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AnnaMae J. Strootman, age 91, of Alexandria, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Evansville Care Center in Evansville.
A memorial service is 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Rev. Ed Borchardt officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Vicki Carlson and vocalist, Nora Merk. A private family burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Clara City.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
AnnaMae was born April 28, 1925, the third of five children, to William and Helena (Brouwer) Overlander at home on the family farm north of Clara City. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. AnnaMae attended Country School District #44, through the eighth grade in rural Clara City. Following her education, she worked as a housekeeper in the homes of various families in the area. She was united in marriage to Jimmie Strootman on February 19, 1944, at the United Methodist Church in Raymond. Following their marriage, they were stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. They returned to Clara City for a short time until they had the opportunity to buy into a resort on Green Lake in Spicer, where they lived and worked for several years. In the following years, AnnaMae became a homemaker and raised her three children, and in 1957, the family moved to Anoka. She worked as a sales clerk at Three Sisters Store, the first mall in Edina and then at S&L in Anoka. She took a job as housekeeper at the Anoka State Hospital and worked her way up to Housekeeper Administrator until her retirement in 1987. She enjoyed traveling, visiting every state except Hawaii, sometimes more than once, Canada, United Kingdom and China. Following her divorce, AnnaMae bought a lot, and built a house in which she lived independently for 30 years. She earned her GED in her 50’s and also took some college classes. She was an excellent quilter and taught quilting in community education classes. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in East Bethel. In 2009, she moved to Alexandria from Ham Lake.
She is preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter; son, Larry Strootman; and three brothers, Geoffrey Overlander, Harlan Overlander and Ronald Overlander.
AnnaMae is survived by her daughter, Connie (Gene) Eidem of Evansville; son, Dennis (Jan) Strootman of Bloomington; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Strootman of Andover; sister, Janita Olson of Fargo, North Dakota; sister-in-law, Liz Overlander of Benson; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary urnbearers are her grandchildren, Christine Bott, Will Strootman, Alyssa Nieland, Sarah Baker, Jessica Thunder, Cheryl Klimek and Paul Strootman.
Memorials will go towards Crab Apple Trees that will be planted in her memory in Strootman Park, Andover. Memorials may also be made to Hospice of Douglas County and Nelson Gables of Knute Nelson.
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