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Andrea Barstad-Aase, age 72, of Deming, New Mexico and formerly of Sioux Rapids, Iowa died April 4, 2018 in Columbus, New Mexico. She was a childhood resident of Sioux Rapids and graduate of Spencer High School Class of 1963.
Memorial Services for Andrea will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday May 5th, 2018, at Joy Lutheran Church, Prescott, Wisconsin, followed by an interment service at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6th, 2018, at Lone Tree Cemetery, Sioux Rapids, Iowa. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Andrea was born September 18, 1945, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Edward and Edna (née Dandy) Barstad. She grew up on farms in Iowa and Wisconsin. She remembered her childhood as a happy time visiting with her cousins, Jeane, Athalie aka "Chris" and Cathy, playing with her pet ducks, Pete and Repeat, riding her bike, and herding sheep with her dog, Curly II. She sang, wrote plays since childhood and loved the theater in all its forms, especially musicals and opera.
She graduated from Spencer High School in Iowa, having won numerous awards for her acting and singing. She was active in Thespians, Honor Society, Debate, and was President of Luther League. She did some modeling for a local departments store as well as competing in the Junior Miss competition. She earned her Bachelor’s at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in speech & teaching with a minor in theater.
On March 28, 1967, she married Lynn Richard Aase and they moved to Los Angeles, where her son, Erik, was born. Andrea and Lynn divorced three years later and Andrea returned to Minnesota with Erik.
While raising Erik in Northfield, MN she was active in the Bethel Lutheran Church, singing in the choir. She was very active in her beloved Northfield Arts Guild as performer, stage manager, and even directing Children’s Theatre. After Erik graduated from high school, Andrea moved on to Denver, Colorado, where she worked for the Denver Center Theatre Company. She then moved back to Wisconsin to care for her mother but continued working in the theatre world as a costumer for Norcostco, a costume supplier in Minneapolis. For many years she drove for a living. Long haul semis enabled her to visit far flung family. Recently, driving school children provided stability.
After her mother’s passing, she relocated to Columbus, New Mexico, enjoying being surrounded, once again, by her cousins, Jeane, Athalie aka "Chris" and Cathy. They lived 5 miles away as kids in Wisconsin, and less than that recently.
Andrea is survived by her brothers John, married to Cheryl, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Oscar Irving, married to Beverly, of Centennial Colorado, and her son, Erik Aase-Remedios, married to Bear, of Montclair, New Jersey, and her three grandchildren, Madeleine of Edinburgh, Scotland, Theodore of Frederick, Maryland, and Gabriella of Munich, Germany, and numerous nieces and nephews.