Our Sympathy to Jean Collier and her Family

Our sympathy to Jean Collier, her husband Gary Anderson, and their family as Eleanor G. Anderson, Gary’s mother, passed away Saturday April 13th.


CONCORD, MA – Eleanor G. (Gallagher) Anderson, of Concord, MA, formerly of New London, NH, Vero Beach, FL, New Canaan , CT and Larchmont, NY passed away peacefully  with family  by her side on April 13, 2013, at age 88.  For 60 years, she was the beloved wife of the late Fred J. Anderson who died in 2011.

 Elly was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York on January 5, 1925, the fourth child of four girls of the late John Patrick and Norah (Ahearn) Gallagher.  She grew up in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, attended Immaculate Conception School in Irvington and graduated in 1942 from Irvington High School.   After finishing Pratt Business School in New York City, she worked at the National Broadcasting Company, from 1946 to 1951. At the time of her retirement, Elly was the secretary to Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, President of NBC Television.

In 1946 she met the love of her life, Fred J. Anderson, while on a ski trip in the Berkshires.  Fred had just returned from serving in the U. S. Army as a spotter pilot in Germany during WWII.  After a three year courtship, they married on December 2, 1950 at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington, New York. They settled in Larchmont, NY where they raised their five children.  They spent 27 years in Larchmont where Elly  was very active at St. John and Paul Church,  a member of the Women’s Guild, and involved with school activities with her young children.

Visiting hours at the Dee Funeral Home of Concord, MA will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 3 to 6:30 PM.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, April 19 in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord Center at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, New York at a later date in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to:

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 304, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0304 (Note on  check: In memory of Eleanor Anderson, for work of Rev. Wm Galvin)   or   Rivercrest Staff Appreciation Fund, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord, MA 01742 (Note on check: In memory of Eleanor Anderson)

The full obituary and arrangement information can be found at  www.deefuneralhome.com

Please keep Jean and Gary in your prayers this week.

George Keegan

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