Marsha R. (Westad) Andrade, age 74, of Alexandria, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2021, surrounded by her family at home.
A visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m., concluding with a 5 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Pastor Patrick Herzog officiating. Music will be provided by Nolan Weisz. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409.
Marsha Rae was born on August 7, 1947, to Kermit and Edythe (Malmgren) Westad in Parkers Prairie, MN. She graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1965, and continued her education at St. Luke’s Nursing School in Duluth graduating as a registered nurse (RN) in 1968. After graduating, Marsha proudly served as a nurse in the Ohio National Guard in the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Her civilian nursing career took her across the country from Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, and Arkansas where she met her future husband. She married Martin Glen Andrade on June 14, 1980 at the Old Mill Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The couple had two boys, Martin Jr. and Matt. They moved ten times in ten years with Marty’s military career. Following his retirement from the military, the family returned to Minnesota, residing in Alexandria on Lake Le Homme Dieu. In her storied career as a nurse, Marsha specialized in a multitude of roles ranging from ER, Cardiac Care Unit, ICU, Flight Nurse, and disaster relief. She proudly served with the Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina. After retiring from nursing she owned and operated "Somewhere in Time" Antiques in Alexandria. She had a talent and a passion for restoring antique frames to their original form. She was an excellent cook, known for her double fudge and mincemeat pies, and had an ability to make a meal from just about anything she had available. She lived life to the fullest, was a very giving person and will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Albert Reed McKay; and sisters, Sonja Bonita and Judith Ann Westad.
Marsha is survived by her husband of 41 years, Martin Andrade; two sons, Martin (Shawna) Andrade Jr. and Matt Andrade; grandson, Kyle; a great-grandchild; three sisters, Kathy (Paul) Peterson, Barbara (Tom) Schultz, and Carol (Jerry) Larson; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials preferred to the American Red Cross.