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Helen Anderson




Helen Anderson, 93, went peacefully to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday evening, March 28, 2020. She had been residing at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will held at a later date at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vinton. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton.

Helen was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Chicago, Ill. She was the only child of Edwin and Aurita Rosain. Helen grew up in Chicago and had a lifelong love of animals. She loved to tell stories of the pets she had living in the city. She was a very good student and told of skipping two grades. She graduated from the Dutch Reformed High School at the age of 16. There was a Coe College recruiter at her school and she and her parents decided that she would go to Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She joined the Chi Omega sorority and was the zoology lab assistant when Paul Anderson returned from the war as a cadet in the Army Air Corps. They eloped in May 1947, the weekend before her graduation. She and Paul moved to Vinton and she got a job at the old Virginia Gay Hospital as their lab and X-ray supervisor. She and Paul had three children. She taught high school biology and anatomy and physiology for 21 years. She loved her students and she loved teaching. She was a wonderful seamstress, making all of Karen and Judy's clothes as well as clothes for their dolls. She had a huge garden every year and canned vegetables and was a great cook. She loved being in Iowa and her dream was to be on a farm in the country. She and Paul built a house in the country and did get a farm that their son Steve farmed. They also raised Belgian draft horses and she delighted in caring for them. They joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1947 and were very active members. Helen dressed up in a Scandinavian outfit every fall for the annual smorgasbord at the church. She took great pride in being the head of the Altar Guild.

Paul and Helen loved to square dance when they were a young couple and they spent many nights dancing the night away with their friends. Helen learned to swim after her children were born. She went through the Red Cross program and became a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and the head of the Red Cross program for years. Helen loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Helen is survived by daughters, Karen (Mike) Barnotes of Cedar Rapids and Judy Tooley of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Casey (Lindsay) Prince of Cedar Rapids, Jacob (Beth) Anderson of Vinton, Salim Abed of Arvada, Colo., and Jackie (Carly) Anderson of Coralville; and great-grandchildren, Shae Rich, Eloise and Phoebe Prince, Caroline, William and baby boy Anderson due in July.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 2013; and son, Steven, in 2018.

The family wishes to extend a thank-you to the entire staff at Living Center West for the wonderful care they provided for Mom.

Memorials will be directed to the Better Together Animal Rescue Inc. in Vinton and the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for Helen and her family. Condolences may be left at www.vsrfh.com.

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