ForeverMissed
Dottie Anderson passed away peacefully the morning of April 17, 2020 at Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul, Minnesota after a long battle with cancer. This memorial site has been created to give family and friends a place to honor and celebrate her life. You are invited to look through these pages and share memories and photos of Dottie.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Lyngblomsten Foundation. All donations made in memory of Dottie will benefit the Lyngblomsten Employee Scholarship Fund. Dottie valued education. Sharing the gift of education with those who supported her with such skill and compassion is a lovely way to honor her memory.  Make a Tribute Gift on-line or mail a donation in memory of Dottie Anderson to Lyngblomsten Foundation, 1415 Almond Avenue, St Paul, MN 55108.
Posted by Marge Nelson on May 9, 2020
I left a tribute a couple days ago and extended sympathy to Gretta and John. My apologies. I guess I was seeing John in my mind. My sympathy to Charles and family. Love to you all from Marge Nelson
Posted by Douglas Taube on May 9, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dottie passing away. I met her while she lived in Farmington MN. Over the years we had coffee daily, many talks about lots of topics and ate her very good fried chicken and the extras.
Dottie was a strong willed person and faught every day to live one more day. She lived through many surgeries to get rid of that mean cancer only to have it come back. Lots of others wouldn’t have made it like she did.
Dottie, Raco and I love you dearly. I miss my second mom and chatting a lot. Your free of pain and not struggling. May you forever Rest In Peace. I love you, Till we meet again. God Bless you
Posted by Marge Nelson on May 7, 2020
Dottie was my lifesaver in a small town. What fun, laughter, and just downright good times we had! As life does to us, she moved and I missed her. We met for lunch occasionally but never had enough time. She influenced so many decisions in my life with a simple question. Whenever I think about delaying some sensible gratification with the “But I’ll be too old to enjoy it,” justification, I hear her saying, “And how old will you be if you don’t do it?” Dottie is gone from this earth but she will live on in my heart and mind. She was a real gem.
My sympathy to Gretta, John, and their loved ones.
Marge
Posted by Raychel Lafontaine on May 4, 2020
Grandma Dottie will always hold a special place in my heart. When my mom married Andy (John) when I was 11, I remember being very nervous about having a "new" family, as it had always just been my mom and I. But Andy being brought into our lives, and the rest of the the Andersons and family to follow, was the greatest gift I ever received. Dottie helped to shape the woman I have grown into today by not only being a support, but an inspiration to continue learning and experiencing the world for all its beauty. She was not only kind-hearted, but a tough woman who kept fighting. She taught me that you never fail until you stop trying, and that love and kindness go above all. While my eyes are filled with tears, by heart is filled with joy and love for the memories with Grandma Dottie. I will forever remember the love she shared and the sound of her laugh, both which filled any room she was in. Love you Dottie. We will miss you. Rest in peace now with Jerry and Andy <3
Posted by Sean Kenney on May 4, 2020
Dottie was like a second mother to me. I met her at Spruce Place apartments in Farmington, Minnesota, in 2010. There is nobody nicer. Dottie was always there for her friends and treated her friends like family. She is missed , but I am happy that she is with her husband and son and her beloved dog Bell. I am praying for the rest of her family.

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Posted by Marge Nelson on May 9, 2020
I left a tribute a couple days ago and extended sympathy to Gretta and John. My apologies. I guess I was seeing John in my mind. My sympathy to Charles and family. Love to you all from Marge Nelson
Posted by Douglas Taube on May 9, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dottie passing away. I met her while she lived in Farmington MN. Over the years we had coffee daily, many talks about lots of topics and ate her very good fried chicken and the extras.
Dottie was a strong willed person and faught every day to live one more day. She lived through many surgeries to get rid of that mean cancer only to have it come back. Lots of others wouldn’t have made it like she did.
Dottie, Raco and I love you dearly. I miss my second mom and chatting a lot. Your free of pain and not struggling. May you forever Rest In Peace. I love you, Till we meet again. God Bless you
Posted by Marge Nelson on May 7, 2020
Dottie was my lifesaver in a small town. What fun, laughter, and just downright good times we had! As life does to us, she moved and I missed her. We met for lunch occasionally but never had enough time. She influenced so many decisions in my life with a simple question. Whenever I think about delaying some sensible gratification with the “But I’ll be too old to enjoy it,” justification, I hear her saying, “And how old will you be if you don’t do it?” Dottie is gone from this earth but she will live on in my heart and mind. She was a real gem.
My sympathy to Gretta, John, and their loved ones.
Marge
her Life
Dottie Jo Jack Anderson was born November 17, 1935, in Mt. Sterling, Iowa to Howard B. and Cleda (Robertson) Jack. She grew up in Cantril Iowa, where she lived with her aunt and uncle, Georgia and Chuck Owen. She graduated from high school in 1953. Dottie worked for Ozark Airlines in St Louis, Missouri and San Francisco from 1953-1956. In 1956 and ’ 57, she worked in the Agronomy Dept at Iowa State University, where she met her future husband.

On September 14, 1957 she married Jerry W. Anderson. She and Jerry raised their three children, Gretta, Charles and John, in Aurelia Iowa. They later moved to Faribault, and then Owatonna, Minnesota.

Dottie graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1982 with a degree in English and Psychology, and from Mankato State University in 1990 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Early in her counseling career she worked with women in recovery and their families. In the last years of her career, Dottie was employed as a Social Worker for Steele County Human Services where she worked with elderly clients.

She is survived by two children: Gretta Anderson (Paul Bay) of Arlington, MA, Charles Anderson (Ann) of Eagan, MN, three grandchildren, Jerry Anderson, Micala Anderson, and Raychel LaFontaine, a sister, Karol Johnson of St. Louis, MO and a brother, Fred Jack of Bastrop, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband in 2002, a granddaughter, Brooke Anderson in 2008 and her son, John Anderson in 2009.

Dottie loved the St Louis Cardinals, Willie Nelson, winning at cribbage and a good book. She was always a voracious reader. Books about history, religion, politics as well as biographies and poetry expanded her world. Dottie was interested in people from all walks of life. She was a good listener and an encouraging presence in the lives of her family and friends. Memories of her kindness, sense of humor and her lovely voice raised in song and filled with laughter will long remain with us.

A memorial in Dottie's honor will be held at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 8, 2021.

Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cantril, Iowa, October 9, 2021.

In her own words .... Dottie, around 1980

Mom wrote this letter to the editor of the Sentinel, the local newspaper in Aurelia, Iowa.
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Room for Joy

Shared by Gretta Anderson on October 17, 2021
My earliest memory of mom and baseball is from the summer of 1967, I think. I wasn’t very old. I walked into the living room to find mom kneeling in front of our TV. Suddenly, she began striking the carpet with her fists and yelling at the TV -“run, run, run!” It was a little startling to say the least. What I remember most was how happy she was watching that game.

She has a wonderful gift of being able to immerse herself in joyful things, setting aside difficulties and sadness for a while to make room for joy.

Surrounded by Music

Shared by Gretta Anderson on October 17, 2021
So many memories of mom, but this is one of my favorites:

Charles and I were visiting mom in her Apple Valley apartment sometime in 2016. Mom said, “is that a brass band playing” as she pointed to the window. Chas shrugged as if to say ‘I don’t hear anything’. I said, “I don’t hear anything, but I’ll step out on the balcony and  check” I heard nothing. Not even car traffic. Mom seemed a bit embarrassed. She then confessed that she had, for a number of years, heard music that wasn’t there …. music that was playing inside her head. She wasn’t at all bothered by this. In fact, she seemed rather content with it.

Later, when I visited her at Lyngblomsten, sometimes I’d ask what she was listening to in her head these days. The tunes varied and she always seemed to enjoy them. Except once, when she told me “Silent Night!  And it’s been playing for 3 days ... I’m so tired of that song!”

Mom loved music and throughout her life she surrounded herself with it - listening to records, the radio, singing and listening to tunes only she could hear.
Shared by Sherry Schott on May 6, 2020
Dottie was a good friend along with being a great coworker.  Many good laughs were shared.  Nothing was more important then her family.  She was so proud of her grand kids!!  Rest in peace my dear friend.