Louise Marie Bohanon Strand passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 7, 2023 at Mill Vista
Lodge, Highlands Ranch at the age of 91.
Louise was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN in a loving family. She attended
Colorado College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and met the love of
her life and future husband, Al Strand; they married in 1955 and enjoyed 66
happy years together in California and Colorado.
Louise was a dedicated elementary school teacher for almost 25 years. She
taught gifted second graders in Minneapolis before she was married, and after
her own two children were old enough, she went back to her career. Her favorite
job was teaching for five years at Lincoln District School, a one-room schoolhouse
near Petaluma, CA in remote dairy ranch country. She taught all subjects to about
15 students across K-6th grades, and loved the creativity of diverse lesson
planning, developing arts and entertainment, and connecting with the dairy ranch
community. After relocating to Colorado in 1973, she taught in Adams County for
about 15 years, ending with teaching Kindergarten at Meadow Elementary School
until her retirement in 1990. That year she was treated for breast cancer and was
fortunate to be a 33+ year survivor.
An avid reader, she enjoyed her book club and especially loved mysteries and
reading the Bible daily. She attended Bible study, loved her bridge club, and for
years she hooked rugs and did needlepoint. She was a talented cook and baker,
and was famous for her breads including Norwegian Julekake, tea rings, buns and
crescent rolls. In retirement, Louise and Al joined a square-dancing group,
volunteered at museums, and spent many happy years traveling together. They
drove across the country in their 5th-wheel trailer, and particularly loved camping
in national parks including the Grand Tetons. For decades, they made annual
visits to Louise's family cabin and property on the Rum River in Minnesota, a
beautiful setting with many happy family memories. They also took several
international trips to Europe and around North and Central America.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband Al in 2021, and is survived by son
John (Mary), daughter Laura (David), grandchildren Eric (Mollie), Stefanie,
Genevieve, Michelle and Shannon, and great-grandson Adam. Services at Risen
Christ Catholic Parish on Friday, July 28th at 10am with reception following, and
interment at Fort Logan cemetery at 2:15pm.