Torsten Anderson's Remarkable Legacy
To describe Torsten Anderson in a few words is difficult. He was a loyal friend, an immigrant, a storyteller, a farmer, an annuitant. But these labels don't begin to describe a man who lived a full life for 104 years.
Torsten was born in 1908 in Osthamar, Sweden. He was the third of six children born to Joakim and Ellen Andersson and spent his earlier childhood in Sweden. Torsten's uncle, Sanford Stoneberg, emigrated from Sweden in 1886 and established a ranching operation in Dundy County, Nebraska. During one of Sanford's visits to Sweden, it was decided that Torsten and his older brother, Bill, would join their uncle in America.
After crossing on the Swedish- American liner Gripsolm and completing the necessary procedures Legacy Summer 2013 Your at Ellis Island, 17-year-old Torsten and 21-year-old Bill arrived in Max, Nebraska, in December, 1925. They made their home on the ranch northwest of Max and began learning the language, customs and routines of rural southwestern Nebraska life.
After immigrating to the United States, Torsten returned to his native Sweden 14 times, the first time in 1954 on the same ship that he and his brother sailed on their initial trip 29 years earlier. His last trip to Sweden was in 1998 when he celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends.
A Lifetime of Service
Torsten served as a director of State Bank in Benkelman for 22 years, on the board of trustees of the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, as the treasurer of Rural School District 10 and on the Dundy County Cemetery Board. He also established a charitable gift annuity with Methodist Hospital Foundation. He knew the value of health care.
Torsten was a truly remarkable individual, quick of mind and wit. His ability to remember events, past and current, and attach them to names was amazing. He made an effort to work at something on the ranch for a part of each day— piling deadfall tree limbs, hoeing musk thistle, checking fences— even while he was in his 90s.
Torsten passed away on March 9, 2013. He was just four months shy of his 105th birthday. His experiences were abundant and he helped many throughout his life. It is said that those who set up a charitable gift annuity tend to live longer lives and, in this case, it seems to be true. To establish a charitable gift annuity with Methodist Hospital Foundation, please contact Elizabeth Borisow at (402) 354-4825 or email@example.com.
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