Virginia “Ginny” Irene (Wendorf) Anderson, age 87, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
She was born Aug. 14, 1927, on a small farm north of French Lake, where she lived with her parents, Fred and Hulda Wendorf; two brothers, Hartwell and Harold; and one sister, Lorayne.
When she was about 9 years old, her folks lost their farm, during the Depression years, and moved to Delano, where her dad held employment as a mechanic. Because of hard times, they moved four times, and came back to farm west of French Lake.
She lived there until she married Clarence Anderson in 1944, and moved to a farm in Knapp, where she lived the rest of her life.
Ginny was confirmed at the Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, and when she married Clarence, she joined the North Crow River Lutheran Church, where she remained very active for many years. She found the Lord as her personal Savior in 1952, which, through faith and prayer, helped her through many happy times and hard times in her life.
Ginny loved the outdoors and being a “farm wife.” In 1966, she raised chickens and went into the “egg business.” Many people would stop and buy eggs and, of course, enjoy a cup of coffee. Among Ginny’s many friends were those she met through her business, who started out as strangers, but left as friends. She sold her chickens in 1986, and in all those 20 years, never complained of the work.
Ginny was a soft-spoken person, with a heart of gold. She loved to mow the lawn, tend to her flowers, get her laundry on the line (early in the morning), and just be outdoors. She wrote many letters, and never forgot a birthday, always sending a card and well wishes.
Ginny enjoyed reading, quilting, puzzles, “big noodles,” and coffee with family and friends.
She is survived by her five sons: Elroy (Roxann), Bradley (Mary), Larry (Beverly), Michael (Kara), and Lennie; eight grandchildren: Richard, Annette (Joel) Whitson, Jeremiah (Melanie), Marshall (MaryCatherine), Scott (Kassey), Kelsey, Juston (Brooke), and Joelle; and five great-grandchildren: Trey, Jayden, McKenna, Maylie and Laney.
Ginny is also survived by a brother, Harold Wendorf; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; parents Fred and Hulda; brother Hartwell; sister Lorayne; and infant granddaughter, Kaisa.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, followed by interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, Sept. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Tuesday, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.