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Vivian Wandersee

Vivian Wandersee

Feb. 12, 1916-Jan. 8, 2014

Former Audubon resident Vivian I. Wandersee, 97, of Detroit Lakes, died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.

Vivian Swenson was born to Swen and Lieschen (Schlenner) Swenson on February 12, 1916 in Wood Lake, Minn. She grew up and attended school in Lake Park, graduating from Lake Park High School. She continued farming with her uncle Al west of Lake Park until she married Edwin A. Wandersee on August 16, 1945.

Edwin and Vivian farmed north of Audubon. Edwin died on May 1, 1994, and Vivian moved to an apartment in Audubon, while continuing to take care of the farm.

Vivian was active in Ladies Aid (church circles) at Saron Lutheran Church and then First Lutheran Church in Audubon, where she also taught Sunday school. She moved to Detroit Lakes in February of 2011.

Surviving Vivian are her son, Dale (Sheila) Wandersee of Rosemount, Minn.; five grandchildren, Rachel (Dane) Ronning, Sarah Wandersee, Jonathan (Kari) Wandersee, Nisha Wandersee and Karisa Wandersee; four great grandchildren, Conner, Leo, Seth and Nathan; and a daughter-in-law, Claire Sobon Wandersee.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, son Robert and sister, Iona Larson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, with a 6 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home in Lake Park.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in First Lutheran Church, Audubon, with interment at Hamden Cemetery, rural Audubon.

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