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Pearl Anderson, 95

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Pearl Anderson, 95, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Christian Community Home in Hudson.

Pearl Louise (Nord) Anderson was born on Jan. 16, 1913, the eighth child born to Mary and Fred Nord and the first of the Nord children to be born on the Nord farm on the Willow River just northeast of Hudson.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents; brothers, Hugo, Mark, Alton and Eugene; sisters, Vendla (died in infancy), Luella, Vendla and Marie.

She is survived by her children, Naomi (Ron) Willie, Toni (Joe) Halverson, Cheryl (Jim) McGlade and Scott (Kathy) Anderson; grandchildren, Dan Willie, Brad (Lisa) Willie, Vicki (John) Kolasa, Kimberly (Mike) Webb, Kyle (Leah) McGlade, Rob (Shelly) McGlade, Andee (Mark) Richert, Amy (Jer) Balfanz, Jon Anderson, Jason Anderson and David Halverson; and many great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister, Elva Dahlby, and brother, Lloyd (Edith) Nord.

On Aug. 21, 1935, she was married to Bob Anderson of Hudson, a marriage that spanned nearly 60 years. She and Bob loved to fish, and the sunfish weren't safe when they were on the lake. Many good family memories were made boating on the St. Croix River on hot summer evenings and weekends. They did many road trips to the North Shore, Ozarks and out West, especially the Grand Tetons, but Bob was always happiest when the car was headed home!

Among the memories we have of Mom was that she was a letter writer extraordinaire, writing to relatives and shut-ins. Most times the letters were five to six pages long and written in her beautiful handwriting. Her children received their berry picking prowess from her, but she has taken the location of her secret berry patch with her; sorry, Elva! Along with the jams and jellies she made with the hard-earned berries, many jars of preserves, relishes and sauces were always ready for when the "snow flew."

Another one of her pastimes was making beautiful dried flower arrangements and pictures, the talent of which was definitely not passed along to her children! The apple not only fell far from the tree, but also rolled down the hill and across the ravine!

In recent years, she drove almost daily to the Willow River State Park to feed corn to the deer -- some deer would actually come running when they saw her car. She will be missed!!

A Celebration of Life for Pearl is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.

Burial will be in the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson with her grandsons serving as casketbearers. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at O'Connell's on Thursday. Memorials are preferred.

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