Carl R. Andreas was born January 23, 1927 in Beatrice, NE, the second son of William C. and Frieda W. vander Smissen Andreas, and died June 8, 2019 at Kidron-Bethel Village in North Newton, KS. After high school graduation he joined a Union Pacific Railroad survey crew in the Colorado Division until drafted in May 1945. A conscientious objector, he served in the Civilian Public Service (CPS) soil conservation camp near Colorado Springs before transferring to Gulfport, MS public health service camp until the end of 1946. He enrolled at Bethel College, North Newton, KS in January 1947, graduating in 1950.
He married Carol Rich May 30, 1951 in North Newton, KS. He worked in the business office at Bethel Deaconess Hospital until 1952, when he and Carol began graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Carl completing a master’s degree in Hospital Administration in 1955. Their first two sons, Joel and Ronald were born in Normal, IL. In 1959, Carl accepted an assignment with Indiana University as part of a USAID project to train Pakistani doctors in the basic sciences at Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi. The Pakistani experience proved enriching for all, filled with travels and adventures. In 1963 the family returned to the US, making their home in Detroit, MI. Peter Andreas was born in 1965 and the family was together until 1969. The marriage ended in divorce. Carl worked at Wayne State University in human resources, later joining the Social Security department of the United Auto Workers International Union as a consultant in pensions and benefits until his retirement.
Carl married Rosalind Enns Autenrieth June 9, 1973 in Rochester, MI. During their life together they valued each visit and vacation with Carl’s three sons who “had welcomed Rosalind into the family”. They hosted professional colleagues, students and friends wherever they lived. In 1985 Carl followed Rosalind to Tucson, AZ where she served at the University of Arizona and to the University of Vermont in the Burlington area in 1989. Carl helped design and construct three homes—Rochester, MI Oakland University faculty subdivision, Tucson, and Westford, VT on Ridge Top Farm, at the end of a half mile lane in the woods with views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. He thought he would have enjoyed being an architect. He planned each home so windows brought the outdoors inside. He volunteered with RSVP, area transportation planning, SCORE, served as treasurer/auditor with several groups, gardened, hiked and enjoyed community and church life.
He leaves his wife Rosalind, sons Joel (Ay Vinijkul) of Baltimore, MD, Ronald (Dawn Blanken) of Pueblo, CO, and Peter (Kristen Lavalee) of Providence, RI; four special grandchildren Derek Andreas (Dallas, TX); Marley (Baltimore), Stella and Annika (Providence); a nephew George (Bev) Andreas of Galva, KS and niece Ruth (Tony) Tyler of Hawaii. He was predeceased by his parents, older brother Paul W. Andreas and wife Viola.
Memorial Service at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton Friday June 14 11:00 am. Visitation with family Kidron-Bethel Village, Menno Hall, Thursday, June 13 5:30-7:00 pm.
Memorials to Bethel College, Kauffman Museum, Kidron-Bethel Village.
Rosalind & Family: Carl always had a warm smile and a welcoming heart whenever we would visit, and even stay, at Ridge Top Farm. I always loved the twinkle in his eye, and he was always two steps ahead of what you were thinking and about to say. He’s smiling down at all of us….
Rosalind, I was so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I always enjoyed my conversations with Carl whether at your home or during one of the many HESA Open Houses at my place in Burlington. I admired his volunteer work — he serves as a role model for me in my retirement. I wish you well and hope to see you soon.
I always enjoyed Carl when he and Rosalind were in Rochester. He was a good man and a great partner for her as her career flourished at Oakland.