Remembering Jan Strinden

Jan Strinden

It is with regret that we announce the death of Jan Strinden.

“Kathy and I were deeply saddened to learn the news of Jan Strinden’s recent passing,” said President Armacost. “She, along with her husband, Earl Strinden, longtime leader of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation, holds a special legacy at UND and among the students, staff, faculty and alumni she served during 50-plus years of dedication to this great University.  At this time, we wish upon Earl, the Strinden’s five children, extended family and friends a sense of peace, knowing that Jan’s remarkable impact will long endure at UND.”

A celebration of life event is slated for this summer with details to be announced at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the UND Alumni Association & Foundation’s Earl and Jan Strinden Endowment.

Janice Elaine (Semmens) Strinden passed away on May 1, 2022 in Fargo. Janice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She was known for her kindness, charm, wit, love of chocolates, athleticism, and sense of style as well as her beauty.

Janice was born April 25, 1934, in Valley City, ND and grew up in Litchville, N.D. She spent most of her adult life in Grand Forks where she raised her children, volunteered, supported UND athletic teams and played many games of tennis.

Janice was a tremendous asset and partner for her husband Earl both in his political career and in working on behalf of UND Alumni Foundation. Those two kids from Litchville had an amazing 68 years together as they raised five kids; built a successful career, traveled the world and met Presidents, astronauts, business and political leaders. Janice’s favorite place was watching the sunsets and spending time with her family and friends at their lake home at Lake Lida.

Janice will be greatly missed by her husband Earl, her 5 children, Ronda (Dave) Zupi, Jon (Sandi) Strinden, Karen (Tony) Grindberg, Tom (Michelle) Strinden and Beth (Todd) Kadoun. She will also be missed by her 14 grandchildren Andrew (Rachel) Strinden, Beth Ann (Ward) Demontigny, Daniel (Elizabeth) Strinden, Thomas (Shana) Beadle, Michael (BreAnna) Zupi, Emily Strinden, Ashlyn (Jeremy) Host, Chase (Katie) Grindberg, Jacob Strinden, Isaac Kadoun, Katie Kadoun, Joe Strinden, Ben Strinden, Sarah Strinden plus 8 great grandchildren (with one more on the way) and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Nina Semmens, and three sisters, LaFerne Beglau, Corrine Opdahl and Doris Sand.

Sympathy cards may be sent to Strinden family c/o Karen Grindberg 4755 Douglas Drive, Fargo, ND, 58104.

Arrangements entrusted to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home – Fargo.