Anne Louise Andersen, 89, of Cortland NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 23rd after a brief illness.
Anne was born in Brooklyn, NY to Knut and Ida Haakonsen on June 7th 1930. She graduated from Fort Hamilton High School and attended Katharine Gibbs Business School in New York City. She was a legal secretary in Brooklyn for Attorneys Seth Rubinstein and Kevin Flood and then a typist for a Norwegian Newspaper also in Brooklyn.
While following her passion for painting she met Doris Jensen. The two of them became the closest and dearest of friends. Together they both learned and then taught Norwegian rosemaling as a team. They were close friends ever since. Doris even designed the rosemaling image that is on the back of Anne’s headstone.
After retirement Anne, Ernst, and Kurt moved to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where Anne lived for 31 years and was involved with Mount Bethel Church and Tuscarora Bible Camp. These two places gave her the happiest of memories and the most wonderful friends! She especially loved the Tuesday morning breakfast group at the Mt. Bethel Diner and never wanted to miss it.
In 2017, Anne and her son Kurt moved up to Cortland to live with her daughter Deanna and son-in-law Marty. But Pennsylvania was always close to her heart.
Earlier this month, Anne was so excited to finally get back to Pennsylvania and to be able to visit with so many family and friends. Thank you very much for every one’s effort to make that trip extra special!
Anne is survived by her two children; Deanna (Marty) Carpenter of Cortland, and Kurt Andersen of Cortland, he was her devoted caregiver to the end; her grandchildren, Rob and Erin Carpenter of Atlanta, Georgia; Chris Carpenter and Brooke Keeney of Cortland; sister-in-laws Joan (Harry) Haakonsen and Eleanor (John) Larsen ; and many beloved nieces and nephews, Joanne (Jim) Olsen; Karl (Cherisse) Haakonsen; Wayne Larsen; Barbara Larsen; Mark (Gail) Larsen; Scott Larsen; Carol (Chris) Palchak; Elaine (Buzz) Harwood; Douglas (Christy) Kvenvik; Karen (Alex) Mikkelsen; and her godson Paul (Judy) Wilkin. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Ernst Andersen, her brother Harry Haakonsen, sister-in-law Ragna Kvenvik, niece Diane Larsen, and nephew Keith Larsen.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Berean Bible Church, 726 Rte. 13, Cortland, NY 13045, Virgil United Methodist Church, 1196 Church St, Cortland NY 13045 or Mount Bethel Church, 1270 Belvidere Corner Rd., Mount Bethel, PA 18343.
There will be a memorial service at the Virgil United Methodist Church 11 am, Saturday, August 17th 2019 followed by a burial at Virgil Cemetery. There will also be a memorial service at Mt. Bethel Church in Pennsylvania 10:30 am, Saturday, September 28th, 2019.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Pastor Bruce Buchanan, his wife Patty, and the congregation of the Berean Bible Church for making Anne and Kurt feel so welcome at their church. The family would also like to thank the Pastors of Mt Bethel Church and their congregation for all their support and prayers over the years. Also thank you to Pastor Steph Brown for all your thoughtfulness.
Anne’s faith was always very important to her. She loved and praised the Lord. She was grateful for being able to have such a wonderful life! We can now smile knowing she is with Jesus.