Judith Ann (Thorson) Anderson, 79, of Pender, NE, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at her home in Pender. Funeral services will be Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender, NE; Pastor Miles Ruch is officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Burial will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pender. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender is in charge of arrangements.
Judy was born October 6, 1935 to Edwin B. and Ruth M. (Olson) Thorson in Elk Point, SD. She attended and graduated from Elk Point High School. Judy married Billy Anderson in Elk Point on March 2, 1958. The couple had five children. The family moved to Pender in 1961. Judy was a dedicated farm wife and mother for several years. Her family moved to town in 1984, where she cooked at the nursing home until her retirement. She spent her retirement babysitting her grandchildren, and later on attending as many of their activities as possible.
Judy was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Martha Circle. She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, playing cards, watching soaps and movies, and her cat, “Fluffy.” Above all things, she loved spending time with her family.
Judy is survived by her sons, David (Jill) Anderson, of Pender, NE, Mark (Denise) Anderson of Pender, NE, Dale (Kathy) Anderson of Johnston, IA; daughters, Kelli Penning (Rick Dyer)of Algona, IA, Nicole (John) Sachs of Bancroft, NE; sister, Betty Thorson of San Fernando, CA; and 13 grandchildren, Shelby Anderson of Pender, NE, Ashley (Amy) Ostdiek of Henderson, CO, Raegan Anderson of Pender, NE, Kamryn Anderson of Pender, NE, Dawson Anderson, of Pender, NE, Amber Welle of Algona, IA, Levi Penning of Algona, IA, Nyx Penning of Wesley, IA, Joe Penning of Algona, IA, Erin Anderson of Johnston, IA, Nathan Anderson of Johnston, IA, Lauren Zuhlke of Bancroft, NE, and Jacob Zuhlke of Bancroft, NE
She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy; parents Ed and Ruth; brother, Nordeen Thorson; sisters, Joyce Thorson and Bonnie Thorson, son-in-law Curt Zuhlke, and father and mother-in-law, Wilbur and Lucile Anderson.