Florance Violet (Engdahl) Tande, age 92 of Park Rapids, died peacefully one day after her 92nd birthday, May 18, 2012 following a short battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with Pastor Sara Jensen officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Mount Hope Cemetery in St. James. To leave online condolences or view the video tribute, please visit www.jonespearson.com.
Florence Violet (Engdahl) Tande was born to Henry and Thea Engdahl on May 18, 1920. Florence was raised on the family farm near Darfur. She married Joseph Tande in 1938 and they settled in St. James. A daughter, Beverly, died at age 4. Their son, James, was born in 1947. The family moved to Fairmont in 1957 where they lived until retirement. She was a cook in the Fairmont school system for over 20 years, and was actively involved in the church community at Grace Lutheran. Florence and Joe retired to a home on Prairie Lake near Grand Rapids. This was a special time in her life during which she spent lots of hours with her three beloved grandchildren, Sarah, Susan and Ben. After many years on the lake they moved to Walker to be closer to family. In 1992, ?her Joe? died and she had missed him every day since. Later she moved to Park Rapids. Florence loved her family. Her sharp wit, easy smile and sense of humor made her a great friend. She never missed a family birthday, always had hugs and made her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren feel special. She lived a long life and was ready to meet her maker. She (and her best in the world lefse) will be missed.
She is survived by her son, Jim (Kathy) of Park Rapids; grandchildren: Sarah (David) Glad of Burnsville, Susan (Mike) Martin of St. Cloud and Ben (Kate) Tande of Walker; seven great-grandchildren and her brother, Henry Engdahl of Butterfield; numerous other family members and friends.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; daughter, Beverly; three brothers: V.H., Leonard and Herbert.