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Thelma Andersen

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Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Location: St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin, MN


Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin, MN

BURIAL: Clear Lake Cemetery
Clear Lake, Iowa



Thelma Lillian Andersen, age 103 of Austin, Minnesota died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home. Thelma was born September 8, 1913 in Wright County, Iowa to Omer and Clara (Ritter) Ross. On April 9, 1938, Thelma was united in marriage to Harold Andersen in Des Moines, Iowa. Together the couple raised 3 children. Over the years the couple resided in Algona, IA, Mason City for 2 years, and then moved to Clear Lake in 1941, where they lived in the same house where Harold grew up. They later retired to Nisswa, MN in 1973. Following Harold’s death in 1990, Thelma moved to Austin where she lived on her own until moving to St. Mark’s. She loved her role as homemaker, wife, and mother. A member of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Thelma enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, going for walks, and reading. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her children Larry (Sherry) Andersen of Austin, Alice (John) McGee of Breezy Point, MN, Lois (Bob) Riseling of Memphis, TN; seven grandchildren Scott (Sherry) Andersen, Jeff (Kathy) Andersen, Chad Andersen, Marc Riseling, Micaela Riseling, Melanie (Joe) Dotty, Mandy McGee; brother Omer (Dona) Ross of Mazeppa, MN; also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold in 1990, and brothers Raymond, Richard, and Freeman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at St. Olaf. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake, Iowa. Memorials preferred to St. Olaf Backpackers or St. Mark’s Memory Care. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.



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