Orlo Andrist, 75, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday, March 1,


He was born March 16, 1937, to Charles and Nellie (Yennie) Andrist in New Haven Township, Olmsted County. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural school and Pine Island High School graduating in 1955. He received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, and received a master's degree from Winona State University. He was employed for the State of Minnesota where he worked in various capacities in job service. The last 18 years of employment were spent at the Minnesota Job Service Office in Rochester as a job counselor and supervisor. After his retirement he work at the Cronin Homes Inc. and PORT of Olmsted County in Rochester. In his work, he cared very passionately for people and the problems they encountered.

He was united in marriage to Elaine Greene and had one daughter, Dawn Andrist. They divorced. In 1971 he married Shirley Nichols and their marriage also dissolved.

Orlo is survived by stepdaughter, Anita Schafer; four stepgrandchildren, Ben, Sam, Max and Izzy Schafer, all of Rochester; five sisters, Lorraine (William) Johnke and Leone (Darwin) Looft, of Rochester, Arlene (Paul) Collins of Wilmington, Del., Nelda (Duane) Sattre and Vicky (Brian) Hervey, of Pine Island; three brothers, Dale (Edie) Andrist, and Chuck (Marge) Andrist, of Pine Island, and Larry (Linda) Andrist of Augusta, Ga.; two special double cousins, Mary Jane (Lance) Nelson, of Rochester and David Allan (Rosie), of Zumbro Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Dawn Andrist.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, March 9, at the United Methodist Church in Pine Island, with Pastor Carolyn Westlake officiating. Ashes will be interred at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester at a later date.

Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield is in charge of arrangements.