Verdene M. Anderson, 71
Buffalo Center, Iowa — Verdene M. Anderson, of Buffalo Center, Iowa, died Saturday, July 16, 2011 at United Hospital District Hospital in Blue Earth, at the age of 71.
A Memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center. An immediate burial took place at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Lakota, Iowa, on Sunday, July 17, 2011.
Verdene was born Feb. 11, 1940, to Charlie and Alta (Nutt) Stroebel, on a farm southwest of Titonka, Iowa. Verdene attended the Titonka School District until fourth grade. At that time her parents moved to Lakota to farm the Stroebel family farm. Moving to Lakota brought a new school, church and friends. Verdene was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran in 1953. She attended high school in Lakota and graduated in 1957.
On July 26, 1957, on her parents wedding anniversary she married Robert D. Anderson, son of Harold and Mildred Anderson of Swea City, Iowa.
In 1968, Verdene ran for a position on the Kossuth County Board of Education, which was in charge of special needs for children. She served on this board until 1973 when she decided she needed more time to attend college. She graduated with her AA Degree in 1972 from Iowa Lakes, Estherville, Iowa. She then attended Mankato State in Mankato, graduating in the spring of 1974. She began a long term substitute job in Algona, Iowa, that spring. In the fall of 1974, she started teaching special education in Lakota. In the fall of 1978 she started teaching special education for Blue Earth Public Schools. In July of 1982 she received her Master’s Degree in special education from Mankato State University. She continued to teach special education until 1990 when she started the Alternative school for Blue Earth. She taught until 1998 at which time she retired. Verdene loved teaching and her only goal was to make a difference in the lives of the children she worked with.
Verdene is survived by her husband, Robert, of Buffalo Center. They were blessed with four children — one son, James (Rhonda) Anderson, of Blue Earth; three daughters, Janet (Paul) Jutting, of Buffalo Center, Julie (Dean) Balvance, of Buffalo Center, and Jill (Joe) Sanders, of Tofte. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by three sisters, Mildred Spear, of Algona, Elsie (Paul) Koppen, of Lakota, and Darlene (Maurice) Blome, of Ferryville, Wis; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and other relatives.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.