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October 16, 2021

9/17/2021 5:29:00 AM
Adele Anderson

Adele Rahko Anderson, 91, passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2021 in Rhinelander.

Born on Dec. 12, 1929 and raised in Mountain Iron, Minn., Adele was valedictorian for the Mountain Iron High School class of 1947. She graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 1951 and was a school music teacher in Rice Lake and Bemidji, Minn., before returning to Mountain Iron to marry the love of her life and husband of 68 years, Charles. Charles' work with the U.S. Forest Service meant living in many states and communities as they raised four sons together: Steve (Debi), Paul (Vicky), Tim (Julie) and John. Adele was grandmother to six: Ben, Parker, Tracy, Karrie, Maren and Carina.

Adele contributed to her many communities and neighborhoods by volunteering and singing in church choirs wherever they lived. She took interest in visiting the sick and delivering communion to the homebound. After his retirement, she traveled with Charles to locations near and far, including China, Greece and Scandinavia. Weary of cold weather, she appreciated spending winters in Arizona. Adele liked wearing brightly colored clothes, admiring colorful bouquets and cultivating numerous houseplants. She was drawn to the color red. She was fond of art and music, and proud of her heritage as a daughter of Finnish immigrants.

Adele is preceded in death by father, Emil; mother, Alma; sister, Florence; and daughter-in-law, Vicky. In addition to Charles, their children and grandchildren, Adele is survived by nieces Diane and Patti; and a few life-long friends.

Adele's family appreciates the care provided by Compassus hospice and Milestone staff in her final months.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Hildebrand Funeral Home with Fr. Chris Kemp officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:30 p.m. Inurnment will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Article comment by: Lin Meisinger

Oh, Adele,

My husband and I were next-door neighbors to Chuck and Adele for 15 years. They were such a sweet couple and special people in our lives. We didn't interact a lot, but we knew they were there and it was a nice feeling. I hope they felt that too.

I remember Adele and I both had similar eye surgeries around the same time, mine before hers. She had to keep her head face down to ensure the surgery would succeed. I was coming home from work one day and saw the two of them walking hand in hand, Adele face down. Chuck must have told her it was me and she gave a big, straight-arm up-in-the-air wave. I've thought of them often, with much love. Peace and love to you, Sweet Adele, as you continue your journey. . . You will be missed. Sending my love to Chuck and their much loved children. 🥰

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