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Arlene Anderson

December 11, 1925 ~ December 6, 2021 (age 95)

Obituary

Arlene Anderson, 95, of Aberdeen and formerly of Andover passed away December 6, 2021 at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen surrounded by her family.  Memorial services will be held at a later date under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

Arlene P. was born on December 11, 1925 in Webster to Helmer and Irene (Cavanaugh) Torguson.  She attended rural grade school and graduated from Pierpont High School in 1943.  She worked at the Peabody Clinic in Webster.

Deciding to further her education, Arlene went to Minneapolis, MN. And after graduation, was employed by radiologists Hanson, Iverson and Nord.  On September 20, 1952, she was united in marriage with Robert Anderson of Andover.  Their family became complete with the addition of a son, Kevin, and daughter, Karma.

In line with her view on education, Arlene served on the Andover and Groton Boards of Education; worked on the development of the Day County Museum and helped negotiate the service of the Brown County Bookmobile into rural areas of Day County.

Arlene continued her own education at Northern State College, receiving a BS in English and Business and later adding a MS in English.  She taught at Langford High School and retired from Webster High School.  Arlene and Bob traveled extensively and eventually purchased a home in Yuma, Arizona.  Arlene substituted in various Yuma schools.

When Bob’s health began to deteriorate, the couple returned to Andover.  In 2003, Arlene moved to Groton and her “bridge” life began.  In 2013, she moved to Arbor Springs, Aberdeen.

Arlene is survived by her son, Kevin (Donna) Anderson of Andover, daughter, Karma (LeRoy) Smith of Loveland, CO, grandchildren; Amber (Mark) Surls, of Denver, CO,  Kory Anderson (Ali Fisher) of Andover, Scott (Jady) Anderson of Turton,  Chance Smith of Loveland, CO, great-grandchildren; Drake Anderson, Sofia Surls, Wolfgang and Serena Anderson.

Honorary Urn Bearers will be Arlene’s Grandchildren-Amber Surls, Kory Anderson, Scott Anderson and Chance Smith.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Preschool, Groton, James Valley Threshing Association, Andover, Prairie Heart Guest House (Attention Jessica, 4500 West 69th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57108) or Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center (163 North Co. Road 29, Loveland, CO 80537).

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