Funeral for Marvel Anderson of Morris, Minnesota, will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Morris with Reverend Dan Belgum officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held immediately after the service at Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Marvel Maxine Hoppenrath was born on February 20, 1929 to Albert and Ella (Hagen) Hoppenrath at the county hospital in Redwood Falls, MN. She and her family lived in Belview, MN, where she obtained her education up until graduation in 1947. From there Marvel went on to attend Paul’s Hairdressing Academy in Minneapolis, graduating in 1948. During that same year Marvel would become a cosmetologist at a salon in downtown Minneapolis and a wife to her high school sweetheart, Jennis Allan Anderson.
The couple married on December 12, 1948 at Rock Dell Lutheran Church in Belview, MN and shortly after moved to Dekalb, Illinois, where they spent their first year of marriage. In 1949 Allan started working for Great Northern Railroad and the couple relocated to Dassel, MN. Then, in December of 1954, Marvel and Allan moved to Morris, MN, where they would spend over six decades together raising their family.
During their 72-year marriage, Marvel and Allan were blessed with five children. Marvel was an excellent mother and an even better grandmother and loved being called “Grandma Great” by all her great-grandchildren. She loved sharing her talents with her family. She was an excellent cook, baker, calligrapher, cake decorator, scratch artist, ceramics painter and dancer. One of Marvel’s favorite hobbies was square dancing with her husband. Not only did she love to dance, she also loved taking the time to design and sew her own dresses and matching ties for Allan. The couple took their love of square dance across the country and enjoyed dancing in many states, attending 29 national square-dancing conventions.
When Marvel wasn’t dancing with the Morris B Squares, she could be found volunteering at First Lutheran Church in Morris, participating in the Marvel Club, Morris Jaycees, and acting as a den mother in both Boy and Girl Scouts.
In the latter years of their marriage, Marvel and Allan would make Mesa, Arizona their winter home and spent over 25 years as snowbirds, enjoying the beautiful weather and the many activities the resort had to offer.
Throughout her life Marvel loved being a wife, mother, sister, grandma, great-grandma, and great-great-grandma. Marvel passed away on October 1, 2021 at the age of 92 at The Legacy in Morris and leaves behind a family who loved her dearly.
Marvel is survived by her husband of 72 years, J. Allan Anderson of Morris; her children: Barry (Patti) Anderson of Hutchinson, MN, Kathy (Gary) Wilde of Minneapolis, MN, Robin (Rich) Kochmann of Crosslake, MN, Scott (Ronda) Anderson of Corcoran, MN; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Anderson of Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren: Jessie (Steve) Kneprath of Willmar, MN, Emily (Michael) McDevitt of Navarre, Fl, Abby (Tim) Barberg of Cokato, MN, Kiran Anderson of Maple Grove, MN, Vijay Anderson of Maple Grove, MN, Angie (Buddy) Rogers of Chanhassen, MN, Megan Kochmann of Woodbury, MN, Ryan (Sarah) Anderson of Rogers, MN, and Blake Anderson of Corcoran, MN; great-grandchildren: Ella, Ethan, Will, Lee, Seth, Audra Kneprath; Ashleigh, Caleb, Lacey, Chenell, Bryant McDevitt; Orrin, Selah, Gideon, Lander, Kaia Barberg; Madison, Derek, Lynlee, Kayla, John Rogers, and Charlotte Anderson; great-great-grandchildren: Lucas, Leo Kneprath; and one sister, Judy (Marvin) Skogen of Porter, MN and many nieces, nephews, cousins, many lifelong friends. She is preceded in death by her beloved son, Bruce Allan Anderson; her parents and brothers, Franz and Arthur Hoppenrath.
Masks are optional but encouraged.
Memorials preferred to be sent to Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota or a charity of your choice.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of arrangements for Marvel. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.