Eva Mae (Simpson) Strazzabosco, age 90 of Alexandria, formerly of Graceville, passed on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Memorial service for Eva will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Wildwood Cemetery in Wheaton later in the spring.

Eva Mae was born September 3rd, 1928, the second of three children born to E. Carl and D. Rose (Berry) Simpson. Eva attended rural school and graduated from Graceville High School. She received her three-year Registered Nursing diploma from Eidel Hosptial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1949. Thus started a 55-year nursing career that included operating room, emergency room triage, home health care, and CPR training.

After nursing school, Eva moved to Arizona where she met Claudio Strazzabosco. She and Claudio married on November 19, 1955, in Tokyo, Japan. Following Claudio’s discharge from the Air Force, they returned to the states where they lived in Arizona and later in California.

Eva loved to cook and, for a time, she and Claudio owned an elite restaurant in Port Costa, California called the Bull Valley Inn. She loved to golf and ski. Her good friend, Bob Lively, would often accompany her on trips to the links and to the mountains. She also loved Beagles. Her last Beagle, Buddy, was arguably her favorite.

She moved back to Minnesota in the mid-1990s to be closer to family. She owned a small farm near Brandon, Minnesota, and during the winter, she could be found at the Andes Tower Hills ski resort helping out wherever she was needed.

She is survived by brothers: Ervin (Doris) Simpson and Gene Simpson.

Eva was preceded in death by former spouse Claudio Strazzabosco and good friend Bob Lively. She is survived by her brothers Ervin Simpson of Wheaton, Minnesota, and Gene Simpson of Alexandria; and by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home.

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