Kathie Strand

Kathie Diane Strand
passed away peacefully
on November 23, 2022
after a long battle with
Alzheimer’s. Kathie was
born on Feb. 20, 1947
in Chico, California. In
1957, her family moved
to the Philippines at the
Subic Bay Naval Station where her father was
a teacher. The family
moved again in 1962 to
Iwakuni, Japan. In Japan,
Kathie graduated from
high school and her father
was a principal at the military base school. She later
attended college in Paris,
France and Keflavik, Iceland, following her father’s
career move to principal of
the NATO base school. In
1965, she returned to California and earned her college degree and teaching
credentials at Chico State
University. There she met
her husband, Ben Strand.
In 1971, they moved to
Burley, Idaho and in 1984,
to American Falls, where
she taught second grade at
Hillcrest Elementary for 16
Kathie was an active
member at St. John’s Lutheran Church, an incredible spouse, and a wonderful mother. She loved
family activities (especially with her kids and
grandchildren), gardening,
camping, birdwatching,
hiking, quilting, dancing,
handyman jobs, cooking,
photo scrapbooking, wood
building projects, and raising farm animals.
She is survived by
her husband Ben Strand;
four children, Eric (Kelsi)
Strand, Kristin (Nathan)
Strong, Dianna (Alan)
Chapman and Joshua
Strand; and six grandchildren (Caleb, Taylor,
Daniel, Noah, Brenli,
and Bennett). She was
preceded in death by her
parents Robert and Jean
Peck and brother Michael
Peck. Kathie moved to
Edgewood Spring Creek
Assisted Living (American Falls) for two years
and then Caring Hearts
Assisted Living (Pocatello). A special thank you
to Caring Hearts caregivers, Heritage Health and
Hospice, and Dr. Lavonne
Mills for their loving and
excellent care of Kathie.
The funeral service
will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 at St.
John’s Lutheran Church,
656 Tyhee Ave in American
Falls. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations
be made to American Falls
School District (Call 208-
226- 5173, Ext. 105 ), St.
John’s Lutheran Church, or
Alzheimer Research.
Memories, condolences, and photo’s may be
shared with the family at

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