Marian Andersen


August 26, 1925 - October 15, 2020


Marian Andersen, 95, of Mitchell, SD formerly of Woonsocket, SD, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Avera Brady Health Care in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday, October 19 at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket. The family requests that masks are worn at the service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel. 

Marian Burdell (Jensen) Andersen was born on August 26, 1925 to Clifford and Nellie (Heggen) Jensen at the family home near Storla, SD.  She joined her older brothers John and Lloyd.  She was later joined by brother Willis, sister Ardis, and brothers Bobby and Leslie.  Marian spent her early years going to country school and started high school in Letcher, SD. The family moved to Alpena, SD where she graduated from Alpena High School in 1943.  There was a need for country school teachers, so she began going to school to become a teacher. Marian then taught country school for nine years.  While teaching country school, she met her handsome sailor, Martin Andersen, Jr. who she fondly called Andy.  They married on June 18, 1949 in Storla, SD.   Marian loved substitute teaching, and was Woonsocket School’s business manager for 30 years, until retiring in 1998. 

Marian was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, and was very active in all aspects, including Sunday School, Bible School, Circle, WELCA, Thrivent for Lutherans, and Choir. She was an active member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 29 and the American Cancer Society.   Marian was very patriotic and often wore red, white, and blue.  She was well-known for her mints, buck shots, and banana split dessert.   Marian loved telling stories and singing songs, especially with children. She was very proud of her family, and always enjoyed sharing stories about them and introducing them to people.  Marian loved to walk and did so daily, covering many miles in a day.  She was a survivor of both polio and cancer, and proudly claimed that she didn’t have an ache or a pain. She and Martin (Andy) lived on the Pony Hills west of Woonsocket until moving to Mitchell in 2016.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Dan) Hinker, Woonsocket; son, Jim (Sheri) Andersen, Mitchell;  two grandchildren, Luke (Stacy) Andersen, Clear Lake and Jennifer Hinker, Woonsocket; two great-granddaughters, Josie and Laycee Andersen, both of Clear Lake; brothers, Bob (Ruth) Jensen, Alpena, and Leslie (Mary Louise) Jensen, Alpena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John, Lloyd, and Willis; sister, Ardis Grace; infant sisters, Nellie and Betty Jean; and grandson, Joshua Hinker.



None Scheduled


Monday, October 19, 2020
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Eventide Cemetery
Woonsocket, SD

Posted by Connie Swenson on November 15, 2020
My sympathy.
Posted by Debbie Spencer on October 20, 2020
All my love and prayers to the family. God Bless
Posted by Karen Harrington on October 20, 2020
Judy and Jim and Jensen family - I am sorry for your loss! I enjoyed getting to know your mom when she was at Countryside! Thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Josie estabrook on October 19, 2020
Very sorry for your loss she’s very sweet lady ,she well be missed..
Posted by DOROTHY PARKER on October 19, 2020
Posted by Julie Ashworth on October 19, 2020
Your mom was such a gem. I know what a loss tbis will be for you on a daily basis. Blessings on her life. Sending prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Melissa Hopkins Brown Missy on October 18, 2020
Marian was a very special lady. She will be missed dearly I remember her telling me stories Prayers to the Family
Posted by Helen Fadness on October 18, 2020
Sorry for your loss. She led our VBS program many years at Bethany. A caring woman.
Posted by Jo Ann Twedt on October 18, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest condolences.
Posted by Colton Hotchkiss on October 18, 2020
I loved the days we would have Mrs. A come and substitute shes how I learned about the dirty 30s
Posted by Marian Neshiem on October 18, 2020
She was always a special lady to our family when my husband was pastor in Woonsocket and our adult children always remember her banana split dessert .
Posted by Deanne (Hannemann) DeRungs on October 18, 2020
My memories of Marian go back to the early 1980's when I was a teacher in school system. She was always a warm smile wherever I saw her. My sympathy to your family and peace to you in the days ahead. God bless Marian's memory.
Posted by Ted Powell on October 18, 2020
Marian was such a help and friend when i was a teacher in Woonsocket in the early 80s. She had a grest personality and i am sure the family has many many bittersweet sympathy to all of you.
Posted by Margie and Chuck Larson on October 18, 2020
So sorry for your loss. She was such a nice lady!
Posted by Donna (Grace) McCURRY on October 17, 2020
Marian was a very special lady. I was one of the children she sang to and told stories to. Prayers to the family.
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