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Marjorie Anderson 1924-2022

Marjorie Bertha Zehrer Anderson died on Tuesday, February 16, 2022, at Middlesex

Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. She was 98 years old.

The youngest daughter of Vera Doris Ellis Zehrer and John William Zehrer, Marjorie, or

“Marge” as she preferred to be called, was born on January 15, 1924, in New Britain,

Connecticut. In her younger years she attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New

Britain where she was Christened, confirmed, married, and her daughter was


She attended New Britain public schools and graduated from Central Connecticut

Teachers’ College (now Central Connecticut State University). She taught elementary

school for almost 40 years in Ridgefield, CT, Piedmont, WV, East Hampton, CT, and

Enfield, CT. She enjoyed her students and had a special fondness for the smart-alecks

and troublemakers, whose behavior she could not condone in the classroom but often

laughed about at home.

In 1948 she married Lester Carl Anderson, after he completed his service in the US

Navy during WWII and his education at Columbia. They had met in high school. They

lived in many places, including Ridgefield CT, New Britain CT, Piedmont WV, Middle

Haddam CT, Somers, CT and Stuart, FL. Several years after Les’ death Marge married

George Hosford in 2000 and lived in Palm City, FL until George’s death in 2007.

After her retirement from teaching in the 1980s, Marge volunteered in a number of

capacities. She particularly enjoyed serving as President of her neighborhood

association in Florida. She organized block parties and neighborhood picnics wherever

she lived. She loved singing in the choirs of the various churches she attended. She

was competitive at golf, tennis, cards, and is remembered by her family for somehow

winning every family Easter egg roll for decades without ever breaking an egg. She

was someone her friends and neighbors knew they could call upon for a ride to the

doctor, help with a project, or a sympathetic ear.

Marge was active and vital until a stroke in 2015 left her unable to live on her own and

she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law. Several years later, her declining

health necessitated a move to memory care assisted living.

Marge is survived by a daughter, Leslie Anderson-Adams, son-in-law Dave Adams; her nieces Pat Applebury, Karen Howard, Chris Kanowitz, Kathy Oetken, Pat Costie, Judy Christensen, Linda Roberts and Gail Sardilli; her nephews Dan Dudley and Roy

Christensen, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is remembered

by her nieces and nephews as “the fun aunt” with whom they enjoyed spending

weekends and school vacations and whom they thought of as a second mother. She

was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Barbara Casey, Mary Dudley and

Virginia Brockett, her husbands Les Anderson and George Hosford, and several nieces

and nephews.

Marge never met a cat or dog that she didn’t like and had many pets over the years. All

were pampered and lived to a ripe old age, prompting friends to remark that they hoped

to be reincarnated as part of Marge’s menagerie. In lieu of flowers or other

remembrances, please consider making a memorial donation to the animal rescue

organization of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. (Details will be provided at this website,

please check back in a few weeks.) There are no calling hours.

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