June Aanderud, age 87, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at home under hospice care. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Visitations will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings.
June was born on Sept. 24, 1931, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, the daughter of Oliver and Ingrid (Nelson) Norheim. She received her education in rural schools in North Dakota, and was a graduate of the Benson Co. High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Wallace Aanderud on June 18, 1950 in Maddock, ND. During her early working years, June was employed as a Dental Technician in Maddock, ND and a Dairy Research Lab Technician at OSU and SDSU. She later received her Real Estate Broker’s License, owned and operated Aanderud Real Estate, Inc. in Brookings, being named “Realtor of The Year”. In the 1980’s, with her daughter, Annette Luthy, she owned and operated Alternative Enterprises Home Care in Brookings South Dakota and Black Hills Home Care in Deadwood.
June was a member of First Lutheran Church in Brookings, Brookings Realtors Association, State Board of Realtors, South Dakota Association of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, League of Women Voters (served as President), AARP, Sons of Norway, VFW Auxiliary, President of Ki-Wives, and Church Circle. She was active for many years as a Sunday School Teacher and was a Scouting and 4-H Leader. June studied art at SDSU, enjoyed pencil sketching and watercolor as well as visits to museums when traveling, with the Louvre in Paris being a highlight. She enjoyed singing, reading and writing, with work published in the South Dakota Conservation Digest, but particularly enjoyed being outdoors in nature, canoeing, camping, fishing and hunting with her husband and family. June was very social; loved meeting new people. And they loved her back. She was one who made instant and long-lasting friendships.
In 2002, June moved to a retirement community in Vista, California, to spend time with her mother and extended family. There she served on the Board of Corona Del Vista before returning to the Midwest in 2017.
In 2007, June fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting her ancestral homes near Oslo and Bergen, Norway.
Survivors include her daughters, Annette (John) Luthy of Volga, and Joan (Steve) Bailey of Minneapolis, MN; daughter-in-law, Dora (Aanderud) Dissmeyer of Florida; siblings, Roy Norheim, Allen Norheim, Nadine Tisdale and Kay Nielsen; grandchildren Angela (John) Frances, Tonia (Rick) Bogue, Melissa (Joe) Wiedow, Brian (Andrea) Aanderud, Justus (Christina) Luthy, Dora Li (Dustin) Luthy Harrison, Jason (Theresa) Kratochvil, Crystal (James) Hoffman, Scott Bailey, and Shaun Bailey; 24 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Gary; two infant children, Judith and Arlyn; one brother, Glenn Norheim; and one grandson, Daniel Luthy.
Memorials are preferred to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings.