Verna F. Anderson

Born: Wed., May 3, 1933
Died: Sat., Sep. 22, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Oct. 03, 2018
Location: Grace Lutheran Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 03, 2018
Location: Grace Lutheran Church

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   Verna Frances Anderson, age 85 formerly of St. Peter and North Mankato, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, Minnesota.
    Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minnesota with the Reverend Dr. Scott E. Olson officiating.  Interment will be at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota at a later date.
    Visitation will be held on Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of services at 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato is handling arrangements.
    Verna was born on May 3, 1933, to George Ludwig Dahl and Sara Christine (Jacobson) Dahl at her home in rural Neidpath, Saskatchewan, Canada and baptized on September 6, 1933. She was confirmed on October 29, 1947 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church south of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.  Verna graduated from Verndale High School on May 28, 1952, where she had many friends and was active in choir, Glee Club and the junior and senior class plays.  On October 30, 1952, she was united in marriage to Dennis Lyle Anderson at the Lutheran Parsonage of Reverend W.J. Schmitz in New Ulm, Minnesota.  Verna and Dennis had moved to St. Peter where she was first employed as a waitress at the Polar Maid Café.  She then took a professional position as bookkeeper/teller for First National Bank and also Nicollet County Bank in St. Peter.  She worked in the Nicollet County judicial system in the Court Administrator’s Office as Deputy Clerk of Court for many years.  In her later years she worked at Gustavus Adolphus Food Service in St. Peter.  She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter and Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato.  She was a devoted Life Member and proudly held the position of Trustee for the Mankato VFW Post #950 Women’s Auxiliary.  She assisted with the VFW Wednesday night golfer’s dinners and women’s salad luncheons, sold poppies and worked at many State VFW golf tournaments.  
    Verna took great pride in her hobby, genealogy, on both sides of her family.  She studied, documented and recorded her family history back to the 1600s.  She loved being a traditional homemaker, Campfire Girls Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother.  She loved the holiday season, birthday celebrations, family reunions and get-togethers.  She was very proud of her heritage and Canadian decent and made Norwegian lefsa and desserts at Christmas time.  Verna loved picnics and fun with her long-time neighborhood friends in St. Peter.  She loved to dance, travel and dote over her grandchildren.  She adored her very dear, special lady friends, celebrating their birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.  
    Verna is survived by her daughter, Beverly Ann (John) Butler of Lakeville, Minnesota; son Bruce Lyle (Danguole) Anderson of West Des Moines, Iowa; granddaughter Julianne Victoria Anderson of West Des Moines, Iowa; granddaughter Amanda Eve Anthony (Cody) of Shafer, Minnesota; grandson Zachary Joseph Glaser (Stephanie Miller) of Cleveland, Minnesota; great grandson Walter Robert Glaser of Cleveland, Minnesota; sister-in-Law, Alma (Blaine) Dahl of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and her gentleman friend, Kenneth Anderson of Mankato and many very special nieces and nephews throughout  Minnesota, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg & Montreal, Canada.  
    She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Sarah Dahl; husband of 44 years, Dennis Anderson in 1996; an infant grandson, Joseph Glaser in 1984; brothers Gordon Salmer (Kay) Dahl of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Blaine Clarence (Alma) Dahl of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; sister Helen Jeanette (Orville) Knutson of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; infant brother, Gerhard Jelmer Dahl of Kelliher, Minnesota and one brother-in-law Dean William Anderson of Mankato, Minnesota.

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Colleen (Dahl) & Ken Richmond
   Posted Wed September 26, 2018
Dear Bruce, Beverly, John & Family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I don't have many memories of her as I was very young when my family went to see you all but having seen recent pictures of your Mom, I can see the gentle, kind, loving warmth in her eyes. She looked so happy and serene in those photos. I hope she didn't suffer too much and that her passing was peaceful too. Losing your Mom is hard but at least you were all there to surround her with your love! May God welcome her home and bless you all at this difficult time. Our prayers & thoughts are with you all. Colleen & Ken

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