Lorraine H. Anderson, 88


Lorraine Anderson, 88, of Alexandria, and formerly of Lowry, died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Bethany Home in Alexandria.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowry, with Pastor John Lee officiating. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home in Glenwood, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. and running until the time of service. Interment will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Lowry. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Lorraine Harriet Anderson was born to Alfred and Minnie (Loftingmoe) Anderson, on July 15, 1922, on the family farm south of Lowry, the second of two children. When she was five the family moved to a house on the east side of Lowry. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowry. A life-long member of St. Paul's, she sang in the choir and served as a Sunday School teacher and on various church committees. She attended grade school in Lowry and in 1940, graduated from Glenwood High School. She took violin and piano lessons and with friends played the violin at P.T.A. meetings and other programs. In high school she played violin in the orchestra and sang in the choir.

Lorraine's working career began with babysitting jobs. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary at the Nash Finch Company in Glenwood. During World War II, she worked at a defense plant in Minneapolis, but moved back to Lowry after the war. She then worked at the bakery in Alexandria until she married. From that time she was a dedicated homemaker and mother but also found time to sell Avon for 20 plus years.

In the '40s, Lorraine met and started dating a good-looking guy named Elmer Anderson, from Farwell. The first time she went out with him, he had asked to take her home from an ice cream social on a farm close to Norunga Church. While on leave in 1943, Elmer proposed, and they were married on Jan. 19, 1946, at her family home in Lowry. Following a honeymoon in Chicago, they took the train home and purchased the family dairy farm near Lowry. In support of the farm work, there were many harvest crew meals and field lunches to prepare. Through the years they had five children - David, Daniel, Dennis, Susan and Jane.

After much soul searching and prayer, they sold the farm in 1973 and moved to a house on Aurora Ave. in Lowry. As they were getting older, in 1998 they decided to sell the house and moved to an apartment - first in Alexandria and then in Lowry for five years. In 2004, they moved to Winona Shores assisted living in Alexandria. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in January of 2006, and Elmer passed away in September of that year. Following hip surgery in 2007, Lorraine lived with daughter Susan (Greg) Odell at their Sonshine Villa adult foster care home.

Over the years, Lorraine's favorite activities included spending time with friends and her sister Orlyn roller skating or bicycling around the town and ice skating at the Lowry rink. And later there was the Skelly bowling team which she enjoyed for many years. She enjoyed baking, Christmas preparations (especially cookie baking), some gardening and there were many hours of playing rook and Chinese checkers. Playing hymns on the organ was also a favorite pastime. She had a witty sense of humor and saw the positive side of any situation.

Lorraine loved and enjoyed her family, and her life was one of example, both in actions and her love of the Lord. She was a selfless lady - everyone else was more important. She thought of and prayed for her children and grandchildren every day. As a young woman, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and loved reading the Bible and having devotions.

Lorraine is survived by two sons, David (Nancy) of Evansville and Dennis (Andrea) of Perry, Ohio; two daughters, Susan (Greg) Odell of Alexandria and Jane (Mark) Koski of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren, Seth (Lynn) Grant, Chip Anderson, Kara (Justin) Swenson, Ben Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Jon Odell, Melissa Odell, Mike (Mickie) Suess, Jason (Bri Fusco) Suess, Adam Suess, Jenny (Matt) Huntley and Jessy (Kris) Pierce; two step-grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Harmon and Matt Koski; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Anderson of St. Cloud and Ardis Anderson of Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; a son, Daniel; her parents, Alfred and Minnie; and brother-in-law and sister, Oscar and Orlyn Holen.

Blessed be her memory.