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  • Obituary: Marie Pauline Anderson

  • Marie was born June 21, 1914 to William and Lorena (Levenick) Quaday in Blue Earth, Minnesota.
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  • Marie was born June 21, 1914 to William and Lorena (Levenick) Quaday in Blue Earth, Minnesota.
    Following graduation from Blue Earth High School in 1930, she attended Winona State Teachers College and in 1932 received a two-year teaching certificate. After teaching two years in country school in her home district and four years in the Blue Earth elementary school, she enrolled in the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota as a Chemistry major. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1942, graduating with honors, the only woman in that year’s graduating class from the Institute of Technology.
    On June 21, 1942 she married Donald Anderson and for the following two years, worked as a chemist and chemical librarian for Economics Laboratory in St. Paul and New York City. She and Don both taught in the public school system in Dassell, MN, from 1944-45. Her teaching responsibilities were the science classes from grades 7 through 12. During 1947-48, she was employed in the Chemical Division of Orr & Sembower in Reading, PA, while Don attended Columbia University in New York.
    Returning to the Midwest, she and Don spent a year in Dubuque, IA, before settling in Fosston, MN. During the 11 years (1949-1960) in Fosston, she worked part-time as branch librarian for the Polk County Library, was involved in church and community activities, and devoted herself to passing along to her two daughters her insatiable curiosity, her joy in reading, and her love for science.
    After moving to Crookston, MN, in 1960, she served first as children’s librarian and then as headquarters librarian for the Polk County Library. In 1962-63, she was hired as librarian at Crookston Central High School and from 1963 until her retirement in 1976, she was head of elementary and later middle school library systems in Crookston.
    In 1980, she and Don retired to Bemidji, where she remained active in the Presbyterian Church, enjoyed summers on Rainy Lake, attended numerous music events in Bemidji, cross-country skied in Bemidji State Park until she was 90, and went faithfully to Peak Performance every morning. She was a caregiver, first for her mother, then her husband, and finally for friends who needed her “Anderson taxi” for errands.
    In 2010, ever ready for a new experience, she moved to live with her daughter (Elaine) and son-in-law (Perry) just north of Boston, MA. She was fond of saying she never thought this little Minnesota girl would live within eyesight of the Atlantic Ocean. Her gentle and sweet spirit quickly attracted another circle of friends, some of whom adopted her as great-grandmother. Survivors include daughter Carol Barnett (husband, John Tartaglia), daughter Elaine (husband, Perry Phillips), one brother (Richard Quaday of Blue Earth), sister-in-law (Stella Quaday of Naples, Florida), and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers (Carl and John), and her husband, Don.
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