Mildred Anderson, 1923-2016

Published 9:52 am Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Funeral services for Mildred M. Anderson will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. The Rev. Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery.

Mildred passed away Friday, Jan. 8. 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. She was 92.

Mildred Anderson

Mildred Anderson

Mildred Marie (Holan) was born on Oct. 16, 1923, to Joseph and Mina (Hendrickson) Holan in Wells. She grew up in Wells and attended school through the ninth grade. In March of 1945, she was united in marriage to Bernard Sondergard, and two children were born, Michael and Jerry. The couple later divorced. In May 1956 she was united in marriage to Duane M. Anderson.  To this union, three children were born, Rodney, Laura and Joseph.

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Mildred worked mainly as a waitress. She worked at Chef Cafe, B&B Cafe and Elbow Room.  She was a faithful member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. In her free time, she enjoyed to write poetry, tell stories of her youth, listen to music, sing and play bingo. She would also try her luck at a few scratch-off tickets from time to time. Mildred could be described as a loving, happy and genuine person. She loved to spend time with people and enjoyed conversation, but most importantly — she loved and cared for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Bernard Sondergard; second husband, Duane Anderson; both parents; and siblings George Holan and Mary (Gerald) Schultz.

Those left to carry on her legacy include her children Michael (Sue) Sondergard of New Germany, Jerry (Peggy) Sondergard, of Princeton, Laura (Dale) Holstad of Northwood, Rodney (girlfriend, Dawn Johnson) Anderson of Albert Lea and Joseph (Cathy) Anderson of Lake Mills; stepchildren Robert (Linda) Anderson, of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Duane Jr. (Julie) Anderson of Waconia; grandchildren Jason (fiancée, Brittany Stearns) Holstad, Jennifer Holstad, Christopher and Tanya Anderson, Jennifer, Peter, Bobbi Jean, Pam and Ivy Sondergard; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers John (Janice) Holan of  St. Paul and James (Lori) Holan of Madison; sisters Betty Holan of Austin and Marian (Clarence) Weckwerth of Wells; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.