Audrey Ann Vigerust Anderholm
Audrey Ann Vigerust passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Audry was born Feb. 17, 1927 in Menomonie, Wis. Her parents were Anton and Oline Freseth Vigerust. Audrey was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. In 1949, she graduated from Stout Institute in Menomonie. Audrey and Ferd Anderholm, son of Anselm and Ruth Anderholm, met in 1933 in Sunday School. They waited until Aug. 20, 1949, to be married at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Ferd died in 2004 at Rochester, Minn.
Ferd and Audrey have five children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Ellen and husband Mark Felix and children, Daniel (wife, Jessica, and sons, Edison and Miles) and Joel (wife, Julia and daughters, Adalyn and Sienna), Nancy Engel and children, Carl (wife, Elyse and sons, Bergen and Gunnar) and Grete, Peggy Anderholm and husband, Greg Muirhead, Eric and wife, Beth and children, Matthew, Jack, Lucy and Bobbi, David and wife, Julie and children, Kaitlyn, Benjamin (wife, Lauren) and Joseph.
Audrey and Ferd started their married life in Spring Green, Wis., where Audrey taught school while Ferd finished his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Upon his graduation, Ferd joined IBM and they moved several times with his job. In each new town Audrey taught school, until they moved to Fargo, where Ellen was born, and she stayed home to raise their children. Nancy and Peggy were born in Endicott, N.Y., and in 1959 they made their last move to Rochester where the boys were born. After her children were grown, Audrey obtained her realtor license and sold real estate for several years. She said it was an interesting job, and paid better, but was not as rewarding as teaching school. Audrey and Ferd enjoyed summering at their cabin in Menomonie, and after retirement, wintered in Arizona.
Audrey was an active volunteer while raising her children. She was a past president of AAUW, president of the Rochester Public Library Board, President of the Regional Library Board, Trustee Representative to the Minnesota State Library Board and served on the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation. In addition, Audrey was also a Girl and Boy Scout Leader, Public School volunteer, taught Sunday school and was involved in many other church activities.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Ferd; her mom and dad; her mother and father in law; five sisters, Hazel Grudt, Oletta Simon, Ruth Vigerust, Julia Hardy and Peggy Stevens; one infant brother, Robert; and adult nieces, Pat Grudt Clough, Barbara Simon Iverson; and nephews, Tony Grudt, Steve Simon; and her much loved poodles.
Audrey is also survived by 13 very nice nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in the summer of 2021 in Clear Lake, Wis., with a "very nice party" to follow – as she would have wanted.
Memorials can be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund; Clayton, Wis. 54947.