Carol A. (Wandline) Andersen (1954 - 2017)

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Carol A. Andersen, 62, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at her home in Austin, Texas after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Funeral services will be 11 am, Saturday, March 25th at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310. A brief graveside service will be held following the service at the adjacent cemetery. Visitation will be at the same location on Friday March 24th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Carol was born Sept. 21, 1954 in Des Moines, to Edwin and June Wandling.
She was united in marriage to Harvey J. Andersen, formerly of Exira, on Dec. 24, 1996.
During her life, Carol was an accomplished nursing practitioner, scholar, and educational advocate. Her nursing education began at Grand View University's Division of Nursing where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992. From there, Carol went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing in 1998 from the University of Iowa's College of Nursing, and her EdD doctorate in 2014 from the Columbia University Teachers College in New York City.
Carol's friendly manner, magnetic personality, and her ability to engage in constructive and interesting conversation drew all types of people to her. She had an uncanny knack for making perfect strangers feel as though they had been friends for years, and selflessly gave of her time to anyone who needed it.
Carol is survived by her husband Harvey J. Andersen; son John Crosby and wife Nancy; daughter Jamie Tucker and husband Bill Tucker; four grandchildren, all from Austin Texas; brother Donald Wandling and his wife Barbara of Naples, Fla., and Okoboji, and many other family, friends and colleagues.
A memorial scholarship fund to support undergraduate nursing education has been established by the family of Carol Fetters Andersen. For the full obituary and the memorial information please visit

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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Mar. 25 to Mar. 31, 2017