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Jeanette Anderson

July 12, 1914-Dec. 26, 2008

Jeanette Anderson, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, December 26, 2008 at her daughter's home, under the care of hospice in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Jeanette was born the daughter of Haakon and Josephine (Langraff) Halvorson on July 12, 1914 in Cooperstown, N.D. She was raised and educated in Glenfield, N.D., graduating from Glenfield High School in 1931. As a young adult she ventured out on her own, moving to Fargo and later, Minneapolis, working as a waitress.

Jeanette married Harold O. Anderson on June 3, 1941 in Cheyenne, Wyo. Shortly after their marriage Harold entered the United States Army. After his discharge, they made their home in California for a few years, before moving back to Glenfield in 1948. They then moved to Fargo, and later back to California, before settling in Detroit Lakes in 1961. Jeanette worked as a pastry chef at the FM Motel, Greystone Hotel and the Erie Jr., until retiring at the age of 62.

During their retirement years, Jeanette and Harold spent as much time as they could with their daughters and grandchildren. They also enjoyed doing crafts together. Jeanette was known for her baking and made sure no family member left her home on an empty stomach.

Surviving Jeanette are her daughters, Jeannie Sprafka of Vadnais Heights and Janice (Dennis) Anderson of Vergas; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Manley (Delores) Halvorson of Port Orchard, Wash.; sister-in-law, Edna Marchand of Moorhead; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Jeanette in death were her parents; husband, Harold (2002); son-in-law, Charles Sprafka; three brothers, Ragnar, Johnny and Elvin; and three sisters, Clara, Hannah and Elsie.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to the start of services.

West-Kjos Funeral Home is providing arrangements for the family. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at