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Barbara Jane Anderson

Barbara Jane Anderson

March 23, 1933 - Aug. 29, 2013

WILLMAR - Barbara Jane Anderson, age 80, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on August 29, 2013. Her service will be held on Tuesday, September 3, at 10:30 a.m., at Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar, MN. Visitation will be on Monday evening, September 2, from 5-7 p.m., at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, 1000 19th Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201 (320) 235-0545, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.. Memorials to the American Cancer Society and Vinje Lutheran Church.

She was born on March 23, 1933, in Cloquet, MN, to Bert and Aili Erickson. She graduated from Cloquet High School, and then went to nursing school at Minneapolis General Hospital. She married Ronald Carl Anderson on August 9, 1958. They started their family in Wheaton, MN, and then moved to Willmar, where they raised their four children and made so many lifelong friends.

Barb served on the DAC Board and the Rice Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Guardian Ad Litem for 16 years, a Substitute Decision Maker at the State Hospital, and a hospice volunteer. She also was active at Vinje Lutheran Church (deaconess, teacher, circle, funeral coordinator, and Friendly Visitor coordinator).

Barb approached life with sincerity, compassion, and spunk. She made friends instantly with everyone she met along the way. Family was most important to her and she adored her grandchildren. She also loved her dog Rufus, her loyal companion. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge, traveling, gardening, playing piano, and walking Rufus. Though we will miss her dearly, we know she's watching us from heaven with that twinkle in her eye and blessing us all with her love.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bert and Aili Erickson, and two brothers, Wallace and Richard. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Ron; children Greg (Cam) Anderson, Doug (Jamie) Anderson, Sheryl (Jim) Bjork, and Kris (Chris) Finley; grandchildren Kielyn (Charley), Kenzie, and Tessa Anderson; Tucker (Alia), Taylor, and Kalli Anderson; Charlie and Billy Bjork; and AJ, Erik, and Meghan Finley; and special nieces and nephew Ione (Gary) McCarney and their children Melanie and Jenny; Dick (Suzanne) Erickson and their children Nikki and Buddy; and Sue (Bertram) Erickson.