George W. Anderson

George Walfrid Anderson was 90 when he peacefully joined his Lord and Savior on June 27, 2011. George was born in Marquette, MI on June 18, 1921. He had resided in Lansing since 1946.

George is survived by his wife Lucille, to whom he was married to for nearly 64 years. Also surviving are his daughter Nancy E. Anderson, son Paul W. (Joanne) Anderson, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Katie, all of Lansing, and nieces Ann (Walter) Eschtruth of Grand Ledge and Mary (George) Matey of Arvada, CO. He was preceded in death by father Oscar, mother Edith, and sister Bernice.

George was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan Univ. and later his Master’s degree in Education at Michigan State College.

George was first greeted by Lucille Warner on his first day of employment at the Michigan School for the Blind in 1946. They married on July 26, 1947. Mr. A. taught Industrial Arts and Math there until 1984. He was awarded Michigan Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year in 1965. He approached woodworking with a sense of pride and true craftsmanship.

George was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served for many years as Sunday School Superintendent, craft leader, and tutor. He was also involved with the United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. and Greater Lansing Scandinavian Society.

George had a passion for sports, and was an avid MSU, Detroit Tigers, and Red Wings fan. He was a football official for local high schools for 18 years, and was an active lunch time ice skater at Washington Park up until last year.

The family would like to express extreme gratitude to the care George received at the Hospice of Lansing – Stoneleigh Residence.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church, 528 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI with Pastor Dan R. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.

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Ann and Walt Eschtruth
June 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Dear Auntie Lu, Nancy, Paul and Jo, Aaron, Katie, We wish we could be with all of you but send you our loving prayers from Ashland, Oregon. We were fortunate beyond measure not only to know such an excellent man as Uncle George but also to have him as a loving, caring uncle all of my life. He did so much good for so many people in many different areas of his life that he remains one of the most inspirational people we have had the privilege of knowing. God grant you the strength, comfort, quiet, and rest you need now and in days to come–you know Uncle George would have wanted that above all. Ann and Walt

Martin & Debbie Mather
June 29, 2011 at 4:28 am

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you all at this difficult time from all of us here in Stratford upon Avon, England, who sadly are not able to be with you.

During our visits to Michigan over the years, George always offered great hospitality and conversation that left you in no doubt that he was was an extremely kind, considerate man who will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Robin Bosgraaf
June 29, 2011 at 9:26 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the grace of God grant you peace and guide you through this trying time.

Connie Geissel
June 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

Dear Paul, Jo, Nancy, Katie, Aaron and Lucille,
I can speak for the entire Olsen family in saying how sorry we are over your father, grandfather and husband’s death. George has been such a fixture in our growing up years, both in the church and through our Uncle Albert Peterson. He was just always there — ready to jump in to assist in any fashion he could. Carrying a smile and a good attitude — I looked forward to seeing him when he came by the church. He will be sorely missed. Love Connie and family

Stephen Olsen
June 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

During my time at Grace Lutheran I always felt the caring embrace of George Anderson and his family. His unconditional acceptance and the love for all provided a model that is a part of me to this day. I wish that I could be in Lansing to provide my heartfelt condolence, but circumstances keep me in Oregon. Blessings to all…

Steve Olsen
Portland Oregon

Johnson Family
June 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

George Anderson was a wonderful, caring, generous and kind man. We looked forward to our Christmas message from him and I know he was a great influence to everyone he came in touch with. Our thoughts and love are with you.

Dave Forsberg
June 30, 2011 at 9:03 am

My sincere and deepest condolences to the Anderson family. I will miss George so much. Lucille, Nancy and Paul, you are all in my prayers and thoughts at this time. With deepest respect, Dave and Elena and Barb Forsberg

Scott K. Palmer
June 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Dear Lucy, Nancy and Paul,

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Anderson from the School for the Blind when I was a student there. He was my Industrial Arts instructor and club meeting advisor. He always had fun little phrases that we would say that entertained us all during the day. He had a great sense of humor!
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss to you.

Anne Sinicropi Sigourney
June 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Nancy and family: I am so sorry to learn of your Father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I truly understand how difficult a time this is for you, and I just wanted to let you know. Be sure and take care of yourself….that is so important. Your friend, Anne

Adam Harney
June 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

With great memories of Mr. Anderson and his family I send healing thoughts and prayers. He has truly embodied the model of a patriarch in a tremendous legacy.

Andrew Eschtruth
July 4, 2011 at 12:06 am

George Anderson, my great uncle, was a quiet hero through the warmth and love he displayed toward his family and his many contributions to his students and his community.

He was a kind, generous, and thoughtful man who always took an interest in those around him.

We will all miss him. And my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the family and all those who were touched by him.


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