Carol Anderson, age 79, of Buffalo Lake, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake, with interment in Clear Lake Methodist Cemetery (Swedish M.E. Cemetery), Cornish Township, Sibley County. The Rev. Dmitry Isakovsky officiated.
Carol Ann (Strom) Anderson was born on November 12, 1929, in New Ulm. She was the daughter of Carl and Fern (Phillips) Strom. Carol was baptized as an infant on September 13, 1930, in Severance Township, Sibley County, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 3, 1942, at Lafayette Methodist Church in Lafayette. She was a graduate of the Gibbon High School. Carol went on to further her education at Hamline University in St. Paul. She received her Masters Degree in Education at Mankato State University in Mankato.
For more than 25 years, Carol was a math teacher for the Buffalo Lake-Hector, Fairfax, and Glencoe School Districts. As coach of the Buffalo Lake-Hector math team, Carol led her students in The Minnesota State High School Mathematics League. In 1986 and 1987, her students won the Prairie Division, earning an entry in the state meet. She retired in 1991.
After retirement, she focused on her lifelong hobby of sewing. Her mother taught her to sew when she was five years old and she sewed the rest of her life on a Singer treadle machine. Her creations matched those made by skilled professionals. She made clothes for friends and family and her tremendous talent allowed her to create delightful toys, dolls and unique teddy bears. Her grandchildren benefited from her sewing skills when they each received one-of-a-kind quilts when they were born. She also liked to knit and made handmade sweaters.
Carol’s love of dolls took her to auctions and doll shows throughout southern Minnesota. Her collection of antique dolls was significant and she continued learning about the hobby of doll collecting throughout her life, developing a great deal of expertise.
Maintaining lifelong friendships was important to Carol. She enjoyed playing bridge with several groups throughout the years and was always pleased when she got “good cards.”
Despite her many talents and accomplishments, Carol was most proud of her role as mother. She created a loving, stable home for her sons and was blessed to watch them grow into accomplished men with families of their own. Her role of mother allowed her to travel to California often, where she visited the beautiful beaches and sites of San Diego.
She loved spending time with her family. Her sons and their families were drawn to her warm, loving home for numerous holidays and especially Christmas where she would welcome her grandkids with their favorite Christmas cookies and comfort food.
She shined as a grandmother and relished hearing everything about her grandchildren’s antics. She continued to use her teaching ability to promote good math skills in her grandchildren with puzzles and card games that she patiently played with them at her kitchen table.
Carol’s legacy of a life lived with honesty, integrity and loyalty will continue through her family.
Carol is survived by her sons, Joel Anderson and his wife, Ceci of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Paul Anderson and his wife, Sue of St. Louis Park; grandchildren, Ben Anderson, Sam Anderson, and Jane Anderson.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Fern Strom.