This is Britta Stina (Bertha) Anderson’s obituary, taken from the Odebolt Chronicle, Vol. 37, Odebolt, Iowa,  1 Feburary, 1923.

Bertha, as she was called in the United Sates, lived first in Wheeler Township on a farm until her husband died.  By 1900 she and her children lived in a house in nearby Hayes Township of Ida County.  Her son, Andrew, later purchased a small home for her in Odebolt along the highway on the north side.  Bertha died at the home of her daughter, Anna.  She is buried in Odebolt Cemetery near the northeast corner, and her faithful son, Andrew, is buried next to her. 


One by one the aged residents of this vicinity are answering the call of the angel of death, and passing from the homes that hold them so dear.  Mrs. Bertha Anderson, an aged and esteemed woman of Odebolt, passed from this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sigurd Carlson in Cook township, at eleven o’clock Wednesday evening, January 24.

While Mrs. Anderson has been in frail health for several years, she was confined to her bed only about ten days prior to her death, which was due to paralysis.

A brief service was held at the Carlson home at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, and at two o’clock, the funeral service was held at the Evangelical Mission church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. O. Lonnquist, assisted by the Rev. L. A. Almquist of Chicago, Ill.

Interment was made in the Odebolt cemetery, with Gust Hammerstrom, A. S. Dahlstrom, David Carlson, P. O. Hedberg, John Huldeen and C. J. Carlson, acting as pall bearers.

Bertha S. Larson was born in Lidkoping, Westergotland, Sweden, May 15, 1844.  She grew to womanhood there, and in 1875 was united in marriage with Olaus Anderson.  

The family left the homeland and came to the United States in 1882, coming to Odebolt, and locating on a farm southwest of town.  In 1886 Mr. Anderson died, leaving the widow to rear her family and face life alone.  For many years she has been a resident of Odebolt, and was known as a woman who stood for the things of life that were right and for pure and honest living.  She was the mother of five children – three sons and two daughters;  one son, Carl, died about 22 years ago.

She has seen much sorrow and the hard things of life, and they have been bravely borne.  She has gone to her reward.

Those who are left to mourn are her daughters;  (Anna) Mr. Sigurd Carlson of Odebolt, (Lena) Mrs. C. P. McDaniel of Rose Creek, Minnesota; her sons, Gust of Arthur, and Andrew of Gary, S.D.; her nephew and niece, Charles Larson of Odebolt, and Mrs. Joel Johnson of Wall Lake.  She leaves also four small grand children.  She was one of four children, and was the last of the family.

The family have the sympathy of their friends in their bereavement.  

Relatives from out of town who were here for the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. C. P. McDaniel and sons, Curtis and Glenn of Rose Creek, Minn.;  Gust Anderson of Arthur and Mrs. Joel Johnson of Wall Lake.