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Paul Anderson 10/10/2021

Paul Donald Anderson, age 65 of River Falls, WI, died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Paul was born the son of Donald and Virginia (Erickson) Anderson on October 11, 1955 in Burlington, IA. He grew up in Albert City, IA, where he graduated high school, and went on to graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with a BA in English and Theater. After working construction for a few years, Paul attended seminary at Luther Northwestern in St Paul, MN. where he met his future wife, Synneva Hustoft, who was also a student. After marrying in 1983, Synneva received an internship at Gustavus. While there, Paul began his Bachelor of Science in Nursing which launched his career as a Registered Nurse. Paul spent 30 years as a Psychiatric Nurse at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. During his time there, Paul created a technique for restraining patients that was used throughout the VA system. The couple moved to River Falls, WI in 1985 where they built a home and had a family of three sons. Both Paul and Synneva retired in 2017. Paul was a member of First Congregational UCC Church in River Falls and active in the Men’s Group there. He was an excellent cook, specializing in charcoal grilling. He enjoyed sailing and skiing with his cousins, golfing, pinochle and camping. Paul was an avid Packers fan and would routinely shout at the television, be it out of joy or despair. He was a strong-willed man of character who loved telling jokes as much as he loved laughing. He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Virginia Anderson; son, George Anderson; father-in-law, Ted Hustoft; and sister-in-law, Mary Hustoft-Janicki. Paul is survived by his wife, Synneva Anderson; sons, Raymond Anderson, Aaron (Brieana McCauley) Anderson; sister, Janet (Harold) Carter; mother-in-law, Myrna Hustoft; siblings-in-law, Cynthia Gaertner, David (Carmella Barut Hustoft) Hustoft, Wilma (Rick) Lysen, Dorthea (Amson Hamman) Hustoft-Hamman, Ken (Elaine) Janicki; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The Anderson family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their kind, professional and compassionate service, especially Tina. A Celebration of Paul’s Life was held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1 pm at the First Congregational Church 110 N 3rd Street River Falls, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary. Visitation was also on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at the church. Interment was in the Mann Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

click here to watch the recording of Paul’s service



  • Joyce Franzmeier Vitzthum Posted October 13, 2021 9:17 pm

    Paul was a very dear friend from high school. We were in lots of vocal music groups together and just hung out with a lot of the same people throughout high school. He was always very entertaining . So sad for your loss.

    • Synneva Anderson Posted October 18, 2021 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much for your words. It means a lot to me.

  • Carolyn Davis Posted October 16, 2021 9:04 am

    I worked with Paul for many years at the VA as his nursing supervisor. He was a kind caring nurse and I really enjoyed getting to know him. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I loved watching his Memorial, it was beautiful. My prayers are with you.

    • Synneva A Anderson Posted October 18, 2021 1:05 pm

      I appreciate hearing from you, Carolyn. Thank you for your thoughts. Paul did value his years at the V.A.

  • Lori Schmidt Posted October 16, 2021 6:39 pm

    My Sympathies to all of you especially Synneva, Raymond and Aaron. I worked with Paul for 30 years at the VAMC. We did the Cognitive therapy group together and enjoyed his abilities to teach veterans new skills. We shared many laughs with Paul and Mark Rowan always trying to find a new joke to tell on Monday mornings.
    We also had some fun Apple River parties, returning to Paul.and Synneva’s where Paul would smoke a large Turkey to share with all at the potluck. So sad Paul is gone to soon. Praying for your strength and peace.

    • Synneva A Anderson Posted October 18, 2021 1:06 pm

      Hi, Lori. I remember you well. Thank you for your thoughts and memories. It is very good to hear from tou. Take care!

  • Liz Morkill Posted October 19, 2021 12:35 am

    What a beautiful video. My condolences to you and the family.

    • Synneva A Anderson Posted October 31, 2021 4:19 am

      Thank you so much, Liz. I appreciate you.

  • Joe Castle Posted March 14, 2022 3:17 pm

    I worked with PA for a few years at VA psychiatry unit. We had many hilarious shifts together, he was a funny guy! So sorry for your loss. I still tell the story about “Frog the dog” and the chicken dinner. I wish I had stayed in touch with PA. Great family man!

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