Virginia “Ginny” Burnett Anderson

HACKENSACK Virginia “Ginny” Burnett Anderson of Hackensack, formerly of New Ulm, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church, 401 Lake Avenue East, Hackensack 56452.

Virginia Louise Ogren was born June 16, 1924 in Arkansas City, KS. She was the daughter of John Edwin and Grace Mae (Butler) Ogren. Ginny graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1942 and went on to nurses’ training at Kansas University (KU) where she graduated with an RN degree. She then joined the “Cadet Nurses Corp” during WWII. On Oct. 12, 1945, Ginny was married to a very tall radiologist she met at KU named Joseph William Burnett. She worked as a private duty nurse in Kansas City, KS and MO until the birth of their first child. In 1954, after having lived many places, Ginny and Joe settled in New Ulm with their four children, Butch, Barb, Fritz, and Kay. Ginny was an avid volunteer in New Ulm; she volunteered for many church activities and was also a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. Ginny held multiple leadership positions in the League of Women Voters. She was one of the first two women to be elected to the New Ulm City Council in 1974 where she sat until 1984. Ginny was instrumental in many of the improvements that occurred during her tenure on city council such as, sewer separation, Vogel Arena and Family Recreation Center, North Park, Senior Citizens’ Building, The Battery Building, Nehls property acquisition, the Glockenspiel, Schonlau Park and City Hall renovation. Ginny was also a charter member and first president of the Lind House Association. Ginny and Joe were charter members for “Fan in the Stands” with the Twins baseball team.

In the late ’80s, Ginny and Joe retired to 10 Mile Lake near Hackensack for the summers, and resided in Florida for the winters. In 1988, Joe passed away at their home in Florida. After, Ginny moved to Hackensack permanently. In 1992, Ginny married A. Gordon Anderson and they resided on Ten Mile and later moved to Hackensack on Birch Lake. Gordon died June 24, 1998. Ginny moved into Birchview Gardens Assisted Living in June 2007. Ginny enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, crosswords, playing bridge and being with her family. Ginny is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann Spleiss of Minneapolis and Kathryn (Kay) Elaine Martin of Staples; one brother, John Charles (Santita) Ogren of Tulsa, OK; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands Joseph William Burnett, Sr. and A. Gordon Anderson; two sons: Joseph William (Butch) Burnett, Jr. and John Frederick (Fritz) Burnett; and a special friend, Loren Alderson.

Arrangements by Dennis Funeral Home in Walker. Online obituary and guest book is available online at

Memorials to Lind House, 622 Center St., New Ulm MN 56073, 507-354-8802, Attn. Trudy Beranek; to Union Congregational Church, 401 Lake Avenue East, Hackensack 56452; or First United Methodist Church, 1 N Broadway, New Ulm MN 56073.

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