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Obituary: Adena Margarita Anderson

Adena Margarita Anderson died March 22, 2013, at 105 years. She was born on a farm in Rosendale, Wisconsin March 14, 1908 to Anna and Herman Haberkorn, the youngest of seven. Adena attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in home economics, and that is where she met her husband, Albin (Andy). It was he who nicknamed her Dean. They were married in 1934, and moved to New York in 1936 when Andy was transferred by the A&P Tea Company to establish its quality control laboratory. They settled in Manhasset in 1941. Adena was very active in the Manhasset Girl Scouts where she was a leader for many years. She started the Turnover Shop (resale of secondhand clothes), which raised money in support of Manhasset Public Schools. Adena taught at Grace Institute and was a substitute teacher in high school home economics. 


Adena was a member of Church of Our Saviour Lutheran since 1941 where she was active in the Ruth Circle and other areas of the church throughout her life. Her greatest pleasure was establishing memorial plantings at the church where she met her “second son” Gregory Suridis. Dean loved life and was a consummate storyteller, particularly about her own foibles. She was a masterful hostess and loved entertaining. She had a wide circle of friends who brought her incredible joy especially in the last several years as her health declined. She loved giving to others and spent her entire life reaching out to those around her in many different ways.  Until the day she died she was thinking about how she could thank others for their kindnesses. 


Adena is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Al Rasch and Lauren Preston of Seattle, her son, Thomas Anderson, daughter-in-law, Gina and granddaughter, Erica of Brooklyn, and her niece Sonja Pluess of Edgerton, WI.  Andy, her beloved husband of 56 years, and her cherished grandson David Rasch of Seattle predeceased her. She died peacefully at her home. Her memorial service was held at the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran, 1901 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY, on March 28. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Adena’s memory may be made to the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran.