BELVIDERE – Beverly J. (nee Douglas) Strain, 91, formerly of Harvard, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere. |
Born June 9, 1921, in Harvard, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Sylvia (Esmond) Douglas. On Oct. 2, 1947, she married the late William "Ted" Strain.
Beverly graduated from Augustana Nursing School in 1941 and joined the United States Army in World War II. She served as a first lieutenant on the USS Algonquin, a Red Cross hospital ship in the Mediterranean, caring for wounded soldiers in the European theater.
Beverly worked as a nurse at Harvard Community Hospital and at the Valley Hi Retirement home in Hartland for many years. Her husband owned Strain's Market on Ayer Street in Harvard for 20 years. She also enjoyed playing with the local bridge club in Harvard.
Surviving are her four children, Lawrence (Judith), Patricia , Michael (Jackie) and Robert; five grandchildren, Katie, Douglas (Rachel), Karen (Wil O'Brien), Sean and Matthew; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Carol Meyers and Merilynn Conerty; and brother, William.
The memorial gathering will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, 107 W. Sumner St., Harvard. The memorial service will be 11 a.m., with the Rev. Susanne Wilczek officiating. The burial will be in Dunham-Chemung Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Dunham-Chemung Cemetery.
Sign the online guest book at saundersmcfarlin.net. For information, call the funeral home at 815-943-5400.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 22, 2013