By KATHY PAULSEN
Word was received on Sunday, Jan. 28 of the passing of 47-year-old Kelli Strom, who lived in the rural Hollandale area. Despite having to deal with cancer for the past four years Kelli was raising a family of four girls, as well as worked at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea for the past three years.
Kelli’s husband, Brenton, who has worked for Automatic Data Processing for the past 21 years, will now have the sole responsibility of raising his four daughters, Aurora, who is 20, a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Karenna, 17; Lorelei, 14, and Josie, 13.
It has been a long hard road for the Strom family these past four years, which included home hospice for Kelli this past month or so. Mary Edon, Becky Lassahn and Kari Buendorf decided to organize a benefit for the Strom family to assist them with medical expenses that Kelli had that were not covered by insurance, as well as to help with expenses for Kelli’s funeral.
The benefit will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon to 4 at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea.
The benefit will include a free-will donation meal, silent auction and bake sale.
If people would like to donate items for the silent auction, contact Mary at 391-0145, or Becky at 684-3040, or they can drop them off during the day the week of Feb. 5 at the Ellendale Community Building.
Items for the bake sale may be dropped off starting at 9 on Sunday morning at Wedgewood Cove.
All four of Kelli’s girls participated in band at NRHEG and Karenna, Lorelei and Josie have also been cheerleaders.
Please keep the Strom family in your prayers. It is hoped that people of our area will come out to support the benefit that is being planned to help them through this difficult time.