On February 8th, Elaine Anderson passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 81 surrounded by family.
Elaine was born on December 15, 1938 in rural Kenyon, MN. She graduated from Wanamingo Highschool in 1956. Following high school, she worked at Owatonna Tool Company for 2 years to save money for her college education. Elaine attended Concordia College for 2 years in Moorhead, MN. Following college, worked 4 years for ASCS as an administrative clerk facilitating the ACP farming conservation program.
On June 5th, 1965, she married Marvin Anderson. In 1966 they moved to Rochester, MN where they spent the next 53 years. Together, they raised 2 children, enjoyed traveling, spending winters in Florida and gathering with family.
Elaine was known for her love of family, her flair for baking and homemaking, her talent for sewing as well as gardening, and for her long-term dedication to being very active in her church.
In 1991, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her loving husband Marvin relentlessly cared and supported her through her 29-year battle. A special thank you goes to Adara Home Health Care, Deb Eickhoff, Seasons Hospice and Mayo Care Transition Program. Elaine gave the ultimate gift of donating her body to the Mayo Clinic medical program.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Chester Sr. and Clara Overboe, her brother Chester Jr. Overboe, her 2 sisters Clara Clark and June Smith and her nephew Jeffrey Gochnauer. Immediate family survivors include her husband Marvin E. Anderson, her daughter Sara Anderson (Robert Guitron) and granddaughter Xena Guitron, her son Erik Anderson (Eva Quinones) and grandson Trevor Anderson, her sister Martha (Larry) Gochnauer, her sister-in-law Avis Overboe, her brother-in-law LaVerne Smith as well as her husband's sisters Evelyn (Lowell) Heimdahl, Charlotte Gatheridge, Darlene Anderson and their families and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester on Thursday, February 13th at 11:00am. A visitation is scheduled at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes on Wednesday February 12th, between 4:00 and 6:00pm and one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, National MS Society or Polaris Dance Theatre.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Anderson family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com .
"Marvin and family, our sincere sympathy to each of you. We are sorry for your loss, Elaine was a special lady, she and Marvin?s life together was a testimony of their love for each other. May the good memories you have of her bring you peace and comfort in the days and months ahead. Love and sympathy from Renny and Donna Anderson"
"Offering our heartfelt sympathy to you and your entire family during this difficult time of Elaine's passing. We hold many fond and special memories of Elaine in our hearts. Peace be to her memory. I will be sitting at work at Mayo during the funeral, but my heart and thoughts will be with you. Rodney and Kathy (Broin) Nardinger.
I was honored to have been asked to be a waitress at your wedding, visiting with you in your lovely home , Elaine's wonderful pear pie, and passing a set of grandma's Broin's beautiful fine China back to us. She had so much love in her heart. "