Arlene Vander Vegt

Arlene Vander Vegt

Arlene (Cook Anderson) Vander Vegt, died on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at GracePointe Gables West in Cambridge, MN. She was 95 years old.
Arlene was born to Russell and Esther (Palmer) Cook in Cheyenne, WY on December 18, 1921, the oldest of four children. The Cook family moved to Minneapolis in 1933, seeking medical care for Arlene’s brother who had contracted polio. She graduated at Columbia Heights High School in 1940 and was a graduate of the Christian Workers Course at Bethel College in 1942. She married Rev. Elwood D. Anderson of West Pointe, NE in 1945. Arlene and Elwood had three children.
Arlene served faithfully alongside her husband in pastoring nine churches throughout the U.S. She taught Sunday School, played organ, and served in every way a pastors wife can serve. She loved God’s work and God’s people wherever she found them. She was known for her servant spirit and her vibrant love for the Lord. After Elwood’s passing in 1991, she married Andrew Vander Vegt from Mora in 1996. They caringly served each other during years of declining health until Andy’s death in 2009. Arlene had been a resident of GracePointe in Cambridge since 2012.
Arlene worked as bookkeeper, teller and personal banker with several banks and savings and loan associations. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteered often at GracePointe. She was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist in Mora and North Isanti Baptist in Cambridge.
Arlene is survived by her daughter Sheryl (Jack) Olson; sons, Steven (Harriet) Anderson and Ronald (Clarice “Sunny”) Anderson; step-children, David (Sherrie) Vander Vegt, Stanley (Mely) Vander Vegt, and Jerry (Susan) Vander Vegt; sister Ruth Ann Olson; sister-in-law Arlene Cook; eight grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at North Isanti Baptist Church in Cambridge with Pastor Ivan Fiske officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the North Isanti Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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