Thelma Beatrice Anderson Wassman 97, one day before her 98th birthday at Truman Senior Living in Truman.

Thelma Beatrice Anderson Wassman 97, one day before her 98th birthday at Truman Senior Living in Truman. A  Public Graveside  Service  was held on Nov. 21, at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Galena Township, rural Ormsby, with Rev. John Meyer officiating. There will be a Service of Remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Galena Township, rural Ormsby. Messages of sympathy can be sent to the family on line at
Thelma was born on Nov. 15, 1919 in Galena Township, Martin County,  daughter of Carl and Mina (Stenberg) Anderson.  She was baptized and confirmed at Waverly Lutheran Church and attended a one room country school (Martin County School District #82) in Waverly Township.  She graduated from St. James High School and St. Olaf College. Following college she taught in high schools at Sioux Valley and Hayfield and in rural Watonwan County School Districts #32 and #27.  Thelma married Ervin Wassman in 1945 and joined Immanuel Lutheran Church of Galena where she taught Sunday school, VBS, Release time, sang in the choir and was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  As a member of the Truman Retirement Home Auxiliary, she enjoyed many years as a Remotivation leader and also was appreciated for her lefse-making contributions.  She served on the Women’s committee of the Martin County Farm Bureau and wrote regular articles for the state Farm Bureau Newspaper. She also enjoyed participating in the Watonwan County Home Economics Teachers Club, Home Extension club and Garden Club. Ervin and Thelma farmed all their lives in rural Ormsby, on the border of Martin and Watonwan Counties.  Thelma loved gardening, canning, baking, and working on sewing projects including piecing World Relief Quilts.
Survivors include two daughters: Carola Cantrall (Bob) of  Dixon, Calif., Barbara Johnson (Rick) of Daniel, Wyo.; two sons: Gary Wassman (Linda) of Truman, Brian Wassman (Julie) of Scandia; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-greatgrandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Mina Anderson; husband, Ervin, granddaughter, Leah Voosen; sister and brother-in-law, Merle and Marion Gaalswyk; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clair and Dorothy Anderson and Sanford and Bernice Anderson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Ed Koester; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elsie and Edwin Hilgendorf; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norbert and Martha Wassman.