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Valry Anderson

Valry Anderson, age 90, of Dassel, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Dassel Lakeside Community Home.

Valry (Benson) Anderson, the daughter of Olof and Annette (Peterson) Benson, was born Oct. 30, 1916 on the Benson farm on the northeast corner of Lake Washington near Dassel. She was baptized and confirmed at the Swedish Covenant Church in Dassel.

Valry grew up on the farm and graduated from Dassel High School in 1933. Following high school, she took one year of Normal Training and taught at the Maynard Lake Country School for one year.

Between 1935 and 1947, she worked at some of the Dassel restaurants as a waitress. She was active in young adult church groups and Sunday school. She also did some substitute teaching at the Dassel School.

Valry was united in marriage to Clarence M. “Bus” Anderson Oct. 12, 1947, at the Covenant Church in Dassel. Together, they made their home on the corner of William Avenue and Guy Street, across from the school and the park.

Valry and Bus owned and operated Anderson Grocery for approximately the next six years. When the business was sold to Cliff Isaacson, Valry then began working at the Dassel Creamery as secretary and bookkeeper until her retirement. During this time, she also would waitress at the Bungalow Inn.

Valry loved children. She enjoyed babysitting, teaching Sunday school, and working with young adult groups. She played the piano for church and the nursing home.

She loved to offer her assistance where she felt it was needed. She volunteered at the Dassel Lakeside Home and helped with the Senior Meals program.

She enjoyed going out to eat at many of the local restaurants with family and friends.

Valry is survived by her nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, “Bus” July 19, 1969; her parents; four sisters, Freda Westerberg, Lilly Dille, Ellen Johnson, and Alpha Olson; and two brothers, Leonard Benson and Algot Benson.

A funeral service took place Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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