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Geneva Bernadette (Ellis) Anderson passed away peacefully in her home after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Geneva was born on October 8, 1930 to the late Carleton F. and Lillian G. (Murray) Ellis in Gloucester. She was a member of the Gloucester High School, Class of 1948 where she was an active member of the Glee Club and the Girls Drill Team. On October 8, 1950, she married the love of her life, Arthur T. “Bud” Anderson, at First Baptist Church of Gloucester.
Geneva worked at Art Jewelers, as an optometric assistant, and then as a medical secretary for the Cardio-Pulmonary department at Addison Gilbert Hospital until her retirement in 1996.
She was a longtime active member of First Baptist Church of Gloucester and a current member of First Baptist Church in Racine, Wis.
Geneva’s hobbies included going to the movies, traveling, reading, and doing crossword puzzles, sports, and watching golf. She had a lifetime love of music; she enjoyed singing in the church choir and with her family, and listening to Broadway, big band, and classical music. She loved sports, and was a lifelong avid fan of the Boston Bruins, cheering her team on in both victory and defeat. But more than anything else, Geneva’s true passion was her family; her happiest times were those spent with her loving family and friends. She adored her parents, her older sisters and younger brothers, and her beloved Murray cousins - especially Barbie, who she considered her sister. She was a devoted wife and a supportive, loving mother. She helped raise all four of her grandchildren, attending as many concerts, plays, sports events and activities as possible. In 2013, she was blessed with her great-granddaughter, Taylor, who was the light of her life until the very end. Though she left Gloucester in 2013, it never stopped being her true home.
Geneva will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Gregg Anderle; her son, A.Thelton Anderson; her grandchildren, John (Nina) Anderson, Kate (Nick) White, Michael (fiancee, Alicia Petzoldt) Anderle, and Christine (Zak Cieplik) Anderson; great-granddaughter, Taylor White; former daughter-in-law, Lois Kerr; sister-in-law, Wendy Ellis; her beloved nieces and nephews; and many other dear family and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bud Anderson; her parents, Carleton and Lillian Ellis; her sister and brother-in-law, Harriett and Ralph Levie; sister, Louise M. Ellis; brother and sister-in-law, Carleton and Josephine Ellis; and her youngest brother, Arnold F. Ellis.
“The family would like to thank everyone who has kept in touch with or prayed for Geneva over the past several years. It meant the world to her.”
Funeral Services for Geneva will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home 61 Middle St., Gloucester, with her daughter Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday evening, June 14, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Geneva may be directed to First Baptist Church of Racine, Wisconsin, 3117 Lathrop Avenue, Racine, WI 53405; or to the American Cancer Society. Geneva will be buried next to her husband and parents at Beechbrook Cemetery. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Gloucester Times
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