Jean B. Anderson

October 22, 1918February 10, 2013

Jean (Barnard) Anderson, 94 of Dummerston, VT passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. NH as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Thursday, February 7, 2013. She was born at her Grandmother’s farm in Sutton, NH on October 22, 1918, the daughter of the late Earl and Hazel (Colby) Barnard. Jean lived her early years in Brattleboro, Chester and Claremont, NH. She moved back to Brattleboro during her freshman year, graduating from Brattleboro High School, Class of 1936. She then worked at N.E. Telephone Company in Brattleboro as a phone operator for 33 years before her retirement in 1980.

She married Laurence E. Anderson, Sr. on October 23, 1938 and together they celebrated 65 years of marriage until his death in 2004. In 1947 they spent 2 years living in Marlow, NH, then to Guilford and Brattleboro, and finally in 1967, they made Dummerston their permanent home.

Jean spent time traveling with her family and friends across the Country and throughout Canada on motorcycles. Her entire life she loved to take rides on the back roads of VT and NH. Up until her death she still wanted and was able to go for those rides and have lunch with her drivers, and son. Jean loved attending parties and entertaining family and friends, she spent summers riding motorcycles, and spending time on their boat “Pucker Power” on the CT River. She spent winters, snowmobiling the country side of VT and NH. She was an avid reader and animal and bird lover, feeding hundreds of birds and squirrels year round. She enjoyed making cross stitch and needlepoint pictures for friends and family members, and never missed the weekly Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday nights. Jean’s kindness, generosity and humor will be missed by all that knew her. She is predeceased by her husband, Laurence E. Anderson, Sr.; a sister, Ellen Carpenter; a brother, Earl Barnard, and a daughter, in law, Patti Anderson.

She is survived by a son, Laurence E. Anderson, Jr. and his wife Charlene of Brattleboro; a daughter, Sally Peltz and her husband David of Niles, MI; a sister, Erleine Putnam of Eastham, MA; a sister-in-law, Martha Barnard of Brattleboro; four grandchildren, Pamela Todd and her husband Noel of IL, Debra Sprecher and her husband Steve of, PA, Mark Anderson and his wife Denise and Kirstin Parro and her husband Chris, all of VT; five great grandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Connor, Emma and Josh; many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as her caretakers and devoted neighbors, Beth, Joe and Cooper.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1 PM at Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home, 57 High Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Burial will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s name to Rescue Ink, PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or Windham Humane Society, 916 W River Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05302.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 15, 2013

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Kathy Barnars

February 17, 2013

Love you Aunt touched our hearts. Ed & Kathy

Tara Jones

February 15, 2013

Jeanie Beanie, I will never forget our weekly apts. You always had so many stories to tell me. From dancing to riding on motorcycles with your husband, to Tom Cats adventures, and so much more. Your sense of humor and infectious smile will always remain in my mind. Stay out of trouble! I will miss you. Love, Tara

Richard Kane

February 14, 2013

I am so glad that I was able to call Jean a friend. She and Larry were good friends with my folks. After Jean lost Larry and both my parents passed on, I would call Jean from time to time. I have to say that each and every time I hung up the phone from those conversations I would wear a smile for the rest of the day. I will miss those phone conversations a great deal. But I know there is a foursome that is now reunited and probably having a grand old time once again. Thank you, Jean, for enriching my life with your spirit.

Roberta Bonalumi

February 14, 2013

Pete and I love u Jean
Her offer to us was You are Welcome to Vermont anytime !!
Peace & Blessings Roberta

Linda Burdo

February 14, 2013

Mrs. B, I am so sorry about the lose of your sister. love and hugs...

Patricia Chotain Kasal

February 13, 2013

ROCK ON Jean! You were an amazingly wonderful friend to me many years ago. I still remember what you told me one Christmas! Thank you! I was honored to have known you. Say hello to everyone for me! Love you!

Carmen Bywater

February 13, 2013

Good bye Jean, I will miss you. I enoyed all of the lovely rides we took and all of the wonderful conversations we had.

Betty Harris

February 13, 2013

My condolances to all. I have fond memories of snowmobiling for the first time and her encouragement. And the "old folks" picnics on the porch in Williamsville. RIP Jeannie