Pauline Anderson, 93, of Gothenburg, NE died February 16, 2018 at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, NE.
Leonora Pauline (Pike) Anderson was born on Halloween (October 31,1924) to Frank and Zonona (Coburn) Pike at Newaygo Michigan. Pauline grew up on the family farm and graduated from Newaygo High School in 1943. She moved to Muskegon, MI following graduation to work in an airplane factory in support of the war effort. When the war ended, she went to work for an orthodontist, but feeling the call of God to be a missionary, she moved to Milwaukee, WI and attended Milwaukee Bible Institute (now Grace Bible College). She graduated in 1949 and spent the following year teaching Bible in the public schools in Arkansas.
Pauline met Delmar Anderson of Brady, NE at Bible School, fell in love, and they were married on July 8, 1950 in Newaygo. They spent the next few months visiting churches and raising support for their mission work in the Belgian Congo. The couple left the shores of the USA on March 1, 1951 on a Norwegian tanker. After several stops along the African coast, they arrived in the Belgian Congo on April 1. They continued their trip up the Congo river on an old Mississippi paddle-boat, arriving at Mission Kama on April 15.
Throughout her time as a missionary she was in charge of a girls’ school, taught kindergarten, and taught women to sew, as well as raising a family. When Congo received its independence, the family was forced to return to the US, settling in Colorado. Del pastored the Cope Community Church for seven years and Pauline enjoyed raising her girls, teaching Sunday School, and was active in the Women’s Ministry and Extension Club. When her girls were older, she began working away from home as a bookkeeper and secretary In Cope, Sterling and then Greeley, Colorado.
Del and Pauline’s final church was Grace Memorial in Denver, CO from 1986 until they retired from full time ministry in 1994. They then moved to the Wild Horse Valley, north of Brady, NE. Once again, Pauline became active with the women’s group at Svea Dal Church and extension club. In 2006 Del and Pauline moved to Gothenburg. Following Del’s passing, Pauline moved to Stone Hearth Estates.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Del, daughter Alyce Christine, granddaughter Jordanne Gerbing, son in law Ted Magnuson, and parents Frank and Zonona Pike.
Pauline is survived by her daughters: Susie Magnuson, Eaton, Colorado; Donna (Fred) Priest, Orlando Florida; Coni (Randy) Darling, Riverton, Wyoming; Dotty (Dale) Wheatley, Shelton, Washington; and Deanna Anderson, Brady, Nebraska; Sisters Nadine Johnson, Portland Oregon and Eloise Wasilchenko, Newaygo, Michigan; 8 grand Children and 23 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Grace Bible College or Radio Kahuzi, c/o Deanna Anderson 2565 S. North Valley road, Brady, NE 69123
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Svea Dal Covenant Church at 2:00 PM.