Rena Strand (nee Gysler)

Rena Strand (nee Gysler) passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014 at the age of 83 years, at Polson Special with family around her. Rena was born in Reutigen, Switzerland and her family moved to Canada (Dryden, Ontario) in 1937. In Dryden, Rena went to school, worked at St. Regis Paper Mill and met Len Strand (the love of her life). They married and had two daughters, Lenora and Carolyne. In 1959, the young family moved to Vernon and added a daughter, Cynthia, and a son, Leonard to the household. Once the kids were all in school, Rena returned to work and spent 17 years at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Winfield. Rena loved to garden and spent hours tending to vegetables and beautiful flowers. Travelling was another passion and she went back to Switzerland for a visit, across Canada and to Australia as well as trips to the U.S. and all over B.C.

She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Hanna Gysler, one sister Giesela Henczel and her husband of 47 years, Len in 2001.

She will always be remembered and loved by her children Lenora (Ross) Taylor of Vernon, Carolyne (Nashir) Kassam of Vernon, Cynthia (Wayne) Zibin of Kelowna and Len (Dominique) Strand of Vernon. Her ten grandchildren Jessica (Brandon) Young, Jacqueline (Dan Weins) Morneau, Christopher (Victoria Wood) Morneau, Aaron Morneau, Lauren Taylor, Scott (Megan Bevan) Taylor, Nathan and Breann Zibin and Sydney and Soleil Strand. Four great-grandchildren Rena and Layla Young, Jaxon Taylor and Jordan Morneau-Weins.

She is further survived by one brother Harry (Lydia) Gysler of Calgary, three sisters, Erna Orr of Vernon, Eleanor (Ed) Henczel of Grand Forks, and Lorraine Fraissard of Australia/India. As well as sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise Strand-Russell and Gus Strand of Duncan, Alice (Hal) Vivian of South Carolina, Evelyn Armistead of Texas and Ed Gatey of Ladysmith. There are many nieces and nephews who will miss Auntie Rena as well as friends who will miss their good friend.

The family would like to thank the staff at Schaffer Oakside, Noric House and Polson Special for their care of our Mom over the past two years.

There will be no service but those wishing to remember Rena are invited to make a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society.

Vernon Morning Star

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