Robert A. “Bob” Andersen

NEW ULM – Robert A. “Bob” Andersen, 89, of New Ulm died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday and 7:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The St. Joseph’s St. Elizabeth’s Catholic United and the St. Patrick’s Council of the Knights of Columbus will pray a combined rosary at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife Rosemary. He is survived by daughters, Susan (Mark) Nierengarten, Terri (Jim) Schiller, Anita (Tom) Esser, Louise (Jeremy) Raths; sons Mark (Terese) Andersen, Tim (Wendy) Andersen, Peter (Mary) Andersen and Tony (Ann) Andersen; 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Lois Andersen, sisters-in -law and brother-in-law Jeanne and Don Bottko, Mary Dowdle, Tom and Diane Dowdle, Sandy and Jim Masterman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was the love of Bob’s life and he cherished each moment spent with his family. A delightful conversationalist, Bob was an outgoing, caring, and positive gentleman with an impressive array of stories.

Bob was born May 6, 1923 in Minneapolis to Anthony and Esther (Sivigny) Andersen. He graduated from De LaSalle High School and received a B. A. in Economics from St Thomas College. On Aug. 2, 1947, he married Rosemary Dowdle. After being married they lived in St. Paul until 1964 when they moved to New Ulm. Bob retired from 3M after 25 years of service as a Purchasing Supervisor.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, served with the 89th Infantry Division in the European Theatre during WWII. After joining the Army Reserves, he was recalled to active duty and served as a commissioned officer during the Korean conflict. He retired at the rank of Captain in the Field Artillery from the MN Army National Guard.

At his core Bob’s was a man of great faith. He demonstrated this through his service to his church and community. Bob was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. He served on Parish Council and the Cathedral High School Board. He was a Eucharistic Minister and brought Communion to the Homebound. In 1995, he was awarded the NUACS Distinguished Service Award. His involvement in the community included terms as vice-president of Sioux Valley Hospital Board, President of the New Ulm Safety Committee, Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee for the New Ulm Army National Guard and he was the 1st Vice President of the 89th Infantry Division Society. He volunteered at the New Ulm Medical Center and Meals on Wheels.

In lieu, of flowers the family prefers memorials to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools or the San Lucas Toliman Mission.

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