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Wilma Anderson
March 2, 1930 - August 19, 2019

Wilma Emma Rosebraugh Anderson, 89, of Oelwein, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019.  She was born March 2, 1930 at Charleston, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Etta (Skinner) Rosebraugh. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Charleston, IL.

She attended a one room schoolhouse, North Center, in 7 Hickory Twp., IL and in Mullen. Wilma graduated from Charleston High school in 1948 and was a 1952 graduate of Eastern Illinois State Teachers College with a BS in Home Economics and Art. She taught three years of Vocational Home Economics, Art and adult classes at Minier and Morton, IL.  She received her Master’s in Art at Upper Iowa University and taught Art for several years in Oelwein.

Wilma married Carl O. Anderson on June 25, 1955 in Charleston, IL. They farmed at Deer Creek, IL until moving to a farm at Chenoa, IL in 1959. In 1962 they purchased a farm outside Oelwein where they raised a family of four sons and a daughter. She was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church where she served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and on church council. She was a 10-year member of the Happy Helpers 4-H club growing up in Illinois and served as a leader in Jefferson and Scott Twp. In later years she turned to hobbies of flower and vegetable gardening, designing personal greeting cards, reading, putting puzzles together, serving as Jefferson Twp. Election Board Chair, and belonging to the Black Hawk Button Club. 

She will be remembered by her children Greg (Diane), Oro Valley, AZ; Eric, Manchester: Bruce, Onalaska, WI; Henry (Suzanne) Baxter and Rosetta (Matt) Oelwein, 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, many loving nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law Virginia Goecker of Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, her parents, an infant brother Charles, two sisters Charlene Dickey and Loretta Morton.

The funeral service will be Saturday, August 24 at 10:30am Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein. Visitation Friday, August 23, Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein from 4-7pm. Interment will be in Long Grove Cemetery at Maynard. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or Oelwein Public Library Foundation.


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Dennis March on August 27, 2019 at 5:58 PM said:

Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was always so nice to our family. I know that our mom always enjoyed visiting with her. I spent many days at your place when we lived on the farm, in particular, shooting baskets up in your barn. Wilma was always so caring.
Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Joelyn Doty Barker on August 26, 2019 at 10:38 AM said:

Bruce and family:
So very sorry to hear about your mom's passing, she was a very sweet lady.
Pam Parker on August 23, 2019 at 6:05 PM said:

Oh Wilma. I hope Rosetta remembers to send a bag of your favorite buttons with you. Some with birds and flowers on them. The world is a little less bright and button club a little less light in your absence. Bon voyage to you and sincere condolences to your family.
Sheryl Gosse, Dick/Dalene Gosse on August 22, 2019 at 1:56 PM said:

To all Anderson kids we rode same bus, your mom was my 4-h leader, a good cook and all the different ways to learn in 4-h has made us each a better person we are today. Enjoyed her beautiful gardens, our friendship thru church or as neighbors. Carry on the traditions w/your families and always be close. Your parents are with you every day. Enjoy our friendship with your family. Thinking of you all and see you soon.
Don & Carolyn Beier on August 22, 2019 at 12:24 PM said:

Dear Anderson family,very sad to hear about your lose.Please know that we are sending our thoughts & prayers to all of you. Sincerely,Don & Carolyn Beier

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