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Joanne ‘Joni’ Anderson, 67

Joanne Marie “Joni” Anderson, age 67, of rural Buffalo, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Chatham Township, Wright County, the daughter of Leo “Bill” and Antoinette McCalpin Smith.

Joni graduated from Buffalo High School in 1961.

She was joined in holy marriage with David A. Anderson Oct. 15, 1966, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with two sons.

Prior to her marriage, Joni worked part time as the secretary to the Wright County Sheriff. She was the first female Wright County Deputy Sheriff, serving from 1967 until 1985. Following her retirement, she continued as a bailiff at the Wright County Courthouse until her health deteriorated.

Joni was a lifelong, faithful member of The Church of St. Francis in Buffalo.

Through the years, she enjoyed her work, and loved her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, David A. Anderson; sons Marty C. (Michelle) Anderson of Edina, and Grant A. (Amy) Anderson of Beaverton, OR; grandchildren Maxwell and Maya, and Tyler; her mother, Antoinette Smith of Buffalo; a brother, Jim Smith of Maple Lake; and other relatives and friends.

Joni was preceded in death by her father; and an infant brother, Gerald Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m at The Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, preceded by a time of gathering beginning at 9:30 a.m. Father David Hennen was the celebrant for the Mass.  

Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.