Beverly E. Andersen

January 31, 1936 — July 20, 2019

 Beverly E. (Stecker) Andersen was born Jan. 31, 1936, in Titonka, Iowa, to Henry and Margaret (Sleper) Stecker. The oldest of 10 children, she spent her youth on the family farm near Titonka.

She made her way to the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minn., where she met and married Maury Andersen, a pharmacist with a partnership in a local drug store.

They had three children in Minneapolis where she studied cooking under food chemist and author Verne Meyer. After some years, they sold their share of the partnership to buy a drug store in Blue Earth, Minn.

Bev taught cooking classes through the county extension program and a local cooking school. She taught young housewives to cook healthy food for families on a budget along with specialty classes. She furthered her cooking education by studying under traveling chefs, like Jacque Pepin, when they came through Minneapolis or in Paris when they traveled to Europe.

Between dinner parties for any reason, women’s and couples’s golf, multiple bridge groups, investing and cooking classes, she kept very busy. She mentored a young girl through the Kinship program and hosted foreign exchange students.

After raising a family for 14 years in Blue Earth, they sold the store and moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Bev became active in Friendship Force hosting many visiting travelers from around the world as well as keeping up with bridge, golf and traveling.

She was granted her final wish to see her great-granddaughter born shortly before she died at home on July 20, 2019. Her son and husband cared for her as she fought illness and cancer for over two years. She was 83 years old.

She is survived by her loving husband Maury; her three children, daughters Kristi Andersen and Wendy Traxler, both of Minneapolis; and son, Douglas in Sarasota, Fla.; her four sisters, Marlys (Bob) Randick of Lafayette, Calif., Virginia (Stan) Axtell of Greeley, Colo., Jocelyn Stecker of Minneapolis and Margaret Lichter of Burt, Iowa; her four brothers, Harlen Stecker of Isanti, Minn., Bruce (Joyce) Stecker of Buffalo, Minn., Lemont “Dick” Stecker of Hachita, N.M., and Dean (Linda) Stecker of Knoxville, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her brother Darrel Stecker, her parents Henry and Margaret Stecker, and a brother-in-law, Tom Lichter.

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