Arlene Anderson

arlene anderson
Arlene Anderson (Jendro) was born on August 23, 1933, to Anne and Peter Jendro in Little Falls, MN. Her parents and her moved to Peak, ND where her parents worked for Northern Pacific and they lived in a boxcar. She went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 23, 2021, with her two daughters holding her hands and two daughters and two sons on the phone saying our goodbyes. Arlene grew up in Valley City and went to St. Catherine’s School. On December 7, 1950, she married George Anderson. In 1954 they moved to Fargo. They later divorced, and Arlene raised her six children. Arlene worked in the food industry; starting as a cook at St. Luke’s Hospital and later finding her true gift in sales. She was a Sales Associate at Continental Big Red and last at Food Services of America. Arlene moved to Big McDonald Lake in 1990. After retirement she did volunteer driving to bring people to their doctor’s appointments. She later moved to Parkview Terrace in Moorhead, MN where she spent the remainder of her retirement years. Arlene was a member of St. Frances de Sales Church in Moorhead and member of Fraternal Order of Eagles in Wahpeton since 1971. Arlene loved people and she could talk with anyone. She loved the life on the lake with boat rides, fishing, great neighbors and being able to share that life with her kids and grandchildren. Two grandsons have a saying that “what happens at grandma’s, stays at grandma’s.” Arlene is survived by her children: Betty Nohr (Jim) Denver; Yvonne Ralph (Richard) Moorhead; Sandi Gramm (Doug) Fargo; Mark Anderson (Becky) Denver; Mary Bacak (Dewey) Farmington; Scott Anderson (Debbie) Fargo. Arlene was blessed with 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Donovan Anderson. A graveyard service for Arlene will be held at a later date.

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  1. To the Anderson Family,, So truly sorry for the loss of your Mother. Had kept in contact for sometime and as age arrives some things are not carried through. She was a very strong lade and so proud of her family. Peace be with you all. Mary C Lettenmaier

  2. To say goodbye to anyone is difficult, but to say goodbye to someone that you’ve known a lifetime is even more. Arlene was my mother-n-law. I married her eldest son, Mark. I watched her over the years as she spent her lifetime caring for her children. As difficult as her earlier years were raising six children alone, she did it! All of her children are life long married. They are all active in their work and communities. They are all, really good people. They are all her greatest accomplishments!

    One Christmas she bought all of her children a, “Mom loves me best!” t-shirt! They all loved that and they argued about it all that Christmas just so that, “Mom” could have those past memories of the good old days too! Mom loves me best, no me…the puns always kept rolling!

    And those grandsons that spent countless hours goofy off at grandmas lake home, the memories, the sleepovers, the scary movies, those memories, countless and considered private because grandma believed, even the kids needed a vacation from everyday life!

    Arlene engaged her whole family in her trips after retirement, visiting all of her children and getting to know all of her grandchildren. If she wasn’t busy knitting really cool difficult sweaters for all of her grandchildren, she was teaching them all to make krumkaka and to pass on family traditions with making batches together for the annual Christmas Celebrations at her daughters Hallmark store!

    Arlene spent many hours making gifts, a true testament to her caring side, a true gift of her heart.

    Arlene was a kind, compassionate person that roamed thousands of miles in the lake countries of Minnesota and beyond in order to keep restaurants, resorts and stores stocked up on food! She loved the drives and that being her office, but what she loved the most about her job was the people that she met on her journey! They were the friends and gifts to her and she treasured them! They made her career! Arlene was a million dollar sales associate, very gifted in this field and states that she was enriched by every friendship that she made along the way..

    What a beautiful journey she had!

    When Arlene came to visit in Denver she always loved to go and buy a new jacket! Not a sweater, but a jacket, because she loved the pockets, a place to hold her things! She would carry a purse if she had too, but like her life, the pockets held things close, like her family and friends, she only carried a purse if she had to…but otherwise her pockets were just fine…

    Arlene, mom, grandma, great grandma and great great grandma…you will be forever missed…
    Rest In Peace….

  3. To all family members of Arlene Anderson: i want you to know that my condolences and prayers are with you and May the Good Lord give you the faith and strength to believe that it was Arlene (Your Mom and Grandmother) to leave this world and rest in peace. She was part of my childhood memories and will never be forgotten and remembered with fond memories.

  4. Sorry for your loss, Yvonne. The Holidays are hardness but will get better. Praying for you and your family.
    I worked with Yvonne.

  5. To the Anderson family,
    I cannot fully express the sorrow I feel for you at this time. Thinking of you all. And wishing you peace.



  7. You were truly one of the strongest people I’ve known. No battle, regardless of how hard, was something you ever complained about. I’m remembering our car ride and the last lunch we had together, and how much we laughed that day. The fact that I know you are at peace brings me comfort. You are missed grandma. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

  8. I didn’t know Arlene, but was told by a friend that they saw the Jendro name and asked if she was related. I mentioned that all Jendro’s are related. I did some checking and found that she would have been a second cousin to me. Her grandfather and mine were brothers. Sorry for your loss.

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