Geraldine Magdalen Anderson, age 90, of Howard Lake, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. There will be visitation one hour before the service at the church.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Cokato and Howard Lake is serving the family.
Geraldine was born in Cold Spring, MN Aug. 17, 1928, to Otto Henry and Susannah (Schneider) Gutzke.
She grew up in Cold Spring to the age of 12, when her family moved to Howard Lake. She graduated from Howard Lake High School, and to this day, there are people who remember what a good cheerleader she was.
In 1950, Geraldine married Vergil Anderson. The couple made their home first in Howard Lake, and in 1957, moved to Minneapolis, where they raised their family.
After Vergil’s retirement, they spent time in Arizona and Nevada and did a lot of traveling by motor home.
Geraldine worked for many years at Minnesota Fabric in sales. She was also an accomplished seamstress and made over 300 quilts for the Children’s Hospital during their time in Nevada.
Geraldine also enjoyed dancing, and often went to dances with her brother, Don, when she was young.
She was a loving wife of 68 years to Vergil of Howard Lake, mother to sons, Larry of Apple Valley, Rob of Isanti, and David of Des Moines; and daughters, Patricia Iten of Bloomington, and Cassandra Formo of Brooklyn Park.
Geraldine also loved her 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Susannah Gutzke; sisters Mavis Yager, and Lorraine Zander; and brother Albert Gutzke.