Mrs. Xiujun Li, known as “June” to her friends, passed away on February 10th, 2014, at Reflections Care Suites on the Three Links Campus in Northfield, Minnesota. She was 90.
She was born in Hequ County, Shanxi Province, China, the daughter of a large landowner, Guangheng Li. She left home at an early age to attend grade school in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937, she fled to Xi’an, where she worked for a time in a weaving factory. Later, she trained as a nurse and worked in a local hospital. There she also met and married her husband, Zhengzhi Lang, then a student at the Shaanxi Agricultural College. When the war ended, the couple returned to Inner Mongolia, first to Baotou, and ultimately to the provincial capital, Hohhot, where they raised two daughters and a son. In Hohhot, she first worked in a hospital for Chinese army veterans, then spent the remainder of her career at the Inner Mongolia Tuberculosis Hospital. There she became chief nurse and later trained to be an acupuncturist. Since then she successfully treated a wide variety of complaints, from sore throat to sciatic pain to high blood pressure to many difficult illnesses. Her effective treatment and sunny personality won her high reputation and many friends. She was well know locally for treating patients whom other doctors had given up on. Her son now practices Chinese medicine in Canada.
She first visited the United States in 1988, when she attended the graduation of her second daughter, Hongyu Lang, from St. Olaf College. XiuJun and her husband ultimately immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, settling down in Northfield, MN. Mr. Lang passed away in 2003. For the past several years she resided at Cottage West on the Three Links campus, where she was named the most pleasant and cheerful patient in the house.
She is survived by daughter Hongyuan Lang (Richard Bodman), of Faribault, MN; son Xiaoshan Lang (Debbi) of Vancouver, B.C.; daughter Hongyu Lang of Eagan, MN, and by three grand-children and one great-grandson. The family plans a memorial service for May. Interment will be at Valley Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com