Harvey Loewen, 84, of Mt. Lake died July 9, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Galen Kauffman officiating. Interment will precede the service at 10 a.m., at Mt. Lake City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.
Harvey Allen Loewen was born April 29, 1934, to Abe and Anna (Stoesz) Loewen in Mt. Lake. He was baptized upon confession of faith at Gospel Mennonite Church in 1947. Harvey graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1952 and attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb., for a year, focusing on music classes and singing in the chorale. As a conscientious objector to war, Harvey served in the Alternative Service Program from 1954 to 1956, working with poor communities in Gulfport, Miss., through a program administered by the Mennonite Central Committee. While in Gulfport, he met Mildred Schmidt, a teacher from Goessel, Kan. They married in 1956 and lived in Mt. Lake, farming north of Mt. Lake for nearly 60 years. Harvey enjoyed music and served as a church musician for most of his life. He directed numerous choirs and musical groups at Gospel Mennonite Church and later at Bethel Mennonite Church, with Millie playing organ or piano. He also enjoyed spending Sunday afternoons listening to classical or choral music on a quality hi-fi system he built himself. While in his 20s, Harvey ran a side business as a professional photographer. He took many wedding and family portraits and developed photos in his own darkroom. He continued to take pictures throughout his life and was especially fond of the landscape in the Southwest. He will be remembered as a detail person, knowledgeable in many subjects and could fix almost anything. He enjoyed lingering at the table, telling jokes and keeping conversation going. He also enjoyed the independence and outdoor life of farming.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Millie; a son, Stan (Charlotte) Loewen of Mt. Lake; a daughter, Nancy Loewen of St. Paul; two grandchildren; an aunt, Elfrieda Fast of Little Elm, Texas; and an uncle, Alfred (Carol) Loewen of Seattle.
Christina Hanson, 48, of Mt. Lake died July 5, 2018, at Windom Area Hospital. Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap Reddysalibindla officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Lake City Cemetery. Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 4 to 7 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake and continue Thursday at the church in Windom for one hour prior to the service. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.
Christina Merrill Strand was born March 11, 1970. She grew up in Marine on St. Croix, where she managed the Village Scoop for many years. She also was assistant manager for the Marine on St. Croix Art Fair, which fostered her love of craft shows and the Minnesota State Fair. After graduating from Stillwater High School, Chris attended St. Cloud State University, where she met Brad Hanson. They were married in 1997 and were blessed with two sons, Dylan and Dayton Hanson. In 2009, Chris and Brad Bell were blessed with a girl, Bryn. Chris lived in Mt. Lake with her three children, where she volunteered and enjoyed taking pictures. She was currently the marketing specialist at Fulda Area Credit Union. Chris was involved with the Wolverine Booster Club and various community activities. She also recently started a new business enterprise, “Younique.” Chris enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and coworkers, but most enjoyed being “mom” to her three children.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris (Frey) Strand and father, Charles “Chip” Strand. Survivors include her children: Dylan Bradley Hanson (20), Dayton Charles Hanson (17) and Bryn Daily Caroline Bell (9); father, Dan Nicol; two brothers, Joel and Michael Strand; and three sisters: Danise Dembouski, Sarah Nicol and Dawn Earney.