1921-2012

Leona Marie Anderson, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Park View Assisted Living in Coon Rapids.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids, with the Rev. Lynn Gunderson presiding.

Casket bearers will be Doug Zimmerman, Scott Lloyd, Dan Handlos, Adam Handlos, John Grettenberg and Jim Zimmerman. Honorary casket bearers will be Dean Lloyd, George Ott, Taylor GoUghnour, Cole Goughnour and Megan Goughnour. Music will be by organist Lula Garnets and vocalist Cindy Seastrom.

Burial will be at Carrollton Cemetery, northwest of Coon Rapids.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids.

Leona Marie, daughter of Fred and Sophia (Lux) Ott, was born Aug. 10, 1921, at Glidden. After a short time the family moved to a farm seven miles north of Glidden and then a year later moved to the Oak Hill area northwest of Coon Rapids. Leona started her schooling in a rural school near their farm. In 1929 they moved to Lake City where Leona graduated from high school in 1935.

While attending one of the many dances in the area, Leona met Don Anderson. They were married in 1945. Eventually Don started the Anderson Insurance Company in Coon Rapids where the couple had settled. Leona and Don were blessed with the addition of 5-year-old Robert Eugene “Bobby” to their family in 1958.

The family enjoyed going to dances and card parties with friends. After Don’s death in 1967, Leona operated the insurance business for a time before selling to Bruce Annear. She worked for Bruce for a time and then worked for an insurance business in Perry. She returned to work in Coon Rapids at First Federal Savings and Loan before her retirement.

Leona was a member of First United Methodist Church, UMW, Apple Dumpling Gang and the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed participating in activities of the Old Carrollton Heritage Club. Over the years, Leona traveled all over the world with friends. In her spare time she crocheted, volunteered at congregate meals, read, worked crossword puzzles, watched and fed birds, and enjoyed the outdoors, especially watching mallard ducks.

When she was no longer able to live alone, Leona moved to Park View Assisted Living in Coon Rapids.

Leona is survived by her son Robert Anderson and wife Carlette of Coon Rapids; granddaughter Nikki and husband Jay Goughnour of Jefferson; three great-grandchildren Taylor, Cole and Megan Goughnour; brother George Ott of Fort Dodge; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; two brothers, Clarence Ott and Carl Ott; and six sisters, Della Phillips, Hazel Roden, Hilda McClintock, Alice Zimmerman, Emma Montgomery and Esther Zimmerman.