Kathleen Anderson


April 1, 1933 - July 15, 2021


Kathleen Anderson, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Monday, July 19, at Storla Lutheran Church in Storla, SD. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural Storla. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday, July 18, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A memorial video may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/J0Sp7ZR2i8A

Anna “Kathleen” (Olsen) Anderson was born on April 1, 1933 and was welcomed into heaven by her Lord and Savior and her husband on July 15, 2021.

Kathleen was born at the home farm of her grandparents in Belford Township, the oldest child of LeRoy and Elizabeth (Woods) Olsen.  She lived with her family in Palatine Township on the “Olsen homeplace” until moving with her parents to the “Wood’s homestead” in the spring of 1946.

Kathleen was baptized in the Lutheran faith by Rev. E.T. Lundy on April 30, 1933 and was a member of Victor Lutheran Congregation. On March 30, 1947, she was confirmed with her class in the faith at Victor Lutheran Church, by Rev. Eldon Lyso. On September 7, 1947 she became a member by transfer to Storla Lutheran Congregation. She was an active member of the congregation sharing her faith as a Sunday School teacher, VBS teacher, sharing the work of the Women of the Church at whatever task needed to be accomplished. She served as secretary of Storla Lutheran Church and was honored for over 30 years of service. 

Her grade school education was received at Hopper Consolidated, Peterson School, and she graduated from Elm Grove School, Aurora County, as an 8th grader. Kathleen attended Plankinton High School, graduating with the class of 1951.

On September 9, 1951 she was united in marriage to Archie Lauvern Anderson at Storla Lutheran by Rev. O.M. Knudson. To their union four children were born. They purchased a farm 4 miles north of Storla in the spring of 1951 and worked side by side for 53 years, until Archie’s death on September 8, 2005. She also taught numerous neighborhood children how to play the piano.

On November 18, 2005, Kathleen moved to Mitchell and lived there until she went to her eternal home.

She is survived by her 4 children and their spouses: Loretta (LuRay) Asbenson, Prescott, AZ; Rosalyn (Roger) Beck, Central City, NE; Lynn (Jolene) Anderson, rural Letcher; and Jewel (Matt) Owens, Surprise, AZ; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; one brother and his wife, Clyde and Donna Olsen; one sister, Phyllis Niles; three sisters-in-law: Thelma Tastad, Corrine Larson, and Eldeen Stekl; and many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, parents, parents-in-law, 5 brothers-in-law, and 1 sister-in-law.


Sunday, July 18, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, July 19, 2021
3:00 PM
Storla Lutheran Church
Storla, SD


Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
Rural Storla, SD

Posted by Kim Verhey on July 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, grandmother, sister, friend. She was a dear friend of my mother and a wonderful woman. Much love, honor, and respect to Kathleen's family.
Posted by Sheri Breland Koeck on July 18, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Oh the memories, Storla, Belford, Plank. It was the best time. Sympathy and hugs to all of you.
Posted by Kevin Houska on July 17, 2021
Wonderful lady. Always made you feel welcome at the farm. Great friend to my Mom. My sympathy to her wonderful family.
Posted by Eileen Moller on July 16, 2021
I remember when Kathleen lived in the townhouse a block from us. She was the nicest gal. Always enjoyed talking with her. I still have the set of golf clubs I bought from her. Our Sympathy to her family!
Posted by Ed Anderson on July 16, 2021
Rest in peace Kathleen...always enjoyed hearing from her the story of my mom giving birth to us twins and because she was in the hospital at the same time giving birth...everyone thought she was the Anderson having the twins. Condolences to the family.
Posted by Bob and Ruth Jensen on July 16, 2021
Our sympathy,a wonderful lady.
Posted by Holly Langner on July 16, 2021
I’m so sorry family. She won’t be in pain anymore.
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