Loretta J. Anderson, 82, died at her home in Alexander, Services were held Nov. 28, 2020 at Andrews Funeral Home in Belmond. Burial was in Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell.
Loretta Jane Foss, the daughter of Roy and Johanna (Albers) Foss, was born Feb. 19, 1938 at Mason City. She was raised in the Klemme/Goodell area. She was baptized and confirmed at the Klemme Reformed Church. She attended the Goodell Community School through her junior year, and graduated from Belmond High School in 1955. She was active in 4-H and played basketball.
Loretta attended La James Cosmetology College in Mason City and was a beautician for more than 50 years.
Loretta married Harlan Elmer Anderson on Nov. 18, 1961 at Miami, OK. They later settled in Goodell where they were blessed with daughters Brenda and Beth, and son Brian who died at the age of two
After settling in Alexander, Loretta operated a salon out of her home for many years She also did hair for countless residents of the care center in Belmond for nearly 40 years.
Loretta and Harlan enjoyed taking their girls (and the grandkids in later years) on camping trips. Favorite places included Cutty’s at Okoboji and Des Moines. Longer trips included visiting relatives and Harlan's Army buddie across the United States. The grandkids looked forward to going to Harlan and Loretta’s in the summer and hanging out with grandma and grandpa no matter what the occasion.
Loretta and Harlan looked forward to dancing in their younger years. The family shared a passion for going to the Chuckwagon Races in Nashua. Loretta loved to go to thrift shops and auctions, always in search of items to add to her wide array of knick-knacks and jewelry. Loretta was an active bowler on various ladies’ teams. Following Harlan's passing in 2003, Loretta found other past times. She looked forward to helping out with the United Methodist Women and various events and activities at the Alexander Untied Methodist Church. She looked forward to senior bus trips to a variety of places, including Christmas treks to Branson. Loretta was very social and loved a good conversation. One might often find her at the Alexander library drinking coffee with friends or at Donna’s in Meservey. She also enjoyed solitude and relaxation, spending time with a good book or working a puzzle.
Loretta was small in stature, but big in heart. She loved her daughters, grandkids and great grandkids. She valued her independence, was a bit feisty, and had a love for others.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harlan; son Brian (1966); and two brothers-in-law.
Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her daughter Brenda (Bill) Dunbar of Plymouth; daughter Beth (Mike) Eddy of Coulter; grandchildren Kellie Ferden and her children Sylas and Myla of Manly, Kory Ferden (Paige Berensten) of Plymouth, Travis Dunbar (Heidi Hanson and her daughter Aliza Estle of Mason City, Matthew Eddy (Leah Willemsen) of Coulter, and Brielle Eddy (Blake Stoner) of Hudson; three sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law.