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Loretta Jane (Foss) ANDERSON


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 11/27/2020 at 14:44:44

February 19, 1938 --- November 22 2020

Loretta J. Anderson, 82, of Alexander, Iowa, died at her home in Alexander, IA. Public funeral services will be on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2 PM at the Andrews Funeral Home, 516 1st St. S.E., Belmond. Public visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the time of the funeral services. Burial will be in the Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell. Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, IA. Please wear a mask for the visitation and service. The family suggest those wishing to share an expression of sympathy in Loretta's memory consider memorials to the Alexander Library, the donor's choice, or to the family for them to make further designations in her honor.

Loretta Jane Foss, the daughter of Roy and Johanna ( Albers) Foss, was born February 19, 1938, at Mason City, IA. Loretta was raised in the Klemme/Goodell areas. She was baptized and confirmed in her youth in the Klemme Reformed Church. Loretta attended Goodell Community schools through her junior year and graduated from Belmond High School. During her school years she had been active in 4-H and played basketball. Following her high school graduation Loretta attended La James Cosmetology College in Mason City and following her training there commenced a career as a beautician of more than 50 years.

Loretta was united in marriage to Harlan Elmer Anderson on November 18, 1961, at Miami, Oklahoma. The couple later settled in Goodell, Iowa, where they were blessed with two daughters. Brenda and Beth, and a son Brian, who passed away age the age of two.

After settling in Alexander, IA, Loretta operated her salon out of her own home for many, many years. She also did hair from countless residents of the Belmond Health Care Center (today's Rehabilitation Center of Belmond) for nearly 40 years.

Loretta and Harlan enjoyed taking their girls and the grandkids in later years on camping trips around the region. Favorite camping places included Cutty's in Okoboji and Des Moines, Iowa. Often times longer trips included visiting relatives and Harlan's Army buddies along the way and at their destinations. Several family vacations across the United States. The grandkids looked forward to going to Harlan and Loretta's in the summer time. They loved times on the farm and hanging out with grandma and grandpa no matter what the occasion.

Loretta and Harlan looked forward to dancing excursions in their younger years. Loretta, Harlan and the rest of the family shared a passion for going to the Chuckwagon Races in Nashua and other places. She loved to go to thrift shops and auctions. Loretta was always in search of items to add to her wide array of knick-knacks. She was an avid jewelry fan. Loretta was a very active bowler over they years and had been on various area ladies' bowing leagues and teams. Following Harlan's passing in 2003, Loretta continued her hairstyling work and found many other past times as well. She looked forward to helping out with the UMCW Church Ladies' and the various events and activities at the Alexander Untied Methodist Church before it's closing. She looked forward to Senior Bus Trips to a variety of places including Christmas Treks to Branson. Loretta was very social and loved a good conversation and one might often find her at the Alexander Library drinking coffee with friends or a Donna's in Meservey. Loretta also looked forward to enjoyed to solitude and relaxation times spent with a good book or working puzzles.

She was a lady who was small in stature, but big in her heart and love for her family. She loved her daughters, grandkids and great grandkids. She valued her independence, was a bit feisty and had a love for others.

Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her daughters Brenda (Bill) Dunbar, Plymouth, IA, and Beth (Mike) Eddy, Coulter, IA; her grandchildren: Kellie Ferden, and her children Sylas and Myla, Manly, IA, Kory Ferden (Paige Berensten), Plymouth, IA, Travis Dunbar (Heidi Hanson and her daughter Aliza Estle, Mason City, IA, Matthew Eddy (Leah Willemsen), Coulter, IA, and Brielle Eddy (Blake Stoner) Hudson, IA, also 3 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law, nieces and nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harlan, and son Brian IN 1966, 2 brother-in-laws along with other family members.

Andrews Funeral Home --- Belmond, Iowa


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