Dottie Jo Anderson (née Jack)
November 17, 1935 – April 17, 2020
Dottie Jo Jack Anderson passed away peacefully the morning of April 17, 2020 at
Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul, Minnesota after a long battle with cancer. Dottie
was born November 17, 1935, in Mt. Sterling, Iowa to Howard B. and Cleda (Robertson)
Jack. She grew up in Cantril Iowa, where she lived with her aunt and uncle, Georgia
and Chuck Owen. She graduated from high school in 1953. On September 14, 1957
she married Jerry W. Anderson. She and Jerry raised their three children in Aurelia
Iowa. They later moved to Owatonna, Minnesota.
Dottie graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1982 with a degree
in English and Psychology, and from Mankato State University in 1990 with a Master’s
Degree in Counseling. Early in her counseling career she worked with women in
recovery and their families. In the last years of her career, Dottie was employed as a
Social Worker for Steele County Human Services where she worked with elderly clients.
She is survived by two children: Gretta Anderson (Paul Bay) of Arlington, MA, Charles
Anderson (Ann) of Eagan, MN, three grandchildren, Jerry Anderson, Micala Anderson,
and Raychel LaFontaine, a sister, Karol Johnson of St. Louis, MO and a brother, Fred
Jack of Bastrop, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews. Dottie was preceded in
death by her husband in 2002, a granddaughter, Brooke Anderson in 2008 and her son,
John Anderson (Sandra) in 2009.
Dottie loved the St Louis Cardinals, Willie Nelson, winning at cribbage and a good book.
She was a voracious reader. Books about history, religion, politics as well as
biographies and poetry expanded her world. Dottie was interested in people from all
walks of life. She was a good
listener and an encouraging presence in the lives of her family and friends. Memories of
her kindness, sense of humor, beautiful singing voice and her laugher will long remain
An on-line memorial site, https://www.forevermissed.com/dottie-anderson , has been
created to give family and friends and opportunity to honor and celebrate Dottie’s life.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lyngblomsten Foundation. Donations made in
memory of Dottie will benefit the Lyngblomsten Employee Scholarship Fund. Dottie
valued education. Sharing the gift of education with staff who supported her with such
skill and compassion is a fitting way to honor her memory. Make a Tribute Gift on-line or
mail a donation in memory of Dottie to Lyngblomsten Foundation, 1415 Almond Avenue,
St Paul, MN 55108
Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cantril, Iowa. A celebration of life will be
held at a later date.