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Arlene Vander Vegt, of Cambridge, formerly of Mora, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at GracePointe Crossing West in Cambridge.  She was 95 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the North Isanti Baptist Church.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the Church.

INTERMENT will be at the North Isanti Baptist Cemetery in Isanti.

Arlene (Cook Anderson) Vander Vegt, died on Thursday Sept 7, 2017 at GracePointe Gables West in Cambridge, MN.  She was 95 years old. 

Arlene was born to Russell and Esther (Palmer) Cook in Cheyenne, WY on December 18, 1921, the oldest of 4 children.  The Cook family moved to Minneapolis in 1933 seeking medical care for Arlene’s brother who had contracted polio.  She graduated at Columbia Heights High School in January 1941 and was a graduate of the Christian Workers Course at Bethel College in 1942.  She married Rev. Elwood D Anderson of West Pointe, NE in 1945.    Arlene and Elwood had three children.

Arlene served faithfully alongside her husband in pastoring 9 churches throughout the US.  She taught Sunday School, played organ, and served in every way a pastors wife can serve.  She loved God’s work and God’s people wherever she found them.  She was known for her servant spirit and her vibrant love for the Lord.  After Elwood’s passing in 1991, she married Andrew Vander Vegt from Mora in 1996.  They caringly served each other during years of declining health until Andy’s death in 2009.  Arlene had been a resident of GracePointe in Cambridge since 2012.  

Arlene worked as bookkeeper, teller and personal banker; with several banks, and savings and loan associations.  She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteered often at GracePointe.  She was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist in Mora and North Isanti Baptist in Cambridge.

Arlene is survived by her daughter Sheryl (Jack) Olson; sons, Steven (Harriet) Anderson and Ronald (Clarice “Sunny”) Anderson; step-children, David (Sherrie) Vander Vegt, Stanley (Mely) Vander Vegt, and Jerry (Susan) Vander Vegt; sister Ruth Ann Olson; sister-in-law Arlene Cook; 8 grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

9 thoughts on “ARLENE VANDER VEGT”

  1. Spending my sister’s last Tuesday with her in the afternoon was quite a God-gift to us both. Even though she was in a deep sleep due to medicine because of a fall she had had and was snoring alot, she knew I was there. She tried opening her eyes with raising her eyebrows when I saw that buildup of fluid was like glue keeping her eyes shut. She was trying to talk. I wiped her eyes and realized the sun was coming in very bright, so closed the curtain. As I turned around and looked at her, she murmered what I recognized as ‘thanks’ and her eyes were barely open but just enough to see who I was and as I walked the couple of steps back to her bed, rubbed her forehead and hair away from her face, told her I loved her and thanked her for being my sister, her eyes followed me and I heard the agreeing “uh, huh”. Even though we were 17 years apart in age, we were close sisters. I am very grateful she was in my life even though the life of a pastors wife kept her in other areas of the country and we didn’t see each other much. So grateful.

  2. My sincere sympathy to you all. i have so many great memories of the “Anderson” family, especially during the “Yankton” years, and after. Arline was such a gracious lady, always willing to do her part to show her love for her Lord. She will be missed greatly. Much love, Marilyn Jensen

  3. I started my banking career at Landmark Bank where Arlene was our Personal Banker. I enjoyed working with her and also following her wonderful example of how to treat your customers. I am pretty sure if you look up customer service in the dictionary, Arlene’s picture is there! I feel very blessed to have known her. My condolences to your entire family.

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