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Erna Ida Anderson

Erna Ida Anderson, age 91, of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

She was born July 15, 1915 in Bath, S.D., the daughter of John and Elsie (Pagel) Bugner.

Erna was united in marriage to Arnim Anderson June 3, 1943. The couple made their home in various places before settling in Lester Prairie in 1967.

Erna worked at the Lester Prairie Elementary School from 1968 to 1985, when she retired. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in Lester Prairie, and attended church there regularly with a strong faith.

Erna enjoyed gardening, crocheting, playing cards, reading, cooking and baking. She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; a grandson, Jeffrey Miller; and a sister, Mildred Tadlock.

Erna is survived by her children: Kenneth Anderson (wife Brenda) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Judith Miller (husband Joseph) of Pierz, Robert Anderson (wife Gail) of Lester Prairie, Jon Anderson (wife Margaret) of Cold Spring, and LaVeta Payette (husband Romeo) of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren Jeremy Miller, Jennifer Brouhard (husband Neal), Jocelyn Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Sean Payette, and Karl Payette; and great-granddaughters Alyse and Gwen Brouhard.

She is further survived by a sister, Gertrude Anderson of Aberdeen, S.D.; brother Derald Bugner (wife Bonnie) of Reeder, N.D.; and sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson of Kalispell, Mont.; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services celebrating Erna’s life took place Friday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating The organist was Marsha Christenson, and soloist Chuck Thiel sang “Softly And Tenderly.” Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment was in the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

Visitation was Thursday evening, Jan. 4 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

Serving as casket bearers were Jeremy Miller, Neal Brouhard, Andrew Anderson, Joseph Miller, Romeo Payette, and Jim Bugner.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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