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Beverly J. Mostrom

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Beverly J. Mostrom

Beverly Joan Mostrom


A Bond Unbroken

The love between husband and wife grows ever more deeply as the years quickly pass. This was the blessing richly given to Beverly Joan Anderson and Harold Leroy Mostrom for nearly 75 years until her death on February 25. She was 92.

Their love began at a 1942 USO New Year's Eve party in St. Louis during the fury of World War II. Harold, a dashing young C-47 aviator from Sioux Falls, captured her heart that night and forever. Beverly prayerfully and patiently waited as Harold flew 103 missions over the Himalayas delivering supplies to aid the Chinese in their fight against Japan.

They were finally married July 8, 1946 in Dallas—on Harold's birthday. He said getting married that day was his insurance policy—he'd never forget their anniversary.

Beverly was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and later moved with her family—Henry and Clarice Anderson and sister Marcia to St. Louis, where she graduated from high school. Her subsequent training at Deaconess Hospital made Beverly a Registered Nurse. She compassionately served at both Sioux Valley and McKennan hospitals, in private duty, and volunteered for hospice care.

Her family--daughters Christine and Marcia, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren would describe her in three words: caring, serving, and loyal. Ever preparing delicious meals from family-treasured recipes passed on from her father, a professional baker, and Swedish ancestors, Beverly was the consummate hostess. To her grandchildren she was a source of strength, encouragement, and prayerful support. She was always positive, and happiest listening to loons and the joyful voices of her family at the lake cabin in Northern Minnesota. The grandchildren remember fondly, "Everyone was happy when grandma was there." When trouble would inevitably come, she would encourage the family saying, "It will all fold into place."

Grieving in her passing are her daughter, Christine Sheikholeslami and husband, Mehdi (Bemidj), her grandsons Bejan, Cameron and wife Jane and great grandson Niko (Minneapolis), and Sassan and wife Kate (San Francisco); daughter Marcia and husband, Craig Lawrence, granddaughter Anne Lawrence and great grandchildren Alice, Isaac, and Isabelle, grandson David and wife Diana and great grandchildren Nataya and Zachary, and grandson Christopher and wife Elizabeth and great grandaughter, Pippa, (all residing in Sioux Falls) and her sister, Marcia (Dallas).

The family extends profound thanks to Karen McFadden, who provided compassionate care to Beverly and Harold for six years, and to the staff of Good Samaritan. Her final days were compassionately overseen by Avera Hospice, where Beverly had once cared for others at the end of life.

Services will be Saturday. March 4, at 11am at East Side Lutheran Church, with visitation for family and friends at George Boom Funeral Home Friday, March 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 2, 2017
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