Liselotte N. Andersson died peacefully on Monday, January 6, 2014 at age 97 years. Her spirit was happy and gentle, and her intellect keen and inquisitive. Born in Germany in 1916, she survived WWI and WWII in Europe and moved with her beloved husband and New Orleans Opera conductor, Dr. Knud Andersson, and two small children, to America in 1952. After earning a Master's Degree in Library Sciences from the University of Cologne, she became a librarian at the International House (1959-61) and served as music librarian at Tulane University's Maxwell Music Library (1962-86). Liselotte presided over the music library's substantial expansion and its move into the current Howard-Tilton Library. She was also a prominent member of the national Music Library Association and organized the annual MLA meeting in New Orleans in 1979. An avid gardener who loved the climate and beauty of New Orleans, Liselotte was also a faithful attendee at local classical music concerts. She was one of few who received a certificate attesting to her attendance at each of Fr. Sean Duggan's concerts in his complete series of Bach keyboard works. She rarely missed a Friends of Music chamber concert. She had wide intellectual curiosity and was known to research and read all she could about new ideas and people that interested her. She enjoyed a love of literature, and was herself a gifted writer, producing in loving detail a history of her early years in Germany, which she gave to her family in chapters as successive annual Christmas gifts. Liselotte is survived by her three children: W. Paul Andersson (Billie) of New Orleans, Christiane Andersson of Lewisburg, PA, and Dr. Hans C. Andersson (Whitney Stewart) of New Orleans; by four grandchildren whom she nurtured and loved, Dita Andersson (Nick) Everett of Toronto, Canada, Elizabeth Andersson (John) Logan of New York City, Andrea Andersson (John) Cable of New York City, and Christoph Andersson of New Orleans; and by five great-grandchildren, who will all miss her good humor and unending kindness. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation and Funeral Service at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Friday, January 10, 2014. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by a service in our chapel at 12:00 Noon. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Mrs. Andersson's memory to the New Orleans Friends of Music.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2014