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Charmaine S. Anderson

August 2, 1929 ~ November 16, 2020 (age 91)

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Charmaine S. Anderson, age 91, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, at a local care center. There will be no services at this time.

Charmaine was born in Sioux Falls, SD on August 2, 1929, to Charles and Anna Maria (Westlund) Carlson. She lost her mother Anna Maria during childbirth. Her father Charles married Isabelle Rovang in 1934 and in 1935 the new family moved to Marrinette, WI. Her brother HR was born in 1940.  Charmaine attended high school in Wisconsin until her junior year. The family returned to Bryant, SD and she graduated from high school there in 1947. After graduation she travelled to Minneapolis with her friend in pursuit of work. She married Warren C. Starman of Aurora, SD in 1950 at the Clara Lutheran church in Erwin, SD and the couple had three children.

In 1990 she married Gerald Anderson of Bryant, SD. Jerry remained by her side until her passing on November 16, 2020, due to Covid related illness..

Charmaine was known for her beautiful operatic voice and piano playing as she sang her whole life in church choirs and with a formal touring group named the Regalairs in Mesa, AZ as well as being a piano teacher and player of classical music and the boogie woogie. Her love of music was equaled by her love of family, gardening, entertaining and the great outdoors. She reared her children with a green thumb and travelled widely to her homeland in Sweden and United States.

Charmaine is survived by her loving husband, Gerald Anderson of Bryant, SD;  three children Danette (Don) Marquiss of Omaha, NE, Steven (Dorothy) Starman of Omaha, NE and Mary Langille of Malvern, IA; one step-son, David Anderson of Grand Junction, CO; ten grandchildren: April (Ted), Amber (Faissal), Jay (Andi), Adam, Jesse, Sky (Sarah), Maia (Nick), Prairie (Joyce), Elon (Jaytishma), and Tonweya (Shamani);  14 great-grandchildren: Jeffrey, Violet, Taymour, Margaret, Mary, Gabriella, Krishna, Kaelin, Shanti, Anders, Charmaine, Bodhi, Annalie and Everett; her loving brother, HR Carlson (Mary Jo) of Rosemont, MN; her step-daughter-in-law, Rebecca Blank; and step-grandson, Jackson Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anna Maria Westlund Carlson; her father and step-mother, Charles and Isabelle Rovang Carlson;  her son-in-law, Christopher Langille; and her step-son, Jerry Anderson.


















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