M. Jean Anderson
Anderson, M. Jean Age 82 of Minnetonka. MN. Born New Years Day 1937 in Minneapolis, to parents Harry and Ruth Carpen ter, passed away peacefully on December 3rd. Proud member of the St. Louis Park High School Class of '55, and graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, MO. A lifelong educator, she began her career teaching kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan, where her husband Ray was stationed while in the Air Force. Upon their return to Minneapolis she went to work in the St. Louis Park School District, where she taught for several years before taking a leave to raise their two children. When the classroom called once again, she accepted a position teaching nursery school at Wayzata Community Church, where she remained for the next 33 years the last several acting as their Director. An accomplished pianist, she also gave private piano lessens during her after school time, teaching hundreds of kids to play over the years. Her retirement years were spent with good friends and good books. She enjoyed a good iced tea and having her toes in the sand, a slice of key lime pie, and family time on the North Shore - licorice crisp ice cream and living the Carefree life in Big Lake, MN. She also loved a good card game, winning most of the time; despite having the worst "tell" at the table - a very noticeable forward lean every time she had a good hand. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Laura. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten, by those she leaves behind. She is survived by her daughter Kim (Brad) Schmierer of Rogers, MN, son Tom (Kris) Anderson of Chanhassen, MN and granddaughter Laura Schmierer of Rogers, MN. She was preceded in death by husband Ray Anderson and parents Harry and Ruth (Gorder) Carpenter. In addition to loving family and friends, Jean always had a loyal dog by her side. She is no doubt playing with them all now, with pockets full of "cookies". A private family interment at Acacia Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, a donation to Canine Companions for Independence is preferred. cci.org
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