Melba Anderson, 100

Melba Virginia Marie Anderson, age 100, of Dassel, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

She was born April 11, 1913, in Cokato, to Joseph and Edith (Johnson) Peterson. Melba was baptized and confirmed at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

She grew up on a farm on the north shore of Collinwood Lake, attended the Collinwood School, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1930.

After teacher’s training in Cokato, Melba taught for five years at the two-room Stockholm School, teaching grades one through four.

Melba was married to Verner Nils Anderson May 21, 1936, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. in Dassel. The couple first farmed north of Dassel, then near Lake Mary, south of Howard Lake; before finally purchasing the Anderson family farm at Lamson in 1940.

Melba and Verner worked side-by-side in their farming operation until Verner’s passing in April of 1982.

Melba enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, and growing flowers. She often shared baked goods, strawberries which she had picked and cleaned, potato sausage, as well as her roses and gladiolas.

She loved the Lord and her Stockholm Church family. Melba played the organ, directed the choir, and taught Sunday school, and vacation Bible school at the Stockholm church. She was active in the women’s organizations, and played piano for the brotherhood. She particularly enjoyed studying the Word, attending the Sunday morning Bible studies and leading her circle Bible study for many years.

When Melba moved into Dassel, she continued to enjoy attending Bible studies at Lakeside Apartments and Dassel Lakeside Healthcare. As she advanced in years, she continued her daily devotions and remained a faithful prayer warrior.

Melba is survived by her son, J. David and his wife, Karen, of Dassel; grandson Daniel (Trish) Anderson of St. Louis, MO; granddaughter Karyl (Jim) Schultz of Inver Grove Heights; two great-grandchildren, Brittany Schultz and Noah Schultz; two sisters-in-law, Verna Peterson and Marian Peterson; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Verner, Melba was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Edith; and her brothers, J. Homer Peterson, and Ralph W. Peterson.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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