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Dorothy Ruth Andersen

d. November 25, 2020

March 29, 1938 ~ November 25, 2020


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Friday, December 4, 2020

2:00 – 7:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home

Shelby, IA

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3 Sons – Don (Pam) Andersen of Eastham, MA

Rich Andersen of Shelby, IA

Larry (Angie) Andersen of Denison, IA

1 Daughter – Deb (Denny) Jacobsen of Hancock, IA

2 Brothers – Stan (Darlene) Pitt of Logan, IA

Mel (Alice) Pitt of Council Bluffs, IA

3 Sisters – Barb Adams of Council Bluffs, IA

Betty (Doug) Wright of Crescent, IA

Margie Baker of Council Bluffs, IA

8 Grandchildren

7 Great-grandchildren

Other Relatives & Friends

Dorothy Ruth Andersen, the daughter of Harold Wayne and Emma Christena (Wiepert) Pitt, was born on March 29, 1938, in Woodbine, Iowa. She graduated from Missouri Valley (Iowa) High School in 1956, and worked at Mutual of Omaha Insurance in Omaha, Nebraska, for a brief time.

Dorothy married Knute David Andersen on May 30, 1959, at the Shelby Lutheran Church in Shelby, Iowa. The couple made their home northeast of Shelby, where they farmed. Dorothy remained on the farm following David’s death on March 16, 2010, and she continued living there until her death.

Dorothy was a member of United Lutheran Church in Shelby, Iowa. She was also a member of the Shelby American Legion Post #240 Auxiliary. Dorothy enjoyed being a farm wife, gardening and canning the fresh produce she grew. Dorothy and David had visited Denmark, and after David’s death, she traveled with friends. She proudly attended many of her grandchildren’s activities, and also liked to bowl, play cards, and make ceramics. A great cook and baker, Dorothy loved planning holiday meals and birthday parties for her family.

Dorothy R. Andersen died on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. She had reached the age of 82 years, 7 months, and 27 days.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Andersen; two brothers, Ray Pitt and Ronald Pitt; and one sister, Doris Reid. She is survived by three sons, Donald (Pam) Andersen of Eastham, Massachusetts, Richard Andersen of Shelby, Iowa, and Larry (Angie) Andersen of Denison, Iowa; one daughter, Debra (Denny) Jacobsen of Hancock, Iowa; two brothers, Stan (Darlene) Pitt of Logan, Iowa, and Mel (Alice) Pitt of Council Bluffs, Iowa; three sisters, Barb Adams of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Betty (Doug) Wright of Crescent, Iowa, and Margie Baker of Council Bluffs, Iowa; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A private funeral service was held at the United Lutheran Church, Shelby, Iowa, on Saturday, December 5, 2020, with Pastor Heather Ploen officiating. Musicians were Nancy Armstrong, Nicole Jones, and Richard Andersen. Dorothy’s loving family served as casket bearers. Burial was in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Iowa. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc., of Shelby, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left online at
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