Karen Jean Anderson, age 76, of Dassel, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at the Hutchinson Hospital.
She was born Jan. 6, 1943, in Minneapolis, to Eb and Marian Hurtig. Karen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.
She attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Golden Valley, to become a church parish worker and took organ lessons. Following graduation in 1963, Karen moved to Cokato to work at Evangelical Lutheran Church as the parish worker and organist.
Later, she left the parish worker job, and did various other jobs including working at the State Bank of Cokato. She continued to play the organ for 53 years, before retiring in 2016.
Karen loved the Lord and her Cokato church family. In her years at the church, she was involved in women’s organizations, Altar Guild, directing and accompanying choirs, Sunday School, youth work, and singing in the choir.
Karen was married to J. David Anderson Aug. 13, 1966, at First Lutheran Church in Hector. The couple made their home in Dassel, next to Spring Lake, for 53 years together.
Karen enjoyed playing the piano, reading, attending music concerts, and listening to music. She held her family dear to her heart, especially her grandchildren, and attended many of their sporting events and other activities.
Karen is survived by her husband, J. David Anderson of Dassel; son Daniel (Trish) Anderson of St. Louis, MO; daughter Karyl (Jim) Schultz of Inver Grove Heights; two grandchildren, Brittany Schultz and Noah Schultz; three sisters, Judi Burson, Kathi (Doug) Last, and Bette (John) Waltrip; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eb and Marian Hurtig; and brother-in-law Paul Burson.
Her funeral service took place Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Revs. Tim Wheatley and Wayne Peterson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel cemetery.
There was visitation Monday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral home in Dassel, continuing Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.