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Barbara J. (Canton) Andersen

August 10, 1931 ~ October 3, 2020 (age 89)


Barbara Jeanne Andersen (nee Canton), 89, passed peacefully on October 3, 2020, at the Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Barb was born on August 10, 1931, in Watson, Minnesota. She graduated from Montevideo High School and Macalester College and taught school in Portland, Oregon before moving back to Minnesota to teach in Bloomington. Barb met her husband, Herb, in high school and they united in marriage on August 28,1955. They moved to Albert Lea in 1965 and were partners in life and in business. 

A woman of faith, Barb was a long time member of First Lutheran Church and loved welcoming new members to the congregation. She volunteered her time and talents wherever needed and was a long standing member of BK PEO and Circle. 

Barb made family holidays and gatherings special.  At Christmas, she included Norwegian traditions of lefsa, krumkake, fattigmann, sandbakkels and rosettes (no lutefisk).  Most of all, we'll miss her in the role of Mom and Grammy.

Barb is survived by son Tom (Sherri), of Alexandria, VA; daughter Julie, of Minnetonka; and four loving grandkids: Alexa, of St Paul; Thomas, of Raleigh; Daniel, of Chicago; and Megan, of Minneapolis.  She is preceded in death by husband Herb, and brother, Lyle Canton.

A visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00pm on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Bonnerup Funeral Service.  Memorial services will take place at 11:00am on Monday, October 12, 2020 at First Lutheran Church with Pastor John Holt officiating, and will be live streamed online through Barb’s obituary page on  Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea, MN. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Thorne Crest, St Croix Hospice, and dear Gloria for their loving care.

Memorials may be directed to The Salvation Army or First Lutheran Church Music Ministry.

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October 11, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bonnerup Funeral Service
2210 E Main St
Albert Lea, MN, MN 56007

Memorial Service
October 12, 2020

11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
301 W Clark St
Albert Lea, MN 56007

October 12, 2020

12:00 PM
Graceland Cemetery
1800 W Main St
Albert Lea, MN 56007

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