Nancy Anderson


Nancy AndersonNancy Annette Anderson, age 78 of rural Westbrook, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Westbrook.  Memorial services will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, February 27 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lamberton with visitation one hour prior to services at the church.  Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery north of Walnut Grove at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Nancy was born on March 11, 1938 in Tracy, Minnesota to Russell and Ruth (Tellefsen) Harbo.  She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Nancy attended Walnut Grove High School and graduated in 1956.  On October 5, 1956, Nancy married Byron “Jake” Anderson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Together the couple lived in the Redwood area while she worked at Control Data and Zytec in Redwood Falls for many years.  Nancy was a very active member of her church.  She was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Nancy is survived by her husband Byron “Jake” Anderson of 60 years; children: Leslie Anderson of Maple Grove, MN, Gretchen (Robert) Strandell of Plymouth, MN, and Heather (Anthony) Vermeulen of Victoria, MN; grandchildren: Nicholas (Olga) Strandell of Park Ridge, IL, Alexander (fiancee’ Shanna) Strandell of Bozeman, MT, and Sarah Strandell of Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren: Ksenia Strandell, Mykhaylo Anderson Strandell, and Ava Hansen; sister Sonya Talus of Houston, TX; brother John (Carol) Harbo of Baton Rouge, LA; and many other relatives and friends.  Nancy is preceded in death by her parents and an infant son Timothy.


  1. Dahna Graham says

    Dear Jake and family,

    We treasure the memories of Nancy and assure you our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Blessings, Dahna and Larry Graham, Anchoraage Alaska

  2. Jerry & Heather Senger says

    This is such sad news. She was such a sweet lady and friend. Keeping the family in our prayers.
    Jerry & Heather Senger

  3. Peggy DeBates says

    Dear Jake and Family,
    It is with a sad heart, we hear the passing of such a great person and classmate. She will be remembered in our prayers.
    John and Peggy DeBates
    Sun Lakes, Az. Apple Valley, Mn

  4. Don & Eunice Fultz says

    Classmate (WGHS) Jake and the whole family,

    The news of Nancy’s death came as a real shock. We send our love, condolences, and prayers for the joy of eternal life which we all seek and cherish. We hope for this life to be sustained as long as possible, but are grateful that eternity is in God’s Hands and Care. Please receive our love and assurance of eternal life.

    We have enjoyed the relationship with Ed White for many years, knowing him from many years in Forest Lake where he worked for the Mattson Funeral Home. I (Don) was a pastor at Faith Lutheran there for twenty years (1980-2000). Since then, many Fultz family members from Tracy/Walnut Grove have been assisted by him.

    Peace & Blessings to you all,
    Don & Eunice Fultz (WGHS Class of ’56)

  5. Nancy Schultz says

    Jake and family

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy. Remembering when you both came to farm for my wedding. We had a great time so glad you both were there (even though it didn’t last) My prayers are with you at this time.

  6. Eunice Christensen says

    Both of my daughters had Nancy’s mom, Ruth Harbo, as their first grade teacher. I had the privilege of subbing for her many times. In later years, I think I met Nancy at Peterson Estates when we would attend Bone Builders class there. I was so surprised she was “Mrs. Harbo’s” daughter. After I got to know her, I could see the resemblance. They were both kind, caring, beautiful women. I am sure Nancy enriched the lives of everyone she knew. May you cherish your memories of happy times with Nancy.

  7. Jake, Gretchen, Bob and Other Cherished Family,
    Like you, we were so shocked and saddened to hear of Nancy’s death. Eric and I hope that you feel the thoughts and prayers that are being sent your way and that this somehow lightens the load of your grief. Mona, Eric Hohman

  8. Tracy and Lori Peterson says

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time.

  9. Janice Blomeke says

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Jake. May all your precious memories of Nancy ease your sadness

  10. Yolanda Pierson says


    My deepest condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Praying you’ll be comforted with precious memories and God’s presences to care for you all in your loss.

  11. Janet Costello says

    Gretchen and Bob, Dan and I are so sad about the loss of your Mom. We will be praying for you and your whole family in the days ahead. Love, Janet and Dan Costello

  12. Dear Jake,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will always treasure the warm greetings from Nancy when I would see you at WG events. Nancy has always been generous with her smiles and concern for others. May you be surrounded by the love of friends and God’s peace during this difficult time.
    Mary Tyler

  13. Paula Anderson says

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gretchen’s Mom. I didn’t know her personally, but can imagine she was a wonderful lady based on her lovely daughter and Grandchildren. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family in this time of need so that you know she was loved and you are loved. May God bless you all as you remember the loving memories you will always hold close in your heart. Take care of one another. Love, Archoe and Paula Anderson

  14. Gary/Mona Nelson says

    Jake and Family: Mona and I send our deepest sympathy to you, at this difficult time. We fondly recall the wonderful visits with you in Walnut Grove, over the years. Jake, take care of yourself and we hope to see you this summer in MN.
    With Love, Mona & Gary Nelson

  15. Mary Ann Strandell says

    I was thinking about your mother today Gretchen, and wanted to reach out to you and your family. Nancy was always
    so very kind and considerate, in the times I had a pleasure to be with you all. I still feel the sorrow and sadness of
    her passing. my thoughts and heart go out to Jake, and to your whole beautiful family.
    love and peace, Mary Ann Strandell

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