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
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.