Clara A. Hathaway Anderson

Passed away on June 5, 2012

Clara Anderson passed away on June 5, 2012. Clara was born in Middletown, CT to the late Agnes (Kane) and Morris Elsworth Austin. Besides her parents, Clara was predeceased by her husband Everett Anderson. She is survived by her daughter Lynne Vergalitto; sister Parnel Austin Ide; brother Morris Elsworth Austin; longtime companion Richard B. Marshall, as well as many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her friend of many years Ginny Woods. Clara attended and graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 1957. She was the owner of Anderson’s Angus Corral Restaurant in Westbrook until her retirement in 1985. Clara was a member of The Madison Winter Club, The Madison Beach Club, The Q Club in New Haven, The Encore Club, The Madison Women’s Club, Dar Faith Trumbull Chapter, The Madison Garden Club, Colonial Dames War 1812, New England Women Ancient Artillery, Founders and Patriots, and AAUW. A funeral service will take place on Monday, June 11 at The First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meeting House La. in Madison at 11:00 am. Friends may call on Sunday, June 10 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd. in Madison.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 10, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 11, 2012

Clara A. Hathaway Anderson

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June 12, 2012

Condolences to Richard and Claire's family. A classmate and active alum at Simmons, she will be missed.

Pat Hetherington O'Hara

Sandra (Shook) Nesci

June 11, 2012

My first job was at "The Angus", where I worked many summers. So many memories from those days. I can honestly say I have not since met a harder working woman than Claire, and she didn't slow down even after retirement. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Jay Baker

June 11, 2012

My condolences to all. My connection to Clare was in the early days of the Angus Corrall (1962-1976) when I was in high school / college and summers thereafter. She instilled in me a work ethic that I carried into my career in Connecticut's then thriving Insurance Industry, and passed on to countless entry-level underwriters, administrators and trainers hired from colleges near and far. Clare's impact on my life was, indeed, profound. I truly wish I had found the time to locate her and tell her in person.

June 9, 2012

My sympathy to the family.Claire was a great lady.She will be missed by all.

Edit McNulty(South Windsor, Ct)

Nancy Pexa

June 9, 2012

Clara was very special in my life. I worked with her to develop her lineage - through that experience I realized what a rich history Clara and her family share. I love the variations in spelling and the ability of each generation to keep moving forward while remembering those who came before them. Clara was an essential and valued member of each lineage society in which I came in contact with her - Daughters of the American Revolution, Women Descendants of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery, United States Daughters of 1812, New England Women, and too many others to mention. One of the funniest times was when she was at my home for one of those meetings - too many women - one toilet - it stuck - Clara to the rescue. Using a coat hanger as her sword, she solved the problem and the water stopped flowing into the basement. It is good to remember the joys and someday when you are through the pain, you can reflect upon all the joys and humor of a life well-lived.

June 9, 2012

Claire will be missed by all who knew her. Always kind, always willing, always ready to help. I shall never forget her house at Halloween! It was such fun.

Betty Oderwald, Fairfield

Mike Salafia

June 8, 2012

Dick, Claire's Family and All, Claire will always be remembered as a gracious and beautiful person. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are all in our hearts and in our prayers.
Mike and Lea Salafia

June 8, 2012

Our condolences - Gordon and Dot Willoughby

Cynthia Rocks

June 8, 2012

The light in the world is a little dimmer with your passing. You were so loved and will be so missed by many people.

June 8, 2012

My sincerest sympathy to one of my classmates from Simmons College. This devoted and hard working alumnae will be missed .

Judith Wolper Ennis