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Lillian Lucille Ruth Strange -- Chatfield

CHATFIELD -- The funeral for Lillian Lucille Ruth Strange will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Spring burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Strange, 89, a longtime resident of Chatfield, died Thursday (Dec. 1, 2005) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient for 21⁄2; weeks.

Lillian Lucille Ruth Isensee was born April 2, 1916, in Eyota. She graduated from Eyota High School in 1932 as co-salutatorian and then attended normal training in Chatfield. On June 12, 1939, she married Gordon Strange in Chatfield, and they had lived in Chatfield since 1939. She was an elementary school teacher and also a bookkeeper for the Chatfield and Eyota Creamery. Her husband was an insurance agent. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Altar Society of St. Mary's, the St. Mary's Library Board and the Founders Club of Chosen Valley Care Center; was a founding member of the Chatfield Mothers Club; was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader; and enjoyed playing cards, fishing and flowers.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Stephen (Cathey) of Rochester and Allan (Naomi) of Chatfield; two daughters, Ann Garden of Madison, Wis., and Jean Strange of Heppner, Ore.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence (Ivadean) Isensee of Stewartville; and a sister, Lorraine Dolder of Indianapolis. A brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church. There will be a rosary at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Cambodian School Project.

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