Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Silver Creek Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Interment will follow at Silver Creek Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Wednesday.
Ida Louise Grandstrand was born January 27, 1921 in Stephen, MN to Arthur and Elizabeth (Schlaegel) Grandstrand. She was baptized, went to Sunday School and was confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church, rural Stephen, MN. Ida attended rural schools in Sinnott Township, Marshall County, MN and graduated from Stephen High School in 1939 and Warren Teacher Training Department in 1940. She taught rural school at Steiner for six years and one year at Grand Plain School.
On March 23, 1942, Ida was united in marriage to William Rupprecht at the Stephen Parsonage. After Bill’s tour of duty in the United States Army during WWII, the couple made their home on a farm in Excel Township, rural Thief River Falls. To this union five daughters were born, Sharon Louise, Judith Ann, Joan Ardelle, Wendy Joy and Candice Lynn.
Ida and Bill operated a small grain and dairy farm. In the mid-1960’s, Ida was head cook at Northwestern Hospital in Thief River Falls for 17 years.
Ida was a member of Silver Creek Lutheran Church for over 60 years. She helped organize the Sunday School at Silver Creek where she served as superintendent for several years and also taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Silver Creek ELCW and served as an officer for many years, the Silver Creek Homemakers for over 60 years, also a member of the Holt Keenagers and a former 4-H Leader and president of Aid Association for Lutherans.
Ida enjoyed traveling; her travels took her to many of the lower 48 states plus Hawaii and Alaska. She also traveled to many of the European countries, the Holy Land, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Ida also enjoyed doing hardanger, quilting, crocheting, painting and many other craft projects.
Ida is survived by her four loving daughters, Judy Jones, Goodridge, MN, Joan (Larry) Doeden, Ft. Myers, FL, Wendy (Robert) Blue, Moorhead, MN, Candi Rupprecht, Fargo, ND; six grandchildren, Shaun, Tony, Stacie, David, Casey, and Rachael; thirteen great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Katya, Delany, Lindsey, James, Emily, Walter, Lewis, Gus, Hank, Waylon, Nevaeh, Quinn, and Leo; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill in 1978; daughter, Sharon Gatica in 1996; grandson, Jason Blue; her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Bernyce Grandstrand; and sister, Vera (John) Valeskie; and nephew, Gaylord Grandstrand.