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Laurine Anderson

Laurine Anderson

Feb. 13, 1921-Oct. 23, 2013

Laurine Schaefer Anderson, 92, of Frazee, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Frazee Care Center.

Laurine, the oldest daughter of Henrietta and August Schaefer, was born February 13, 1921 near Wilton, N.D. They moved by train to Frazee when she was very young. She attended Frazee schools until graduation in 1939. She then attended Moorhead Teachers College.

Laurine taught from 1941-47 in rural school and from 1965-90 in Frazee Elementary School. After retiring, she worked in the Release Time Program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Laurine married Benny Anderson in June 1944. They farmed near Frazee, where six children were born to them: Karen (John) Finnegan, Hawley, Linda (Allen) Johnson, Cherry Hill, N.J., Judy Anderson, West Fargo, Marian (Duane) Estenson, Detroit Lakes, Marvin (Vivian) Anderson, Frazee and Doris (Lance) Moen, Fargo.

She is survived by all six of her children; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and one brother, Dewayne.

Laurine's husband and the love of her life, Benny, was killed in a tragic accident in January 1970. Laurine missed him every day. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Urben and August, Jr.; and sister, Betty Kachel.

Laurine loved her years of teaching. She touched many lives in school and also as she helped with 4-H projects and Release Time. She enjoyed giving of her handwork. All of her children and grandchildren, as well as many others, have scarves, afghans and doilies she made. The thousands of plastic canvas crosses she made have been gifted to Release Time students, given locally and sent throughout the world with many missions.

Laurine always loved visiting with family and friends. These visits became even more precious as her physical limitations took her to the Frazee Care Center.

Her family is thankful for the loving care of staff at the Center, and the friends and family who enriched her life. We have confidence she is now with her beloved husband, but she will be deeply missed. Laurine's legacy and joy was her family.

Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee, with Reverend William Aufdenkamp officiating. Interment was in the Dretsch Cemetery, rural Frazee. Visitation and prayer services were held Sunday, Oct. 27 at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, and for one hour prior to Monday's services at the church.

Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit