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Wendi Jo (Larson) Anderson, age 49, of Saint James, MN died on May 10, 2017, at Mayo Health System in St. James. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, St. James and will continue on Wednesday from 10 until 11 am at the church. Service will be held at the St. James Catholic Church, St. James, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:00 am. The clergy will be Father Timothy Hall. Interment will be at the Lake Crystal Cemetery in Lake Crystal at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Wendi Jo (Larson) Anderson was born January 16, 1968 to Bob and Nancy Larson at St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato, MN. She died May 10, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in St. James, MN. Wendi was baptized in the Lutheran faith in Mankato, MN and confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James, MN. Wendi graduated from St. James High School in 1986 and from Minnesota State University Mankato with a BA in education in 1993. Wendi taught Special Education at St. James High School and later at Butterfield-Odin Schools. She also was a waitress and bartender at the Hickory Inn in St. James a few nights each week. She married Gary Anderson on June 11, 1994 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, MN and later converted to the Catholic faith herself. Wendi and Gary had two sons Nicholas and Noah whom she loved deeply and dearly. She enjoyed her own children as well as her kids at school. She had an infectious laugh that she loved to share with everyone she met. Wendi found joy in helping others. Her motto was 'Live, Laugh, Love!' and she had one speed for everything she did --FAST--. She was an amazing mother and had a beautiful heart, full of love for her children and her husband Gary. Her favorite song was "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine" and she would sing it often to her children.
She is survived by her husband Gary, sons Nicholas (Fairmont, MN), and Noah, her mom and dad Bob and Nancy Larson (St. James), mother-in-law Anne Anderson (Lake Crystal), brother-in-law Steve Anderson (Lake Crystal), nephews Blane and Lohr Anderson and Niece Leah Anderson (Lake Crystal). She was preceded in death by her infant brother Paul David Larson, sister Jeni Lee (Larson) Johnson, maternal grandparents Delores and Ed Pederson Jr, paternal grandparents Gert and Walter Larson, father-in-law Robert Anderson, and uncles Rich and David Larson
Published on May 14, 2017
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