Anna K. Andre
February 27, 1933 – March 31, 2021
FUNERAL SERVICE observing CDC guidelines: Saturday, April 3rd at 3pm at Westwood Heights Baptist Church, 3343 Pedersen Drive.
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Anna Katherine Andre was born Anna Katherine Jones on February 27, 1933. She was born to a family that, although they were unchurched, was very happy. Her father Carroll, mother Sarah, and big sister Hazel were in Kimball, Nebraska, where Carroll was working temporarily, when Anna was born. They returned to Laramie, Wyoming, before baby Anna turned one and most of her early life was lived out in that great state.
All of Anna’s recollections were happy ones until tragically her father took ill at work and he was taken to the hospital; he died just three days later. It made a lasting impression on her that they were never allowed to see his body because he was taken by meningitis and strict quarantine was observed. Anna was just five years old at the time.
After the death of her father, her young mother could not cope and turned to worldly distractions; by the time Anna was an early teen she was living in a troubled home. The family had grown and now included younger sister, Betty, and brothers, Eddie and Jerry.
It was at this time that friends asked her to Bible Study at the Nazarene Church. Here she learned of Christ and one day she trusted in Jesus as her Savior. She faithfully witnessed to her family both with words and a changed life. Eventually most of her family also came to faith in Christ.
She was still a teenager when she met Paul Andre and began courting. They were introduced by a pastor who knew them both and believed they would make a good team. They were married in Riverside, California, when she was just 19 years old. This marriage lasted until the death of Paul over 50 years later.
Over the years Anna was involved in countless Christian endeavors, especially children’s and women’s ministries. She was an excellent Bible teacher using traditional illustrated stories, flannel graph, and object lessons, some even involving FIRE! She employed whatever would hold her audience’s attention and drive home the truth of scripture.
She was an excellent pastor’s wife, a good listener, never a gossip, and always working to help build the church. Her greatest contribution may be her mothering of the four children God gave her. She was a faithful mother who prayed for her children and did everything she could to lead each one to Christ. She believed that being a wife and mother was a high calling and she lived the importance of loving and obeying the husband God had given. Her faithfulness has been used to bring her family to Christ: first the family she was born into then the family she and Paul built and now to the grandchildren and even the great-grandchildren.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29
She was preceded in death by husband, Paul; sister, Hazel; and brother, Jerry. She is survived by son, Paul; daughters: Georgia Schweiger (Tom); Iva Yarolimek (Rick), and Katherine Hind (Jeff). She is also survived by grandchildren: Jamin Schweiger (Erika), Darren Schweiger, Alena Hanson (Derek) , Anna Marrero (Jordan), Rachel Swank, Nathanael Yarolimek (Janelle), Andrew Yarolimek, Caleb Yarolimek (Karalynn), Ethan Yarolimek (Theresa), Elizabeth Yarolimek, Felicia Stout (Jesse), Rebecca Bolinger (Jason), Joseph Hind (Katy), Josiah Hind (Maydee); great-grandchildren: Tristan, Norah, Martin, Elyse, Owen, and Evelyn Schweiger, Benjamin Hanson, Makenzie Galloway, Emma, Ellie, Eva, Eli, Erick, and Edith Jean Yarolimek, Ephraim, Campbell, and Teagan Yarolimek, Hazel and Eleanor Yarolimek, Abigail, Uriah, and Eliza Stout, Gavin, Isaiah and Eliyanah Bolinger, and Jojo Hind.