and their whole staff for the excellent care given to Bea over the last six years.
The family asks for any memorials to be designated to First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway, Decorah, IA 52101 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.