May 24, 2013


Shirley Andersen, 85, of Carroll and formerly of the Webb-Spencer, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 21, at SunnyBrook Assisted Living in Carroll.

A private family graveside service will be held at Saturday, June 1, at Garfield Township Cemetery near Webb with the Rev. Mark Peterson of Iowa Hospice officiating.

Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home of Carroll is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Born Jan. 21, 1928, in Pocahontas, Iowa, she was a daughter of Harry and Myrtle (Butler) Johnson. She lived and went to school in Pocahontas. Shirley married Kenneth Andersen on Sept. 5, 1945 in Willmar, Minn. Kenneth and Shirley lived on a farm in the Webb area until retiring in 1983. In 1987 they moved to an acreage near Spencer and in 2006 moved to Sunset Apartments in Spencer. Shirley then moved to Carroll and lived at SunnyBrook Assisted Living.

Shirley loved living on the farm and enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and gardening. Shirley took care of every stray cat on her farm and acreage and made sure they were all fed. Shirley liked going to garage sales and the New Hope Bargain Store. Shirley had a large collection of toy stuffed animals.

Shirley is survived by three children, Michael W. Andersen of Pocahontas, Sharon Halder and her husband Dennis of Carroll, and Jim Andersen and his wife Kathi of Hinton, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother Howard Johnson of California; and several nieces, nephews, and many good friends at SunnyBrook.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth; her parents; a brother Dale; and three sisters: Mary Cox, Leona Winegarden and Dorothy Lynch.