Lila Anderson

Lila Blanche Anderson

Thursday, August 11th, 1921 - Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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Lila arrived on August 11, 1921, the youngest of two boys and two girls born to J. Aaron and Bertha (Johnson) Anderson. She grew up on farms in Skandia and Ellsborough Townships, Minnesota, in a loving family where she became a faithful servant of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lila was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, which was built on her grandparent’s farm.
She attended District #8 country school through sixth grade; graduated from Balaton High School in 1939; attended Mankato Teachers’ College for the required two years, and taught in rural schools for three years, and one year in Tyler, MN. After graduating from LBI in Minneapolis in 1949 and working as a parish worker in her own parish for one and one half years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato, she received a call from the Board of Foreign Missions of the ELC to serve as a missionary primary school teacher under the ELC in Madagascar for a term of seven years from 1951-1958.
Lila accepted the call and sailed from New York on the Queen Mary in 1951 for a year in Paris for language study. She also attended the Lutheran World Federation in Hannover, Germany in 1952 on her way to Madagascar for six years to teach primary school to the Malagasy children. Her home would be considered primitive as it had no running water, and electricity was produced by a small generator. At this time, the Balaton Press Tribune printed regular reports of her experiences titled, “Lila’s Letters.”
On her way home in 1958, she attended the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium. During these seven years, her only contact with her family and friends back home was through letters and a large, clumsy tape recorder with big reels. There were no furloughs, no telephones, no e-mails and no videos.
Lila taught second grade in Worthington Public School for 24 years until 1983, and earned her B.S. Degree from Mankato State University in 1965.
She was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church until it closed in May of 1991. She then joined the Trinity Lutheran Church where she continued being active in the Church WELCA, Circle and tying quilts, and attending Bible Studies.
In 1964, Alice and Lila, together with their parents, moved into Balaton. The sisters enjoyed traveling with tour groups to Alaska, Canada, Norway, Sweden, London, Hawaii, and several places in the United States.
Lila enjoyed gardening, all kinds of crafts, playing various types of games, working cross-word puzzles, Cryptoquip’s, taking sunset pictures and reading.
She served as Counselor for Green Lake and Shetek Bible Camps for many years. In 1998, Alice and Lila moved into a duplex in Balaton and in 2004, she moved into the Lakeview Senior Housing in Balaton to be near her sister at the Colonial Manor. In June, 2019, she moved to the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Lila: Good and faithful servant of her Lord, farm girl, gardener, teacher, missionary, world traveler, music lover, Bible Scholar, generous friend, quilter, crafter, avid reader, amateur photographer, poet and blessing.
Lila died on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at the Sunrise Manor in Tyler. She is survived by six nieces, three nephews, several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and their wives, Donald and Francis Anderson and Gordon and Marjorie Anderson, sister Alice Anderson and niece Joyce (Anderson) Tripmaker
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 31st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, August 31st, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church - Balaton
    500 Summit Ave
    Balaton, Minnesota 56115
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  • Service

    Monday, August 31st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, August 31st, 2020 2:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church - Balaton
    500 Summit Ave
    Balaton, Minnesota 56115
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  • Interment

    Zion Lutheran Cemetery


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Meredith (Anderson) Kulisheck

Posted at 12:01pm
Lila was my father's (Donald's) younger sister. After our son moved to Colorado, my husband and I would visit Alice and Lila and then just Lila on our trips to see our son and his family. It was always fun to talk with her - about family and friends and about politics! She was always glad to see us. And she was happy to see many others. It was on visits to see Lila that I reconnected with family and family friends I hadn't seen in many years. She attracted us all by her good nature and friendliness! We will miss her!

Corinne (Anderson) Mueller

Posted at 02:29pm
Lila was my father’s (Donald) youngest sister. She was a very remarkable woman! She was kind, thoughtful, and caring. I don’t think she ever said anything bad about, or argued with anybody, as she loved all of us. I was always impressed by her service as a missionary in Madagascar for seven years. I couldn’t imagine being away from family and friends for so long, at her young age, and with very limited contact with the outside world. But she was dedicated to the mission of her church then, and for her entire life. Although I was not able to visit her often in recent years, she remained in my heart as the wonderful woman she was. Thank you to all who were able to be with her and care for her as she lost her independence.

Corliss Bertrand

Posted at 02:20pm
Lila was my aunt, my dad Donald's sister, and I always enjoyed spending time with her as she was so interesting to talk with. I tried to get out to see her when I could and she enjoyed seeing my children and grandchildren too, even remembering all their names. I will miss those visits and am sorry I wasn't able to visit in 2020 due to the Covid-19 situation. Lila was a fun person, keeping up on all the news and events in the world, and after visiting her, I was always amazed at her opinions on every subject. I am so sad to see her go, but I know she is at peace now.

Corliss Bertrand
Mankato, MN

Janice Bornitz

Posted at 01:55pm
Our sympathy to Lila's extended family and friends. If we weren't going to be out of the area, we'd definitely be at her funeral as she's been a special friend to us for almost 50 years. The past number of years has had me bring in a variety of homemade raisin oatmeal cookies each time I'd see her as she'd once told me that was her favorite kind and she missed being able to have the homemade ones. I think of all the little preemie caps she crocheted for the hospital and some of the other little outfits for special friends babies--beautiful, detailed work! No one could rival Lila on her involvement in keeping up with politics and the news. This COVID time's been hard when not being allowed to even visit her or bring her something to the door. We'll dearly miss her, but I bet she's already joined her sister and family which would be a blessing to her.

Lon Kightlinger

Posted at 09:10pm
Lila’s family and friends recently donated funds to help build a new Lutheran Church in rural Moramanga, Madagascar. We thank God for Lila’s missionary teacher service in Madagascar so many years ago. Lon Kightlinger

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