Harriet Andersen

Obituary of Harriet M. Andersen

Harriet M. Driessel Carey Van Dreel Andersen (Age: 101 Years), left this earth to be welcomed into the arms of her Lord in Heaven on Sunday, September 19th, 2021.

Harriet was born on August 20th, 1920 in the Village of Barton, Wisconsin, to Dr. Sylvester Driessel and Lauretta (Schmit) Driessel. Harriet was raised in the Village of Barton, attended West Bend High School (Class of 1937), and earned her Registered Nursing degree from Marquette University (Class of 1940). She knew Donald Carey most of her life, as both of their families resided in Barton and were friends. Harriet and Donald were married in February 1942, shortly after Donald enlisted in the US Navy. After WWII, they moved to Milwaukee and started their family. In 1950, they settled in Fort Atkinson and raised their family in the Fort Atkinson/Jefferson area. Donald died in January of 1988, while they were spending their first Winter in Florida, a long-time dream of theirs. Harriet married Jerome Van Dreel in August 1991. They lived their married life in Bowling Green, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida spending the summer months visiting their families in northern and southeastern Wisconsin, until Jerome’s death in 1996. Harriet was married to Olen Andersen in 2001. He passed away in 2004. Harriet continued to live in Winter Haven until moving back to Fort Atkinson in 2008, where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Harriet was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and their wives: Dr. Richard and Margaret Driessel, and Major Sylvester and Irene Driessel, her sister Kathleen and her husband Jerome Holl, and one niece, Nancy Driessel Stearns. She was also predeceased by two stepsons: Donovan (Judith) Van Dreel of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and David (Nancy) Van Dreel, Tripoli, WI. She was further predeceased by her husbands: Donald A. Carey of Fort Atkinson, WI; Jerome Van Dreel of Tripoli, WI and Winter Haven, FL, and Olen M. Andersen of Holland, MI and Winter Haven, FL.

Survived by three children: David A. (Rosalee) Carey, Fort Atkinson, WI; Michael J. (Sylvia) Carey, Chipley, FL; and Judith C. (Cary) Maas, Jefferson, WI, two grandchildren: Daniel A. (Renee) Carey, Fort Atkinson, WI, Michelle R. Carey, New Brighton, MN, two step-grand daughters, Rachel Russell and Allie Russell, along with many friends.

She is also survived by two nieces: Geraldine H. Kahn, Longmont, Colorado, and Debra Mason (Tom) Schutz, McGregor Iowa, along with their children and grandchildren, a nephew, Kenneth R. Driessel, Wisconsin, plus a great niece, Deborah S. Stearns (Partner Eriq), Bethesda MD, a great nephew, Dr. Duncan (Dr. Jennifer) Stearns, and their two children, who reside in Moreland Hills Ohio. She is further survived by stepdaughters: Judith (Gerald) Ruiter of Tripoli, WI, Patricia (David) Kulhanek of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Nancy (David) Van Dreel of Plover, WI and Judith (Donovan) Van Dreel of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and many step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren.

Harriet loved her family very much and was much loved by them in return, both her natural family and her step family, who remained close to her throughout her life.

Harriet was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Joseph’s on Thursday, September 30th, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Burial will be held privately on a later date.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

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Memorial Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, September 30, 2021
St. Joseph Catholic Church
1660 Endl Blvd
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
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