August 19, 1916 – September 1, 2014. Lucille was born in Hartford, Wisconsin, on August 19, 1916, to Otto and Ella Rost Rannow.
As a child, she enjoyed ice skating, playing field hockey and many other sports. She graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine. On August 3, 1935, she married Fred Anderson and became a full-time homemaker in Racine. While in Racine, they were blessed with a son and daughter. In 1972, they moved to New London to retire and be near their daughter Nancy and her family. Here, they built their own house from start to finish. Lucille loved flowers. She planted many beautiful flowers all around the yard and house. She also loved to do crafts. She would make these beautiful floral arrangements out of natural dried plants and flowers to decorate the hand crafted wood vases that Fred turned out on his lathe. They even had a little store on their screen porch with their creations and would also travel to craft fairs around the New London area as members of the Wolf River Art League. They were quite popular around the area and would even receive special orders from special tables, to lamps, to shelves, to candle stick holders.
As an adult, she loved anything from concerts, to plays, to musicals, to ice skating, to tennis, to golf, and bowling. Her mantles were filled with bowling and golf trophies. She enjoyed both playing and watching sports. She was an avid supporter of the girl’s athletics in New London. She was always attending the New London School District athletic events and rooting on the home team along with the current musical performances. She loved to sing, dance and listen to music. She was a very talented seamstress, too. She could sew anything, including most of her clothes. She liked to play cards and would go to card parties at the town hall in North Port every week. She also loved to bake. Whether it was cookies, pies or birthday cakes, she always paid attention to fine detail. She would even paint the frostings on with paint brushes. She loved staying up late and watching all of the late shows, like Johnny Carson, Konan and David Letterman. In the earlier days, she would listen to the trading post and read the paper every day like clockwork. She especially loved having the family over for holiday gatherings or after ball games for snacks. During the summers, she loved spoiling her grandchildren and playing pit, kings in the corners, rummy royal, croquet and swimming in the river with them. It was a barrel of fun at Granny’s for all the grandkids.
After having a stroke late in August, Lucille passed away on September 1, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Lu (Thomas) Larsen, New London; sister Nancy Jacobsen, East Moleen, IL; brothers: Cliff Rannow, Florence, OR; Bob Rannow, Chicago, IL; Rich Rannow, Jacksonville, FL; nieces, Robin Rannow, Jeffersonville, IN; Terry Hayes; nephews, Rich Jr. Rannow, Canton, GA and Tracy Rannow, Jacksonville, FL. Also grandchildren: Robert D. (Heidi) Larsen, Alameda, CA; William J. (Ruth) Larsen, Marion; Betty A. Larsen, New London; Byron C. (Kristen) Larsen, Copenhagen, NY; Brenda Larsen (Duane) Grove, New London; Cara (Steven) Pfeiffer, Racine; Kris (Lynn) Moldenhauer, Madison; Derek (Monique) Anderson, Owings, MD; Deron (Lynnette) Anderson, Brookfield; as well as great-grandchildren: Chris Larsen , Teckla , Fred, Axel, Woodie (Larsen), Digger, Dallin, Maxwell, Alexander, Anna Marie Rose (Larsen), Tommy, Nick (Grove), Becky (Anthony) Arndt, Thomas (Amber) Pfeiffer, Jamie Pfeiffer, Sara, Jack (Moldenhauer), Emily, Joshua (Anderson), Michael, Natalie, and Scott (Anderson), and great-great-grandchildren Orion, Gabriel (Larsen), Vincent Holmes, Aaron, Amelia (Arndt). Lucille was preceded by the earlier death of her parents; her husband, Fred; her sisters, Merle and Betty, and her brothers, Vern, Lawrence, Ervin (Chick), and Dick and her son, David. Lucille would not want us to mourn her death, but would want us to celebrate her long, good and healthy life. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services for Lucille will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home, New London with Rev. Kate Croskery-Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery, New London. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.