Irene Anderson

March 5, 1921 ~ December 14, 2020 (age 99)


Irene Lois (Jarmuth) Anderson died at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Jackson December 14, 2020, at the age of 99.

Irene was born on March 5, 1921, to John and Lillian Jarmuth in Enterprise Township in Jackson County, Minnesota. She was baptized and later confirmed at Salem Lutheran church in Jackson where she was a life-long member.

After graduating from Jackson High School, she attended Wartburg College in Forest City, Iowa, before attending the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. Irene originally planned to be a flight attendant which required an RN designation at the time. At Kahler, Irene became a registered nurse and instead of flying, she became a surgical nurse – even working with several members of the Mayo family during her time in Rochester.

She eventually moved back to Jackson to work at the Windom area hospital before she met and married Myron L. Anderson in 1950. After a brief stay in Jackson, they moved to their farm in Enterprise township where they lived until 2008 when they moved to The Pines in Jackson.  A few years after Myron’s death in December 2010, Irene moved into the Good Samaritan Society nursing home where she remained until she died. This was also where she had spent nearly 20 years as an RN and charge nurse prior to her retirement.

Despite working full time at the Good Sam, Irene loved to garden. Unless it was needed for a recipe, she rarely bought canned or frozen vegetables. She canned or froze her own vegetables straight from the garden. Her family especially misses her strawberry jam and dill pickles.

In their retirement years, My and I traveled to Arizona to visit her sister and brother-in-law and to Delaware to visit her aunt Emma. While still on the farm, Irene and Myron also enjoyed regular coffee time with neighbors, Brent and Kevin Christopher, and Sunday lunch with their good friends from Salem Lutheran.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Mary Sargent, Jackson; Janet and Steve Gardner of Custer SD; and son John and Carol of Fargo, ND. Grandchildren include Nathan (Chelsey) Sargent, Jackson; Derek Sargent, Mankato; Haylee Sargent of Jackson; Alissa (Cory) Helm of Fargo. Great grandchildren: Dominic, Lehti, Mia and Asher.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Myron, brother Henry Jarmuth; sister Alice Olson; numerous aunts, uncles, brothers- and sisters-in law, cousins and many friends and former co-workers.

The family is planning a memorial service for summer 2021.



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