Linda Lou Bjorni Strupp
Linda Strupp passed on peacefully on December 13, 2023, with her partner, David Bandelier, by her side.
She was born in Dillon, MT to William and Mary (Fournier) Bjorni on July 2, 1953. The youngest of three siblings, she was raised on the family's Spring Creek Ranch on Horse Prairie, MT. After graduating from Beaverhead County High School in 1971, she attended beauty school in Bozeman, MT.
In 1974, she met and married Vinn Strupp from Leadore, ID. During their eight-year union, they worked on her family's ranch as well as neighboring ranches and welcomed Linda's only child, Amanda.
Linda and her daughter moved to Dillon in 1984 when she accepted a position as a CNA at Parkview Acres Care Center (now Pioneer Care and Rehab). In 1985, she had the opportunity to return to what she knew- ranch life- and spent the next four years in the employ of Bill and Floydena Garrison near Glen, MT as the ranch's cook. She returned to Parkview Acres in 1989 and spent the next 20 years working as a CNA and Home Healthcare provider.
On April 13, 1996, she gave a co-worker a chance by agreeing to a first date and spent the rest of her life with David by her side.
Linda's greatest pride and joy came from being a grandma. She played a large and loving role in her grandsons' lives and was deeply saddened by her deteriorating health not allowing for the same connection with her young granddaughters.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister (Sandra Bjorni Dawson) and niece (Dawn Michelle Dawson), her brother and sister-in-law (Bill and Genie Bjorni), and her nephews (Shawn Bjorni and Joe Bjorni). She is survived by her daughter, Amanda (Strupp) Nicholas, her grandchildren- Sam Colgrove, Ian George, Anne Nicholas, and Jane Nicholas, her dear cousin Ruth (Fournier) Pilgrim, and of course, David K. Bandelier and all his family that became part of hers.
Linda had an inner strength without measure. She had a boundless capacity- and tenacity- for unconditional love and self-sacrifice. She also had little patience for nonsense and was as stubborn as a mule. The world of those who loved her is smaller now, but forever enriched by having had her in it.
In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests donations made payable to Brundage Funeral Home to help with final costs. A celebration of Linda's life will be held in early summer of 2024.