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Obituary for Anna Mae Lancaster
Anna Mae Lancaster Anthon, IA - Anna Mae Lancaster, 81, of Anthon, Iowa died Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at the Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in Correctionville, Iowa. The Funeral Mass is Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Anthon, Iowa with Rev. Dan Greving officiating along with Deacon Ray Rosburg. Burial will be in Mt. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Anthon. Visitation will be at the church Sunday, January 5 after 4:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and the Vigil Wake Service at 6:00 p.m. followed by the American Legion Auxiliary Service. Visitation will resume Monday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the service time at the church. Armstrong Funeral Home of Anthon is in charge of the arrangements. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Anna Mae (Peters) Lancaster, 81, of Anthon, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center. Anna Mae was born August 19, 1932, near Danbury, Iowa, the youngest child of George and Bertha (Clausen) Peters. At nearly three pounds at birth, she was laid in a shoebox and put in the warming closet of a cook stove for an incubator. When she was seven years old, her parents moved to Anthon where she lived her life. Anna Mae, known as "Tootie" to friends and family, started working in Garrison's grocery store around 1945. Later she worked for Mike and Tudy Dicks at Mike's Market and also helped part time at Pork's Anthon Market. She graduated from Anthon High School in 1952. On September 6, 1958, she married Walter Philip Lancaster in Anthon, Iowa, whom she had met while working at the grocery store. Walter died February 16, 1994. To this union two daughters were born, Martha and Margie. Anna Mae was not only a dedicated farm wife and mother, but started her own feeder pig business separate from Walter's in the 1970's. After Walter died in 1994, she continued to live on the family farm with her beloved yellow lab, Tuffy, and later her black lab, Max, until 2012 when she moved to Whispering Creek Active Retirement Community. Anna Mae was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Anthon and The Ladies Auxiliary McNiff Post for over 60 years. She delighted in her children and grandchildren, and most recently her great grandson. Anna Mae loved to laugh and make people laugh. She was a do-it-yourself carpenter and passed that skill along to her daughters. When her girls were bored and asked "Mommy, what can we do?" she would reply "Honey, you can do anything under the sun". Anna Mae was preceded in death by her parents, George and Bertha; her husband, Walter; special "sister-in-law", Belva Markusen; and her beloved yellow lab, Tuffy. Survivors include her brother, Arthur Jack Peters of Correctionville; daughters Martha (Curt) Kaufman of Gilbert, Arizona, and Margie Lancaster of Anthon; two grandchildren, Derek Kaufman of Omaha, Nebraska, and Britney Kaufman of Gilbert, Arizona; one great grandchild, Jaxon Kaufman of Gilbert, Arizona; nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved black lab, Max.