Carl Otto Anderson

Carl Otto Anderson. Courtesy photo.

Carl Otto Anderson
May 14, 1927 ~ Aug. 28, 2020

LAKEPORT, Calif. – With love we say bon-voyage to Carl Otto Anderson who drifted peacefully to heaven at the age of 93 in Lakeport.

Carl was born May 14, 1927, in Petaluma to immigrant parents, Carl Victor Anderson and Johanna Gabriella Mutterlien.

He grew up on a chicken ranch in Penngrove, graduated Petaluma High School, served in World War II, attended Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Berkeley. He returned to take over the family chicken ranch.

He worked for United Airlines, O'Neill Construction, and later returned to Petaluma to raise his family and with his wife established Fireside Books and Hallmark Cards.

Carl was dedicated to serving God at Marin, Elim and First (Lucerne) Lutheran churches and kept his heritage alive through VASA Linnea Lodge No. 504.

He was an avid reader, photographer, gourmet cook and gardener. Carl designed and oversaw the construction of their retirement home in Lakeport.

Carl is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Eric and Gerhart; and nephew, Eric.

Carl leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Sylvia Elin (Johansson); two daughters, Lorna Rochman-McEntire (Jerry) and Linnea Humble (Michael); and was Morfar to six grandchildren, Kerstin (Dave), Alexandra, Antoine (Ashley), Jennifer, Jacob (Yeva) and Hana. His six great-grandchildren were the sparkles in his eyes.

The family would like to thank his caregivers Isa, Jackie, Josie and Rafa. We also thank Hospice Services of Lake County, Sutter Lakeport Hospital, and clinic staff for all their wonderful care.

Donations in his name may be given to Doctors Without Borders, Elim Lutheran Church, First Lutheran of Lucerne, Hospice Services or your favorite charity organization.

Private inurnment will be held at Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit