Geneva (Nygren) Anderson
Geneva Nygren Anderson, 93, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died March 8, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she has lived for the last 18 years.
Memorial services will be held at Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Concord on Tuesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. with family from Colorado Springs present. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn.
Geneva was born June 8, 1923 on the family farm in Dixon County, the daughter of Albert and Anna (Erickson) Nygren. Her older brother, Burdette Ernest, preceded her in death in 2001. Her sister, Doris Ruth, died in childhood. She was baptized and confirmed in the Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church and attended local schools before graduating from Concord High School in 1941. After completing the teaching certificate program at Wayne State Teachers College in 1943, Geneva taught junior high classes in Osmond. She finished her baccalaureate degree in parish work in 1948 from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. During her career, Geneva worked as a church professional in Lutheran churches in St. Paul and Hopkins, Minn. and New York City.
Geneva returned to education from 1951 to 1956, teaching elementary through high school students in Dixon and Wayne, Neb.and Denver, Colo. She took an opportunity to move to Minnesota as Director of Christian Education at Gethsemane Lutheran Church through 1958. Geneva married Alvin G. Anderson on Aug. 2, 1958, becoming the second mother to three daughters, Shirley, Judith, and Gail. She was a loving successor to their mother, Dorothy, and never failed to support her memory. After Alvin’s death in 1975, she completed her Master’s Degree in Reading Education with certification in Special Needs Students. She continued to teach until her retirement in 1988.
Geneva’s interest in family stories, Swedish heritage, and genealogy started in her family and community. Years later, when she traveled with her husband to his engineering professional meetings, they would often add Sweden to their itinerary where she continued her searches for family connections in dusty church records and town hall microfiche collections. Geneva made many trips across Sweden with family and friends. She shared her interest in genealogy with enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed the new technologies that allowed others to continue her work.
Survivors include her daughters: Shirley Mills (Donald) of Syracuse, N.Y; Judith Speilbauer (Ronald) of Oxford, Ohio and Gail Bagenstos (Craig) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren and her brother's children; Burdette “Butch” Nygren (Elizabeth “Libby”) and Vicki Nygren Armstrong (David) and their families in Mississippi.
Memorials may be directed to Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Concord.