Dr. Lois C. Anderson

Born: Sat., Oct. 1, 1932
Died: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020


10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 27, 2020
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Jan. 27, 2020
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran

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   Dr. Lois C. Anderson age 87 of Mankato, MN passed away on January 19, 2020 at MCHS with her daughter and granddaughter at her side.  Visitation will be on Monday, January 27th from 10am - 2pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato with funeral services at 2pm.  Reception dinner following the service.  Private burial will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato is handling arrangements.
   Lois was born in Montevideo, MN on Oct. 1, 1932.  She was the first of three children born to Ludwig Huso and the former Olga Floe.  She grew up on the home farm near Cottonwood, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1950.  Lois furthered her education at Augustana College, Mankato Commercial College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mankato State University in 1956.  She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education in 1960 and a Ph. D. in Animal Therapy in 1997.
On Dec. 15, 1954 she married Roy William Bjorklund in a civil ceremony at Rolla, Missouri.  They were re-married on Aug 12, 1956 at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, Cottonwood, MN.  They later divorced.  
   On July 2, 1961 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Donald Anderson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato.  To this union was born one daughter, Lisa.  
Lois was a beloved elementary teacher for 50 years. She began her teaching career in Waterville Public Schools.  She taught there for seven years before transferring to the Mankato School District where she taught until retiring in 2000.  She enjoyed working with children so much that she continued to substitute teach in Mankato until 2007.
Lois has been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1961, serving as a Sunday School and Art teacher. She had a creative flair which can still be seen on the banners hanging in the church sanctuary.
   Lois loved animals.  She owned many different pets over the years which delighted friends and family who came to see the “zoo”.  She was a charter member of Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society beginning in 1980, serving on the board of directors since 1981.  She held the offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  She was secretary for 21 years.   In addition, she was a foster home for abandoned animals and the BENCHS representative for the Adoption Partners Agreement with PETCO since 2008.  Her service helped rehome countless dogs and cats of the Mankato area.   She was also an original member of Therapy Dogs International, Chapter 24, since 1984, making several visits each month to hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.  She has trained several dogs for therapy work.   As an Animal Therapist, Dr. Anderson consulted with many people on animal behavior problems.   Lois enjoyed pet-sitting and opened her home to many happy dogs who relished the freedom to run and play in her backyard.  
Lois was very active.  She enjoyed a number of activities including dancing, swimming, hiking, gardening, and wildlife.  If it was a beautiful day, Lois could be found exploring Williams Nature Center or tending to her Backyard Wildlife Habitat.  She was a 4-H leader and judge at several county fairs for many years.  
   Her legacy will live on through her family and friends.  She was an independent, hard-working, resilient woman who always looked at the bright side.  Her smile and silly sense of humor brought joy to anyone she encountered.  She believed it is important to not only be a good person, but to be good for something.  She was one of a kind and we will miss her dearly.  
   She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Meunier; granddaughter, Jennifer Street; stepsons Brian (Emma) Anderson and Thomas (Leslie) Anderson; brother Harold (LaVonne) Huso; brother-in-law, Kenneth Anderson; special friend, Frederick “Fritz” Pongratz; and many nieces and nephews.  
   She is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; her sister, Ruth Leaf; and stepson, Donald Anderson; and sister-in-law, Lois Anderson.  

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Amy Grigal
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
Love and miss you Aunt Lois! Hoping you are getting all kinds of wet doggy and kitty kisses in heaven from all your past pets!

Cathy Colby
   Posted Tue January 21, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Lois was just an amazing woman and I enjoyed her company at the Therapy Dog events we attended together. She was always someone I deeply respected. Such a fierce independent spirit with kindness at her core.

Carol J. Potz
   Posted Tue January 28, 2020
What an energetic lady Lois was. I met her at the KatoBall Room a few years back. Her love for the music and the smiles that she shared with myself and my friends will be missed. I haven't seen Lois now in about 3 years but we always looked for her when we were there. It was our 2cd time together we chatted that I learned of her love for animals. She told us what she had done through the years. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Mother, Lois. We think of her each time myself and my friends get together. Lois will be truly missed.

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