Verna I. Anderson — Rochester

ROCHESTER — The funeral for Verna I. Anderson was at 2 p.m. today at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. The Rev. John Heille officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester.

Mrs. Anderson, 92, of Rochester, died Wednesday (May 2, 2007) at Samaritan Bethany Heights, where she had resided since 2004.

Verna Iola Nelson was born June 16, 1914, in Decorah, Iowa. She married Kenneth Anderson on Jan. 16, 1935, and they farmed in Ridgeway, Iowa, early in their marriage. In 1943 the family moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where they owned and operated the Waterloo-Decorah Freight Line. She was the bookkeeper. In 1948 they moved to Rochester. In 1951, they bought a farm north of Stewartville, where they farmed and had milk cows; Mr. Anderson also was a Rochester Dairy truck driver. They sold the farm in 1992 and moved to southwest Rochester.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and crafts, and won many blue ribbons for her crocheting and baking. She belonged to Farm Bureau and Friendly Neighbors, was active in 4-H, 500 Club, and Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville since 1951. She also liked spending time with her grandchildren, flower gardening, playing Scrabble® and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Jr. of Rochester; two daughters, Eilene (Al) Trueman of Fort Mohave, Ariz., and Ethel (Tom) Joswick of Rochester; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Larson of Omaha, Neb.; and a brother, Alvan Nelson of West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 16, 1999, four brothers, two sisters and a grandson.


Macken Funeral Home of Rochester assisted the family with arrangements.

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