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Betty Anderson

d. February 20, 2016


4-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 24 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, and from 10-11 a.m., Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo, 810 Pearl St., Chippewa Falls

A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday evening at the funeral chapel


11 a.m., Thursday, February 25 at St. Charles Borromeo, 810 Pearl St., Chippewa Falls

Lunch will immediately follow the service and will be held at Notre Dame Cafeteria.

Betty Rose Anderson, 90, of Chippewa Falls, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family and while under the care of St. Joseph's Hospice.

She was born October 15, 1925 in Chippewa Falls to Mable (Blank) and Fred Zech. Betty first attended Klegas School in Lafayette, and later graduated from Chippewa Falls HS in 1943.

Betty married Herbert Anderson on January 5, 1946 at Notre Dame Catholic Church. She then traveled to Germany with her husband while he served in the armed forces, living and traveling in the historic Garmish-Kaufbeuren region, and there giving birth to her first daughter, Rose. She enjoyed her travels and experiences throughout Germany. Later she moved back to the Colfax/Albertville WI area and served as a train station operator, having the unique life experience living in small-town train depots. She later moved to town and lived in her home on the West Hill in Chippewa Falls. Herbert and Betty were married for 34 years.

Betty first worked in a history-making profession, as a telephone switchboard operator in Chippewa Falls. She later was employed at the Eau Claire Academy for 31 years as senior dietary specialist. Betty was an excellent cook and especially enjoyed making her Christmas dinners which she enjoyed with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting and fine-point crocheting, and was the world's expert at making exquisite Christmas angels and gorgeous colorful doilies. She enjoyed knitting socks, hats, mittens, and baby clothes per your custom order, and would duplicate any design just by looking at itfulfilling overnight requests for family and friends.

Betty enjoyed her travels throughout the U.S. with her family. Her highlights include vacationing in scenic Anchorage, Alaska, touring Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and visiting Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, Bronson, MO. Then every summer she would spend her weekends at Jellystone Waterpark Campground in Warrens. There in the company of family and friends, she enjoyed all the activities and nightly campfireswhile knitting and crocheting for her neighbors and friends.

If you ask any family member or friendthe most enjoyable times were just spent talking with Betty, and listening to her tell of her life experiences and past history events. No matter what your question, Betty would recall the event in detail and could answer your question about any subject.

She is survived by two sons and three daughters, Daniel of Chippewa Falls, Dale (Sue) of Eau Claire; Rose (Michael) Huber, Karen (Jenner) Chance, and Shirley Felmlee, all of Chippewa Falls; 15 grandchildren, Richard (Amber) Huber, Bill (Leanne) Huber, Michelle Herrmann, Melanie (Matt) Rowe, David (Jackie) Chance, Pam Chance, Brian Chance, Scott (Amy) Chance, Dennis (Jennifer) Sarauer, Angela (Chad) Overman, Bradley (Renta) Sarauer, Joseph, Eugene (Casey), Matthew (April), and Nate (Melissa) Anderson; 25 great-grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; three step great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (Jerry) Blodgett and Alma (Dick) Gunn; and a brother, Donald Zech.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert on March 18, 1979; her son, Robert Dale on December 5, 1955; brothers, Henry, Clifford, Carl and Robert Zech; and her sisters, Margaret and Winifred Zech, and Barbara Hunt.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 25 at St. Charles Borromeo in Chippewa Falls with Fr. Ed Shuttleworth officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Cooks Valley following the lunch at Notre Dame Cafeteria.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service Thursday at St. Charles. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral chapel.

Betty's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Leah and Cindy, nurses with St. Joseph's Hospice, for the exceptional care they provide for Betty in her final days.

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