CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - Linnea (Porta) Anderson, 90, of Cambridge, went home to be with The Lord on Jan. 26, 2014, at Grace Point Nursing Home, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Linnea was born Oct. 30, 1923, the youngest of 11 born to the late John and Anna Seelund of Metropolitan. She was part of what was known as "The Greatest Generation." Her life spanned many decades, including the roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, and the many changes seen in the decades leading up to the 21st Century.
She faced many challenges with faith, courage and dignity. Her biggest challenge came when she was widowed at the age of 40. Faced with having to raise three children alone, Linnea bravely took steps to provide for her children, returning to school at the age of 42.
She earned her nursing degree and worked for several years at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital as a LPN. Once her children were raised, she married her second husband, Harry Anderson. She enjoyed being part of Harry's family and shared many fond memories with him and his four children.
During the last 15 years of her life, Linnea moved to Minnesota to live with her youngest son Tom. She was filled with joy watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow. She freely shared her love for Jesus and her faith and trust in Him with each grandchild in very special ways.
Linnea is survived by two sons, Charles (Kathleen) Porta, Thomas (Cynthia) Porta; a daughter, Marsha (Bruce) Torretti; three step-children, Kathy Morgan, Dorothy Anderson and Royce (Pam) Anderson; 15 grandchildren, Carolyn (Franc) Garcia, Christine (Jim) Erickson, Deborah Porta, Daniel (Megan) Porta, Kelli (Ben) Nobert, Kristi (Derek Luke) Torretti, Rachel (Paul) Maurer, Michael (Andrea) Porta, Anna (Brian) Dee, Philip (Karley) Porta, Mary (James) Klimec, Esther (Joe) Samsa, Sarah (Kyle) Hunt, Lily Porta and Marsha Porta; and four step-grandchildren, Kristine (Mike) Jones, Todd (Tonia) Pierce, Katie Anderson and Andrei Anderson.
She is also survived by 29 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Judy Mariani, Ann Porta and Ethel Porta; a brother-in-law, Charles Porta; and many nieces and nephews.
Linnea's life here on earth is over. She is now in heaven, being reunited with friends and loved ones who preceded her in death. These include her parents, John and Anna Seelund; ten siblings; her husband, Robert Herb Porta; her second husband, Harry Anderson; and a very special step-daughter, Bernadette Anderson.
What would Linnea say to all her family and friends? "Put your trust in Jesus, surrender your life to Him, and all will work out in the end. He has been faithful to me and will be faithful to you as you put your trust in Him."
She was one of His unsung heroines and no doubt is hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant: enter into the eternal joy of your Lord."
A celebration of Linnea's life was held at the Harvest Christian Center in Isanti, Minn. on Jan. 31.
An additional memorial service will be held in Norway on Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Norway Evangelical Covenant Church.