Anne Louise Kiaer, age 85, passed away in Otnes, Rendalen, Norway nursing home on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, after a four-month struggle against complications resulting from pneumonia. She died peacefully with her family offering comfort at her bedside.
She was born Feb. 22, 1926, to Delmont and Julia Scott in Pratt. Anne attended Pratt schools and graduated with honors from Pratt High School with the Class of 1944. She was an accomplished pianist and accompanied the Glee Club as well as individual musicians.
She was baptized in the Pratt Presbyterian Church and became a member as a communicant in 1938. She was active in all phases of the church and proud to be a member.
She graduated from Kansas University in 1948 with a degree in journalism and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. During her undergraduate days she met a young man from Norway named Ajas Kiaer, who was also a student at KU, studying forestry.
Ajas had been in the Norwegian Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Norway. They talked about getting married, but Anne wasn't sure about living in Norway, so she decided to visit Norway for a year and she had a scholarship to do that. It must have been a good visit because Anne and Ajas were married in the Pratt Presbyterian Church in June 1949.
They went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and also visited relatives of Ajas' mother, who was born there. Upon return to Pratt they packed and shipped belongings for the long trip to Norway.
They lived in several places in Norway and in Sweden where Ajas was employed during the first several years, and later they moved to an historic farm, Aas Gaard, owned by the Kiaer family, located in a beautiful valley about a four-hour drive north of Oslo. The main house of the farm was built in the early 1800s and the farm also included 5,000 acres of forest land.
Anne traveled back to Pratt several times during the mid 1950s to late 1960s. Her children accompanied her, beginning with one child and eventually four. The long trans-Atlantic flight could sometimes be quite hectic.
She always enjoyed seeing old friends from high school, college and the Presbyterian Church.
Anne was a good hostess and a good cook. Nobody ever left the table hungry.
She adored her grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Surviving are her four children, Anne Elisabeth and husband Tom of Oslo and their children, Andrea and Maria; Hans and his friend Annette of Aas Gaard, Rendalen, and Hans' children Ingrid, Berit and Christian Elias; Neils and his friend Tonje of Jar, Norway, and Neils' children Henrik, Elias and Ninna; and Erik and his wife Lorraine of Portland, Ore., and their child Julia. Anne is also survived by her brother, Richard Scott and wife Melba, Pratt.
A memorial service will be held at Ytre Rendal Kirke located in Rendalen. After the service she will be cremated in Hamar and her urn will be placed in the family plot in Drammen this summer when her son Erik, his wife Lorraine and daughter Julia are able to join the rest of the family.
Condolences may be sent to Anne Elisabeth Kiaer, Charlotte Andersenvie 7d, 0374 Oslo, Norway, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pratt Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 872, Pratt, KS 67124.