Dagny Anderson
Dagny Anderson

Dagny Anderson, 97, of Preston, died peacefully at Park Lane Estates on Jan. 28, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Dagny Theoline Topness was born to Theodore and Dorthea (Iverson) Topness on Aug. 20, 1920, in rural Whalan.

On May 27, 1941, she married Orville Leroy Anderson at the Highland Prairie parsonage near Bratsburg.

The couple lived in California for two years before moving back to rural Whalan where they raised two children. She and her husband farmed until they opened the Anderson Variety Store in the mid-1960s in Lanesboro. Then, in 1968, the couple began Anderson Greenhouse. The couple operated the greenhouse until her husband’s death in 1976. She and her twin sister, Doris, dedicated five years to working at Rush Products before their retirement in 1983. 

She was a member of the Elstad Lutheran Church and shared her faith and love for family with all she met. She was an avid quilter, loved to crochet and always enjoyed her daily midday coffee and sweets followed by watching her favorite television show, Days of Our Lives. She always had Norwegian baking on hand when the grandchildren came to visit. She also enjoyed talking on the telephone to her family and friends. She was loved very much by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn (Tom) Smith and Dorothy (Jerry) Evenson, both of Lanesboro; seven grandchildren, Scott (Annette) Evenson of Harmony, Kim (Jerome) Halvorson of Lanesboro, Dawn (Jerry) Steffes of La Crescent, Susie (Sterling) Stoker of Henderson, Nev., John (Brittany) Smith of Whalan, Lori (Jeremy) Keller of Rochester and Heidi Evenson (Bill Fishbaugher) of Canton; great-grandchildren, Khala, Angel, Kiah, Brandy, Ryan, Madalyn, Cooper, Oakley and a great-grandchild due in April. 

She is preceded in death by her husband in 1976, four brothers, two sisters and an infant daughter. 

The funeral for her was held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Elstad Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Committal followed in church cemetery.

Those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Elstad Lutheran Church. 

Riley Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.

To share a memory of Dagny with the family please visit rileyfuneralhomes.com