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Harriet Zander

Harriet Zander, age 84, of Howard Lake, died Friday, March 24, 2006, shortly after entering the Good Samaritan Care Center.

She was born March 17, 1922 in Middleville Township, Wright County, the daughter of August and Maude (Anderson) Anderson. Harriet was baptized June 18, 1922 by the Rev. Alex Sand at Augustana Church, Middleville; and confirmed in her faith by the Rev. C. A. Callerstrom July 12, 1936 at Carlslund Lutheran Church, Buffalo.

Harriet attended Normal School and taught country school for two years.

She was united in marriage to Welton Zander July 18, 1942 by the Rev. Eugene Seltz at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. They were blessed with four children, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

An active member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, Harriet served as a day school teacher, youth counselor, Sunday school teacher, Bible class teacher, and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League member.

Harriet was known for her talent of baking bread, pies, and cakes. She always thought of others, and shared herself with family and many friends. Antiquing had recently become one of her favorite pastimes.

Harriet was active in her community, serving on the committee to build the Good Samaritan Care Center, initiating its auxiliary, and continuing to be an active member of the organization. When Howard Lake began its community celebrations, she organized the first Good Neighbor Day’s queen’s contest.

History was also important to her, and she was a life member of the Wright County Historical Society.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Maude and August Anderson; sister Evelyn (Roland) Diers; and brother Roger Anderson.

She is survived by her loving husband, Welton; children Suzanne (Evan Schiller), Larry (Jane) Zander, Rebecca (Gary Hagemann), and Lizabeth (Tom Striegel); three sisters, June Wagner, Ione (Marvin Swedberg), and Geraldine Anderson; brother Vergil (Geri) Anderson; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Nancy Butterfass was the organist, and special music was provided by soloist Marge Stuevens, the Ladies of the LWML, and the St. James Senior Choir. Interment was at St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.

Casket bearers were Pamela Davids, Jonathan Schiller, Timothy Schiller, Thomas Schiller, Christian Schiller, Benjamin Hagemann, Josiah Hagemann, Justio Striegel, Cody Striegel, John Wyman, and Troy Wyman.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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