Anker Mathiason, 94, Alden

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 5, 2007

Funeral services for Anker Peter &8220;Punk&8221; Mathiason, age 94, of Alden will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden. Rev. Richard Spande will officiate. Interment will be in the Carlston Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Freeborn County Servicemen&8217;s Organizations. Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayview/

Anker died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center.

Anker Peter Mathiason was born Nov. 29, 1912, to Carl and Maren (Ravn) Mathiason in Alden. He lived in the Alden area his entire life and attended country school. Punk served in the United States Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945. On Nov. 26, 1949, he was united in marriage to Ardis Eleanor Petersen at the Grace Lutheran Church in Alden. Punk was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Carlston Cemetery Board and the American Legion, as well as a founding member of the Alden Co-op Elevator. He enjoyed farming with his sons, the outdoors, county fairs &8212; especially watching his granddaughters show cattle &8212; and spending time with his family and loved ones. Punk was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

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Survivors include his wife, Ardis; sons, Glen (Jill) Mathiason and Bob (Cindy) Mathiason; granddaughters: Shannan (Chris) Nelson and Kendra and Krista Mathiason; and great-grandchildren, Bryn and Noah Nelson, all of Alden; sisters, Betty Brandt of Tyler, Hilda (Elvis) Duncan of Alden, and Dagmar Jacobson of Rice Lake, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Stella Mathiason of Alden and Evelyn Koetke of Isle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Anker was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arnold Mathiason; sisters, Valborg Smith and Astrid (&8220;Ossy&8221;) Mathiason; and brothers-in-law, Andrew Smith, John Brandt, Allan Jacobson, and Kenneth Koetke.