Laimonis Andersons

June 4, 1922 – Oct. 19, 2010

Laimonis Andersons of Oconomowoc died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at AngelsGrace of Oconomowoc at the age of 88. He was born June 4, 1922, the son of Hermanis and Anna Andersons in Latvia.

Laim left his homeland of Latvia during World War II to avoid the Russians occupation. After five years in DP camps in Germany, he moved to Australia and waited for 10 years to emigrate legally to the United States. He greatly valued his American citizenship.

In Chicago, he was employed as a seal engineer by Crane Packing Co. and he retired to Oconomowoc.

He had a great love of nature and spent many happy hours caring for his garden. He was very supportive of his wife’s artwork and activities. He and his wife were very active in the Latvian exile community and active in helping their home country Latvia regain independence.

To people with an appreciation for history and a healthy distrust of the ruling class, he was an avuncular character, always quick with a joke or a witty retort. Laim maintained the full use of his faculties until the end, with most of his asides soaring over the heads of the strangers attempting to care for him, to the point that they may have wondered whether he was being delusional. To those of us who knew and loved him, this was Laim being Laim, never giving an inch to the detriment of his beliefs, and expecting you to get the joke. If you didn’t, that was your loss.

Laim will be sadly missed by his wife of 38 years, Ilga; daughter, Daina Scott of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandson, Bruce; two greatgrandchildren, Kyle and Laurel of Lansing, Iowa; one brother, Dailis Andersons in Latvia; nieces, Sarma and Baiba; nephew, Andris in Australia; and many friends in America, Australia and Latvia.

A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Oct. 30, at Milwaukee Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1853 N. 75th St.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Milwaukee Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Heritage Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 901-1140, or for the guest book and directions, visit online at www.heritagefuneral.com