Anderson, Dorothy Lois (Tinker)

Dorothy Lois (Tinker) Anderson, 92, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living in Winona. She was born on November 4, 1929, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., to William I. and Mary (Dedic) Tinker and had one brother, Richard Tinker. When her parents brought her home from the hospital, Richard took one look at his baby sister and said, “I’m going to call her Dollie.” That is how she got her nickname “Dollie,” and it stuck ever since. 

In 1949, Dorothy married Everett J. Anderson at Trinity Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wis. They were married for over 50 years and had three children. After Everett served in the United States Air Force, they moved to Harmony, Minn., where he began his banking career at Harmony State Bank. In 1969, they moved to Houston, where Everett was president of Security State Bank, and Dorothy was an executive secretary at Ace Telephone. Some of Dorothy’s interests were sewing, baking, gardening, bike riding, and golf. She liked the Twins and Brewers baseball teams as well as the Green Bay Packers football team. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served on the Houston Ambulance crew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Everett; her brother, Richard; her sister-in-law, Madonna Tinker; and a son, Larry K. Anderson. She is survived by two children, Sandy (Arlan) Runningen, and Bob P. Anderson; six grandchildren, Josh (Ashley) Swenson, Aaron (Katie) Swenson, Emily (Drew) Albin, Jake (Stefanny) Anderson, Brian (TerriAnn) Gaustad, and Taylor Anderson;  two step-grandchildren, Lee (Stephanie) Runningen and their three children, and Brent Runningen and his two children; eight great-grandchildren, Austin, Julia, Charlotte, Jackson, Gwendolyn, Evelyn, Palmer, and Andy; one niece, Renee Larson; two nephews, Jim (Janet) Tinker and Joe Tinker; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

We will all remember Dorothy (nicknamed “GG” by her great-grandchildren) for her many talents, her chocolate chip cookies, her perfect pies, her wonderful meals, her sense of humor, her kindness and graciousness, her giving heart, and especially her love for her family. She will be greatly missed!

Funeral services took place on Friday, July 22, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Hoff Funeral Home in Houston, with visitation before the service from 12-1 p.m. Dorothy was laid to rest at Prince of Peace Lutheran Cemetery in La Crescent. Online condolences may be left at