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Mavis Anderson

June 15, 1929 — January 17, 2023

Mavis A. Anderson, age 93 of Oshkosh, passed away at Bella Vista on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. She was born in Watertown, South Dakota on June 15,1929 to the late Ted and Altha (Bergerson) Bjorklund. Mavis was united in marriage to Floyd Anderson on June 24, 1950 and had two daughters.

Mavis attended Teachers College in South Dakota and taught in a one room schoolhouse for a year before deciding it just wasn’t for her. She changed career paths and became a cosmetologist. She met her husband, Floyd, at a root beer stand shortly thereafter. His work with Lutheran Brotherhood and later Thrivent led them to homes in Watertown, S.D., Wahpeton, N.D., Wausau, WI. and finally Oshkosh. They loved to travel! They visited all 50 states, Europe and Scandinavia.

Mavis loved the outdoors – especially if she was on a golf course! Golfing and activities at the Oshkosh Country Club were her favorites. She had a hole-in-one there at age 79. She loved bowling, bridge, and dining out. She was a faithful cheerleader for any sporting event her grandchildren participated in. She was a staunch Green Bay Packer fan and started the “1st Down” cheer while attending games at Lambeau. Fun times with her family she enjoyed the most. “Grandma’s Brownies” are still the gold standard treat in the family. Loved by many, Mavis was known for her positivity, friendliness, compassion and generosity.

Mavis is survived by her daughters, Gail (Michael) Knier and Janise (Marty) Bader; grandchildren: Jeffrey (Carlene) Knier, Alyssa (Grant) O’Brien, Brianna Bader, Steven (Zan) Knier, Greg and Tony Bader; great grandchildren: Rylan, Layne and Ashton O’Brien, Jackson, Avery, Mason, Porter and Zoey Knier; sisters: Ardy Gackstetter and Joan Carey.

In addition to her parents, Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Anderson; brother: Maynard Bjorklund; brothers-in-law: Dean Gackstetter and Lee Carey.

A private family service was held for Mavis. 

The family expresses sincere gratitude to the entire staff at Bella Vista and to Aurora Hospice for their excellent care. Memorials can be directed to the American Diabetes Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in memory of Mavis. Online condolences can be directed to

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