NAIDINE B. AANENSON was born the second of ten children to Henry and Mildred (Long) Wulf on December 20, 1928, on the family farm in Lyon County, Iowa. She was born on the same farm as her father and started in the same school that he had attended. The family moved to a farm in Rock County, Minnesota in 1938. Naidine grew up working, playing with siblings and riding horses on the farm. She attended a one-room classroom at District #28 country school in Vienna Township through the eighth grade. She then attended Luverne High School where she graduated in 1948. As a teenager she dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Luverne, Minnesota. On July 2, 1948, Naidine was united in marriage to Edwin G. Aanenson in Luverne. The couple made their home in Luverne and was blessed with three children. In 1963, the family became members of the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Naidine worked as the secretary of the church for 29 years. She was an ordained Elder and Deacon, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Esther Circle at church. While her children were young, she was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and was a member of Extension Club. Together with her husband during these years, they enjoyed numerous softball games and square-dancing. Following her retirement, Naidine spent her time volunteering with the Pink Ladies (Hospital Auxiliary), the Rock County Historical Society and the Carnegie Art Center. Naidine had a spark in her eyes and kindness in her heart; she loved to give back to her community. Edwin preceded her in death on December 25, 2000. On Monday, August 8, 2022, Naidine went to join him in Heaven while at the Sanford Luverne Medical Center at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 18 days.
Naidine was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. She enjoyed genealogy, reading and crafts. One of her favorite memories was building grandfather clocks with her husband, Edwin, for their three children. She was a creative woman and enjoyed art, including painting and quilting. She was an avid fan of the game of baseball and loved the Minnesota Twins. She was grateful for being a 37 year cancer survivor and lived life with intention. She loved her family well and they loved her right back.
Naidine is remembered by her children, David (Mari) Aanenson of Carthage, IL, Becky (Dan) Anderson of Larchwood, IA and Bonnie (Alan) Leenderts of Hills, MN; eight grandchildren, Susan Gustaf, Wayne Aanenson, Aric (Rae Lynn) Leenderts, Tracee (Jerrad) Brouwer, Stephen Oden, Dave (Amber) Aanenson, Joe (Jaclyn) Aanenson and Ron (Brittany) Aanenson; and 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Audrey Munro of Sioux Falls, SD, Donald (Lola) Wulf of Sioux City, IA, Henry (Loretta) Wulf of Brainerd, MN, Ruth (Alan) Hendrickson of Citra, FL and Gordon (Pat) Wulf of Wellston, OK; sister-in-law, Carol Wulf of Luverne; and other family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; grandson, Jason Oden; and siblings, Elzora Ott, Franklin Wulf, Arthur Wulf, Leila Wulf.
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