Audre Anderson
Anderson Funeral Home - DeKalb
2011 South Fourth Street
Dekalb, IL
Audre Anderson
Audre Anderson is no longer in our arms, but always in our hearts. She passed away peacefully at her DeKalb, IL home at the age of 88 on June 9, 2021.
She was born in Chicago on March 15, 1933. Audre met the love of her life, Ronald Anderson, on a walk through Grant Park in Chicago. They were married in 1956. She and Ron built a beautiful life together adding two daughters, Nancy (Brent Riley) Anderson and Wendy (Chris) Maka, to their family. Sadly, Ron passed away while the girls were still young.
Transitioning into a new life as a single parent, Audre reentered the full time workforce in 1981. She took over the printing business headed by her late husband, taking considerable time and effort completing classes in Chicago to learn and understand the many skills necessary to do this new job.
She later returned to the nursing career she had begun in 1956. Her involvement in DeKalb area healthcare spans many years. Audre earned her B.S. in Nursing from NIU in 1968. She served as administrator of the DeKalb County Health Department during its formative years, 1966 to 1971. She was named to the DeKalb Public Hospital Advisory Board in 1971.
Audre joined the Kishwaukee Community Health Services Center (KCHSC) Board in 1974, serving for many years being elected to chair the Board of Directors of KCHSC in 1982. She was also involved in the building of major health facilities, including the Ben Gordon Mental Health Center, Oak Crest Retirement Center and Kishwaukee Community Hospital. She was active in the local county Health Planning Committee from its inception. She also served on the regional board of Comprehensive Health Planning of Northern Illinois and on the Health Facilities Planning Committee which set standards and criteria for the expansion of hospitals in the area.
Audre held positions at the DeKalb Public Hospital, Sycamore Municipal Hospital, NIU School of Nursing, DeKalb County Health Department, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, and DeKalb County Hospice. She cherished her work as a visiting nurse and worked as a Hospice nurse until she was nearly 80, rounding out her career in the Hospice program that she helped bring to DeKalb during her board tenure. She truly loved her work.
When not caring for her family and countless others through her health system involvement, Audre spent her time traveling around the globe and experiencing local culture through museums, theater, music and sightseeing. She truly enjoyed researching and planning trips. She visited Slovenia, Spain, England, France, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, almost every state in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands, among other places.
Audre is survived by her two daughters who adored her, grandchildren Andrew Cliffe and Kelsey (Darren) Gu, niece Susan Mertes, several cousins, and extended family along with a few family dogs she enjoyed spending time with. She was a longtime member of DeKalb's First United Methodist church, where she formed cherished lifelong friendships.
A celebration of Audre's life will be held indoors on July 22, 2021 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at one of her favorite local places, Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward Street, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. A short service will take place at 6 PM. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls via Questions may be directed to Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.
Published by Daily-Chronicle from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
4:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Blumen Gardens
403 Edward Street, Sycamore, IL
Blumen Gardens
403 Edward Street, Sycamore, IL
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July 21, 2021
I have many fond memories of Audre. My most favorite memory is that she and her daughters and their husbands all attended my wedding in 2015. It was such a joy to see her and my cousins enjoying the day with Erle and me, dancing on the dance floor:) I also have many fond memories of visiting Audre, Nancy and Wendy over the years as I was growing up. We would often go to their house, and sometimes visit Sandwich (?), IL and get dollhouse furniture for my dollhouse. I remember Audre's beautiful dollhouse that my mother played with as a little girl and which I believe Nancy may have in her house now. Nancy and Wendy may not know it, but Audre visited Chicago a couple of times over the years when I was living there as part of a group trip to the city, and I would meet her at the Art Institute. She had such a love of art and travel! Finally, I will never forget how she took care of David, whom I believe was her nephew. He was deaf and my mother loved to sign with him when she visited. Audre was an amazing caregiver to him and I am sure to countless others as a nurse. She was incredibly strong and determined, raising Nancy and Wendy after Ron passed. She will be missed by so many people:(
Alyssa Stahl Fajardo
June 26, 2021
I cherish my childhood memories of time spent with Audre, Nancy, and Wendy. Audre was always encouraging our play and creativity. My condolences to the family.
Manda McKay
June 23, 2021
On behalf of Fr. Scott Donahue and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Audre Anderson. May the angels lead her into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome her and take her to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
June 17, 2021
I am very sorry for your loss and sadden to hear of her passing. I worked with Audre at the Health Department for Home Care and Hospice as a young nurse. She was a wonderful inspiration and mentor to me. Her patients loved her. I also remember her kindness, laugh, and words of wisdom. I loved hearing her stories of the adventures during her travels and how brave/independent I thought she was. Sending much sympathy and many prayers to your family. Heaven truly gained an angel.
Laura Powers
June 17, 2021
I´m saddened to hear of this. I worked with Audre at the Health Dept and deeply loved and admired her. I now live 90 miles away but visited 3 times (the last on her birthday and was turned away) at DCNH. I think of her often and feel she was a great influence to all who worked with her in any capacity. Now she will rest comfortably in heaven.
Margit Olsen Scott
June 16, 2021
What a loving and caring person your mom was. I did her hair at Dekalb County Nursing Home for a couple years. Come to find out she took care of my Dad with hospice in the late 90's. She always remembered her clients. Will miss her gratitude
Jane Bidstrup
June 16, 2021
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