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Eva Andersen

June 8, 1921 — May 5, 2015

Eva Helaine Andersen of Duluth passed away on May 5, 2015. Helaine was born June 8, 1921 in Bark River, Mich., to Ruth and Rudolph Dahlberg. She grew up in Bark River and graduated from Bark River Harris High School, Class of 1939. She moved to Duluth in 1941, working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as an Operator (A Board). In Duluth she met and married John T. Andersen on March 18, 1943. They moved to Bremerton Wash., until the end of World War II when they returned to Duluth. While raising their two sons, Helaine was active in school, church, community and youth organizations. She was a member and officer in PTA at Lowell, Merit, Lincoln and Denfeld Schools. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother. In the early 1950's she was actively involved with the Civil Defense organization in Duluth Heights. At Wesley United Methodist Church she taught Sunday School and was the Youth Group leader for many years. She was a lifelong member of the Women's Society serving in various offices and boards and attended numerous district conferences. She sang in the Choir. Friendships developed at Wesley were a highly valued part of her life and she remained an active member until it's closing in 2003 at which time she transferred to Hillside United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Piedmont Garden Club. Helaine worked at Garon Knitting Mill, Pioneer Tea Company, and from 1962 - 1983 she answered the switchboard at the downtown Sears Store. In retirement she always looked forward to catching up with her Sears colleagues at their monthly retiree breakfasts. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1985; sister Leota and infant brother Rudolph Jr. and brothers Oscar Olson and Barry Dahlberg, Helaine is survived by her sons Rudolph (Jackie) Andersen, Duluth, and Dale (Kathy) Andersen, Daggett, Mich.; grandchildren Tracy, Laura, Eric, Jody, Alina, Shawna, Karen and their spouses; 19 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. VISITATION: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. Memorial Service Saturday May 9, 2015 in Hillside United Methodist Church, 1801 Piedmont Ave, Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hillside United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home.

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