Lydia Andersen, daughter of Theodore and Anna (Kyhnn) Vorm was born in rural Audubon County on June 11, 1919, and died at the Crowell Memorial Home in Blair, Nebraska, on October 12, 2020 at the age of 101 years, 4 months and 1 day.
Lydia was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith, and attended Audubon country schools. After school, she went to work for various families as a live-in housekeeper. She met Albert Anderson through friends, and their first date was a barn dance. They were married on February 25, 1939 at the church parsonage in Clarion, Iowa. They were blessed with two children: Ronald and Carol.
They farmed in Hamlin and Sharon Townships until they purchased their farm southeast of Elk Horn, Iowa. Lydia worked very hard helping Albert around the farm doing whatever was needed. During this time, Lydia also worked at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn for several years. They continued farming until they retired.
Lydia and Albert were very active members of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Kimballton where they were Luther League sponsors. They always participated in coffee and sandwiches after church, and sometimes let their prank-loving side come out. A few favorites included planting plastic spiders in the sandwiches or nestling a layer of wax paper in between the meat and cheese. She also took part in the quilting circle in the church basement. Lydia did a lot of crocheting, making afghans for most members of her family. They were both involved with 4-H.
Together, Lydia and Albert loved going dancing where they would visit area nursing homes, dancing the polka, and always the chicken dance, where Lydia would “lay” a wooden egg much to everyone’s delight. They hosted many parties on their farm.
Albert died on March 3, 1999 and Lydia continued living on the farm until 2011 when she moved to Blair, Nebraska.
Preceding Lydia in death were her husband, Albert Andersen; her parents; her siblings: Leonard and wife, Vera Vorm, Leslie and wife, Lorene Vorm, and Leanna and husband, Delbert Killen; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Anders H. and wife, Kristine Andersen; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Egidia and husband, Emmert Andersen and Franklin and wife, Margaret Andersen.
Survivors include her children, Ronald and wife, Charlotte, and Carol and husband, Keith; her grandchildren: Kristin; Kent; Troy and wife, Tatum; and Nicole and husband, Daryn; her great-grandchildren: Brandon and wife, Rachel; Devon and husband, Nathan; Cheyenne and husband, Dylan; Kyle; Lydia, Abigail, Isabelle; and Morrigan, Fionn, and Freyja; and her great-great-grandchildren: Addison, Rudy, and Oliver; Reagan and Georgia; and Wesley; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in northeast of Kimballton, Iowa. The family will greet friends Saturday afternoon from 1:00 until the time of the service at Bethany Lutheran Church northeast of Kimballton. Interment will be in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery. Lydia’s great-grandson, Brandon will be officiating the graveside service.
The family request memorials designated to Bethany Lutheran Church (RR1, Kimballton, Iowa 51543).
Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon is in charge of her arrangements.
Albert Josef Andersen
1916–1999 (m. 1939)
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