Anderson retires after 39 years with VAMC

KATHY JO ANDERSON, RN, second from left, poses with her retirement certificate. She is shown here with, from left, Bob Peterson, NP, Geriatrics and Extended Care Service; Daniela DenBoer, RN, Community Living Center nurse manager; and Kim Nelson, CLC assistant nurse manager.

IRON MOUNTAIN — After 39 years of federal service, Kathy Jo Anderson, RN, of Niagara, Wis., retired from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Anderson was born and raised in Quinnesec and is the daughter of Phyllis and Paul Forstrom. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1975, and Bay de Noc College in 1976 with a degree in Licensed Practical Nursing degree.

Anderson started her VA career on Dec. 4, 1977, at the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center.

She worked in various areas during his/her tenure at VAMC Iron Mountain, including the medical/surgical wards 4 East and 5 East as an LPN and since 1993 as an registered nurse in Community Living Center, the medical center’s long-term care ward.

Anderson has felt honored to serve veterans.

“I have met many wonderful veterans over my 39 years at the VA,” Anderson said.

Throughout her career, Anderson was recognized for her outstanding performance and service receiving the Nursing Excellence Award, Upward Mobility Award, and Employee of the Month.

She and her husband, Joseph have one daughter, Kati  Hanamann, son-in-law Dieter, and grandson Anderson William Hanamann, who was born last month.