Obituary Record

Karen Andersen
Died on 7/15/1940
Buried in Prairie View Cemetery

#1-Mrs. Andersen, Washington, Dies Widow of Niels Andersen Dies at 71; Five Children Survive Her Mrs. Karen Andersen, 71, widow of Niels Andersen, died last Tuesday night at Washington, Nebraska, following a short illness. Since the death of her husband three and a half years also, Mrs. Andersen had resided with her children, lately with a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Olsen.

Funeral services were conducted last Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Home, followed by rites at 2 p.m. at the Washington church. The Rev. P.C. Jensen, Lutheran pastor for Kennard and Washington, officiated and interment followed in Prairie View cemetery.

Mrs. Andersen was born November 28, 1868, at Hadstrup, Sjaelland, Denmark, and came to the United States in 1887, coming directly to Washington county. She was married the same year to Mr. Andersen, whom she had known in Denmark, and they spent their entire wedded life farming near Washington.

Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Andersen, one dying in infancy. Surviving Mrs. Andersen are Mrs. Elvina Nelsen, Mrs. Carrie Olsen, Andrew, James and Sophus Andersen, all of the Washington vicinity. There are seven surviving grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Baptized and confirmed as a member of the Danish Lutheran faith while residing in her native Denmark, Mrs. Andersen remained a member of that denomination all her life.


Mrs. Karen Andersen, a native of Denmark and since 1887 a resident of this county, died at her home west of Washington Monday night after a few daysí illness.

Coming to this county at the age of nineteen years and that same year was married to Niels Andersen. They at once began farming in the vicinity of Washington where they spent their married life and where six children were born, five of whom are still living.

The husband passed away three and one half years ago. The children left to mourn the loss of the mother are Elvina Nielsen, Mrs. Carrie Olsen, Andrew, Jimmie and Sophus, all of the Washington vicinity.

Mrs. Andersen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the old country and after coming to America she affiliated with the same faith.

Besides the children there are seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren who survive her and other relatives and a host of friends who will miss her greatly.

Funeral services conducted by the Bendorf Funeral Service were held this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Washington with Rev. P. C. Jensen officiating, and interment was made in the Pleasant View cemetery.

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

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