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Gertie Rand April 20, 1921 - April 14, 2013

Gertie Rand April 20, 1921 - April 14, 2013

CLARA CITY - Gertie Rand age 91 of Clara City passed away Sunday evening at the Clara City Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation begins from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday also at the church and continues one hour prior to services on Friday. Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Clara City. (online guestbook:

Gertie Henrietta Rand was born April 20, 1921 in Chippewa County, Minnesota, the daughter of Jake and Mamie (Heikes) Stegeman. She passed away April 14, 2013 at the Clara City Care Center.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith and grew up and attended country school near Gluek.

On November 18, 1940 Gertie was united in marriage to Fred Rand at the Lutheran Parsonage in Clara City. To this union four sons were born.

Gertie was a devoted wife and loving mother caring for the family home and helping with the chores. She and Fred farmed in Stoneham Township until 1982 before moving into Maynard.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and active with WELCA. Gertie enjoyed gardening, flowers, and having tea with her grandchildren.

Gertie is survived by her sons: Robert (Patsy) Rand of Maynard; Rodney (Patty) Rand of Maynard; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; daughters-in-laws Phyllis Rand of Maynard and Mardell Rand of Granite Falls; sister: Irene Goldstein of Benson; and other friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fred in 2000; sons: Dwayne and Ronnie; brothers William, Ray, and Hank.