Janet Lucille Anderson of Cambridge, MN, formerly of Mora, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Walker Methodist Levande Senior Living. She was 85 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Monday, June 14th at 12:00 noon at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

MEMORIALS to Walker Methodist Levande, Guardian Angels Hospice and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Janet Lucille Anderson, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. She was 85 years old.

Jan was born September 21, 1935 in Braham, Minnesota to parents Herbert and Claribelle (Nebel) Carlson. Her family lived in Stanchfield until moving to Mora in 1946, where Jan lived for most of her life. She attended Mora High School and graduated in 1953. She then pursued additional schooling in the Twin Cities, attending Bethel College for one year and completing the secretarial program at the Minnesota School of Business. After returning to Mora, Jan held numerous secretarial positions, including property title and abstract work, until her retirement.

Jan met her husband, Melvin Anderson, while working at Blaw Knox in Mora. They were married on September 21, 1957 at Emmanuel Baptist Church and were married for 61 years. Mel and Jan had two daughters, Teresa and Karin. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought much joy to her life.

Jan was a dedicated Christian. She was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church from the time her family moved to Mora until her death, including teaching in Sunday School, serving on church boards and committees, and leading Bible studies. She most enjoyed serving others through generous hospitality. Jan loved planning and hosting gatherings of friends and family, and had a special ability to create a fun and welcoming environment. She formed many friendships that lasted for decades.

Jan and Mel enjoyed traveling, covering thousands of miles in their camper and joining several international group tours. Jan enjoyed her Swedish heritage and therefore was especially glad to be able to visit Sweden and Norway. While visiting Mexico in 2006, Jan and Mel were involved in a tour bus accident that left Jan with severe injuries that affected her until her death. Jan credited the nearness of God and the support of friends and family for carrying her through this life-altering experience.

In 2018, Jan and Mel moved to Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. Ever the social butterfly, Jan formed many new and meaningful friendships with neighbors and staff. She eagerly participated in the many activities offered in her new community, including creating hundreds of handmade cards for residents to use.

Faith, family, and friends were foremost in Jan’s life. She lived her life trusting God’s goodness and showing his love to those she encountered. She will be fondly remembered for her style, spunk, and tenacity.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin, and nephew Steven Joel Carlson.

She is survived by her children, Teresa (Stephen) Brown and Karin (Robert) Goebel; grandchildren, Jessica (Joel) Edwall, Allison (Omar) Flores Goebel, Stephanie (Tony) Blankers, Laura Goebel, and Kurt Brown; great-grandchildren, Melvin Blankers and Georgia Edwall; brother, Joe (Gert) Carlson; niece, Amy (Jami) Castle; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and beloved friends.

12 thoughts on “JANET “JAN” ANDERSON”

  1. We are so sorry to find out about Jan’s passing. She was really a great lady, we enjoyed talking with her about antiques. Mel and Jan sold us our first home (a mobile home) 53 years ago! She always had a smile and will certainly be missed.

  2. So very sorry to learn of Jan’s passing… a woman with a warm heart and a big smile! Go in peace, Jan, and claim your reward! God’s peace to the family!

  3. So sorry to hear of Jans passing. Am truly blessed to have known such a wonderful lady. Had great times with her and Dorothy at FHA. I know how much she loved you all. She is with the Lord and your dad now. God be with you all.

  4. So sorry to hear about Jan, I worked with her at the courthouse when she was abstracting. She was a wonderful lady. She loved her daughters and grandchildren with all her heart.

  5. We are sorry to hear of Jan’s passing but rejoice she is with Jesus! Reading her obituary really does tell you a lot about Jan and how she served so willingly. She was always encouraging to those around her and even though the bad injuries she kept her faith. Sending prayers and love to all the family.
    Dave and Jill Sawyer

  6. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, grandmother & great grandmother. She was a great neighbor in Mora & Cambridge. I enjoyed coffee & visiting with her at Walker.

  7. So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing away. Condolences to her family.
    We remember Jan well as the Gordon and Virginia Erickson family(Gary, Joanne, Bud) grew up with Jan in Mora MN at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
    Gary and Jeanne Gilbertson Erickson

  8. We are very sorry for your loss. Reading what is written, I see that she have had a life that exudes the fragrance of Christ. Glory to God for it. We send a hug to all the family and friends. We pray for peace and comfort.

  9. So sorry to hear about your loss. I spent so much time in your home growing up and have such great memories. Hugs to you all and comfort during this time.

    Sharon Johnson

  10. Terri, Karen and families, celebrating with you that your Mom is heaven with Jesus. She has been reunited with your Dad, her parents and my Mom and Dad. They will be having a great time.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I just read it on Facebook.. I just said to my brother that we need to get up to Cambridge and Mora to visits old friends.

    I have so many fun memories of your Mom in her striped pajammas.

    Love you both, Deb

  11. We are so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing; she was my mom’s (Janice Sparks) neighbor and valued friend at Levande. Janice feels blessed and honored to have had Jan in her life for the last two years; she was caring, generous, and fun to be with. Her cards have become keepsakes that will remind us of her friendship.
    Thoughts and prayers to your families.

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