Katherine Fansler Anderson was born on July 9, 1921, to Edward and Lida (Engstrom) Rusk. She was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Methodist Church in Deer Park, Wis. She was a lifetime member of that church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and U.M.W. president. She graduated from the New Richmond High School at the age of sixteen as valedictorian of her class. She attended River Falls State College on a scholarship and graduated with a two year teaching degree. From 1940-1943 she taught at the Meadowdale School in rural New Richmond. In 1942 Katherine married Douglas Fansler and to this union three children were born. In 1957 she returned to college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She graduated with special honors from there in 1963. She taught at Clear Lake Elementary School from 1957-1984. She was a member of an advisory council to the education department at River Falls University. She trained many student teachers from U W- River Falls and from Polk County Normal. Her husband Douglas died in 1984. In 1987 she married Raymond E. Anderson. He died in 1989.
Katherine is preceded in death by her two husbands; her parents; three brothers, Ken, Floyd, and Dale; and two sisters, Dorothy and Carmen.
She leaves behind two sons, Donald (Mickey) of Deer Park, Duane (Stephanie) of Balsam Lake, Wis.; one daughter, Diane Fansler of Edina, Minn.; two step-sons: Raymond P. (Myrna) Anderson of New Richmond and Charles (Phyllis) Anderson of Star Prairie, Wis.; one step-daughter, Audrey (Larry) DeTar of Deer Park; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn are her sister Bernice Weber of Woodbury, Minn., nieces and nephews, as well as many other loving relatives, friends and former students.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Deer Park with Pastor Jayneann Gagner officiating. Casketbearers are Thomas Rusk, Craig Fansler, Bart Fansler, Matt Fansler, Dewey Fansler Jr., Keith Pierson, Dana Fansler, and Bill Haroldson. Honorary caskerbearers are Dr. Derrick Fansler, Ray Anderson, Larry Detar, Charles Anderson, Bruce Haroldson, Rick Pierson, Mike Pierson, Bob Pierson, and Jacob Fansler. Organist will be Joyce Petersen and soloist will be Jim Haugerud. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery. Condolences may be left online at www.williamsonwhite.com.