Mitchell, SD (formerly of Baltic)
April 12, 2024
Betty (Latza) Anderson of Mitchell, formerly of Baltic, passed away Friday, April 12th, 2024. Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at West Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Crooks, with a Prayer Service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Interment was at the Butler Cemetery, rural Letcher. Memorials may be given in Betty’s honor to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Betty was born to Anton and Anna Latza on July 28, 1941, in Mitchell, SD. She graduated from Letcher High School in 1959 and from South Dakota State University in 1963. In 1993, Betty earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Mankato State University. While at SDSU she met James Anderson. They were married June 23, 1963, and are so grateful to have over 60 years of marriage.
Betty’s greatest joy came from her children and grandchildren. Watching them enjoy her wonderful cooking and famous pies delighted her. She spent her career in education, retiring from Tri-Valley School District as Head Librarian. She and Jim lived on their farm west of Baltic for 46 years and then moved to Mitchell in July of 2022. Betty was very involved at West Nidaros Lutheran Church in multiple roles, and had gained a new church family of friends at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Following SDSU Jackrabbit events brought her great entertainment.
Betty is survived by her husband Jim and her two daughters: Lori Anderson (Chris Croghan) of Sioux Falls, SD and their children Jacob and Sara and Amy (Troy) Olson of Artesian, SD and their children Kayla (Tanner) VanWinkle and Trevor (Tristan) Olson; sister-in-law, Carol Latza, Woonsocket; and Jim’s siblings: June (Floyd) Wiesner, Brookings, and Jackie Fuehrer, Brookings.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Eugene and Albert (Mildred); Jim’s parents, Merle and Evelyn Anderson; Jim’s sister, Joan (Don) Bixby; and Jim’s brother-in-law, Clyde Fuehrer.
Funeral arrangements provided by Minnehaha Funeral Home.