Eva Kristina Strike was born Jan. 19, 1920 in Rogsto, Helsingland, Sweden to Axel and Signe (Krom) Pearson. Before she was two years old her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Isanti, Minn. where Signe’s brother Victor Peterson had settled. Eva grew up and attended school in Isanti and graduated from Cambridge High School. On June 15, 1940 she married Hugo Strike at the Elim Baptist Church parsonage. They moved to Henderson, Minn. to work on the Nye Farm where their son, Hugo, Jr. was born. Later Hugo worked in construction and he then served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. After the war they moved back to Isanti and purchased Hugo’s family farmstead. Eva worked as a telephone operator and later in the business office for Northwestern Bell until her retirement. In her younger years she was very active in Elim Baptist Church in Isanti and served in many capacities. Hugo and Eva wintered in Texas for 25 years. In Texas she took painting classes and usually painted landscapes. Eva also enjoyed making dolls, crocheting, quilting and doing puzzles.
Eva is survived by two sons; Hugo Jr. (Elaine) of Isanti, Harlow (Ce) of Sun City West, Ariz.; one sister, Elsa Donaldson of California; one brother, David (Dorothy) Pearson of Isanti; 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugo, Sr.; sister, Ethel Kluck; sisters-in-law, Marlys Pearson and Marcella Svendsen; brothers-in-law, Jackie Donaldson and Allan Kluck.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti with Rev. Ryan O’Leary officiating. The soloist was Nancy Peabody and Marlene Hartzell served as pianist. Special music by Madelyn Strike. The pallbearers were Jim Hove, Brian, Brian, Jr., Chuck, Harlow and Hugo Strike, Jr. Interment was in Strike Cemetery in rural Isanti.