Linnea Elaine (Strait) Flodquist, was the daughter of Ella Sofia (Lindman) and Mark Horace Strait. Linnea was born Jan. 19, 1914 in Cambridge, Isanti County, Minnesota.
Linnea graduated from Cambridge High School and Beauty College in Minneapolis. She owned beauty shops in Crosby, Elision and North Branch. Linnea married Theodore William Flodquist April 15, 1943 in Spring Lake, Minn. After Ted returned from combat in WWII she and Ted ran successful dairy farms in Spring Lake and Almelund.
She was a charter member of North Branch VFW Auxiliary and North Branch Eastern Star. She was active with the Almelund All-Stars 4-H Club, 4 Winds and a Gail (a singing group), a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, member of the Priscilla Circle, and other activities of her four children. In 1974, Ted and Linnea retired to Lake Superior in Grand Marais to garden, fish and enjoy the home they designed. Linnea was a member of the Grand Marais Garden Club for 18 years. She loved to entertain in Grand Marais, go snowmobiling with the gang from Almelund and go to the East Bay for breakfast.
In 1992, they returned to North Branch and Almelund. She has been a resident of the St. Cloud area since September of 1998. Ted passed away June 10, 1999.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Mark Clinton and John David; and two sisters Marjorie Constance (Ledin) and Blanche Eunice (Lindenborg).
A special thank you to Dr. W. Leland Lindquist and staff at CentraCare River Campus; Don Salzer of Foster Care Providers now known as TLA Foster Care, LLC. For the past 7 years she received loving and respectful care from Don and Charlene and Amber (TLA). Her special house mates Bill and Pat are missing her very much.
Linnea will be greatly missed by daughters Nancy Ella and companion Gary Rymer, St. Cloud, Gail Linnea and husband Ron Priestley, Tucson, Ariz.; sons Charles Cary and wife Karen May, Colfax, Wis., Jay Theodore and wife Julie Ann, Almelund; and grandchildren Kristina Linn (Geoff Meisner), Marc Harris, Katherine May, Jennifer Linn (Matt Bauman), Jacob Paul (Jennell) and Joseph Theodore (Brittany Gorsuch); 5 great grandchildren Ben and Phoenix Meinser, Jace Flodquist and Jacovy and Jillian Flodquist; 9 nieces and nephews; 21 great nieces and nephews and 11 great-great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Celebration of Life and interment will be April 14, 2012 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. with services at 2 p.m.
Memorials preferred to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund in Almelund, Minn.