Lorraine Claire Anderson, 87



Lorraine Claire Anderson, age 87, of N. Chelmsford, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Roger A. Anderson, who died Dec. 31, 2004, and with whom she shared a loving marriage for 51 years.

Born in Lowell, MA, on July 8, 1933, Lorraine was the daughter of the late Roland and Claire (Albert) Richards. She was a proud graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1951.

Lorraine treasured every minute spent with her family. She was a loving and devoted mother of five daughters and cherished Nana of eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She delighted in hosting family events such as birthdays and holidays. Over the years, she enjoyed many wonderful extended-family vacations at Harvey’s Lake, VT, and Hampton Beach, NH, as well as time spent with relatives in California.

Lorraine enjoyed gardening, reading, and lively “card nights” with dear longtime friends. She and her friends regularly attended Chelmsford’s Fourth-of-July festivities as well as the Lowell Folk Festival. Lorraine was also an active volunteer and dedicated member of the West Chelmsford United Methodist Church. She volunteered as a poll worker for Town of Chelmsford elections, for the Open Pantry in Lowell, and for the Food Pantry in Chelmsford. All who knew her appreciated her kindness, her gentle spirit, her loving wisdom.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Sheila Kirschbaum of Lowell, Susan Anderson of Nashua, Sandra and her husband David Theroux of Manchester, NH, Gail and her husband Michael Eastwood of N. Chelmsford, and Lisa and her husband William Morton of Westford; eight beloved grandchildren, Brian Paz, Daniel Theroux, Andy and Julie Kirschbaum, Owen, Sarah, and Kate Eastwood, and Felix Morton; five adored great-grandchildren: Lana Kirschbaum, Lily, Grace, and Benjamin Theroux, and Olivia Paz; dear sisters-in-law, Jeanne Richards of Tracy, CA, and Brenda Richards of Seffner, FL, and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was predeceased by her brothers Paul and Donald Richards, by her sister Pauline Silva, and by her sister Doris Tougas, all of whom she loved dearly.

Funeral 10am Thursday, October 15th livestreamed at dolanfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or www.alzmass.org. Online guestbook is available at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

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26 Condolences for Lorraine Claire Anderson, 87

    Jean-Pierre Lambert

    To the Anderson girls and your respective families: Please accept my sincerest condolences and in the passing of your beloved Mother. Nothing may ever assuage grief, but the passage of time and the beautiful memories that you shall cherish forever. Although, your Mom had not been at Main Street for a few years; I will miss our conversations. Her presence there was for the most part of my entire life and I am the better for it. She is with your Father now and I hope that provides for some welcomed comfort. If there is anything you may need, don’t hesitate to ask.


    Cindy Normand

    Dear Sheila, Sue, Sandy, Gail, and Lisa,
    My heart felt condolences on the loss of your mother Lorraine. Your Mom and Dad all of you were an integral part of my childhood. I have so many fond memories of the Andersons. Your mom was always so kind and generous whenever I was over the house. If there is anything I can do please let me know.


    Joanne Richards

    Dear Cousins,
    I am so very sad for your loss. I will always remember your Mom’s kind and warm smile. Sending love and hugs to you all.


    Diana Archibald and Dane Netherton

    The loss of a mother hurts so deeply. We are so sorry and send you big hugs. You all have our sincerest condolences. May your mom/nana Rest In Peace now.


    Patty O'Dell

    If your Mom was anything like you, she was an amazing woman. I am so deeply sorry for you and your families sadness. Please know your in my thoughts and heart.


    Jan Gallagher

    Sheila, Susan, Gail, Sandy and Lisa,
    My heart is heavy with the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful auntie to all of us cousins and always kept us up to date on family happenings. I loved just chatting with her around the kitchen table, we never ran out of conversation! She will always be in my heart. My love and prayers to all of you.


    Domonika Rivera

    May you have the strength and comfort you need to endure this difficult time! She will be missed, while she’s now resting. Her laugh, her beautiful smile, always with her family sharing beautiful stories and with her grandchildren. You are all in my prayers , may this give you a measure of comfort and virtual hug!The first human pair, Adam and Eve, were placed in an earthly paradise. If they had remained obedient, they would not have died. Death was to result only if humans disobeyed God. (Genesis 1:28; 2:15-17) Sadly, Adam and Eve did disobey their Creator. As a result, they paid the penalty​—death. Since all humans have descended from Adam and Eve, all have inherited sin and death. The Bible explains: “Through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men.”​—Romans 5:12.

    What is the condition of the dead?

    After Adam rebelled, God said: “You [will] return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) Hence, death is a state of total unconsciousness​—really, nonexistence. The Bible states: “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) The Bible also says that when a person dies, “he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.”​—Psalm 146:3, 4.

    Don’t we have a soul that survives death?

    The Bible clearly teaches that your soul is simply you, not some abstract entity that will survive your death. (Genesis 2:7; Proverbs 2:10; Jeremiah 2:34) Since this is so, we can say that when a person dies, a soul has died. The Bible clearly states: “The soul [that is, the person] that is sinning . . . will die.”​—Ezekiel 18:4.

    What hope is there for those who have died?

    The Bible reveals that it is God’s purpose to restore the dead to life by means of a resurrection to a paradise earth, where sickness and death will be no more. Jesus said: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”​—John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:1-4.

    When speaking of his recently deceased friend Lazarus, Jesus compared death to sleep. (John 11:11-13) Moreover, after Jesus resurrected him, Lazarus said nothing about having been in a place of torment or a place of bliss during the brief period of his death. (John 11:37-44) This is understandable, for the dead are unconscious. They do not experience suffering but await the “hour” in which they will be raised. In any event, the fact that Jesus resurrected Lazarus shows that the dead can live again. Indeed, by this miracle Jesus showed on a small scale what will take place on earth under the rule of God’s Kingdom. (Acts 24:15) What a comfort that is for those who lose their loved ones in death during this turbulent time!JW.ORG


    Sherry Dumont

    Dear Sheila, Suzie, Sandy, Gail & Lisa, Chelmsford has lost one of its gems. My heartfelt condolences to all of you. I cannot tell you what a great mom she was, because you know. But I can mention the fondest memories I have. Her genuine smile; her sharp and ready wit; my greetings of “Hey Mrs. “A” (and she always signed her Xmas cards with that to me);playing cards with her on Friday afternoon – and she was a talented card counter; borrowing her wooden picnic table every summer for our fourth of July pool party and usually just carrying it across the street from your yard to ours with one of the Normands; and going to the common every night before the 4th. I remember one summer where we were in a pattern of getting a downpour every evening about 5. So the afternoon of the 3rd we spoke shall we chance it, even though it was nice. Well being hearty New Englanders my mom and your mother and I went. We picked her up, loaded the car with chairs and blankets, parked in the center, got our usual spot in front of the beech tree and BAM – the monsoon came. We grabbed our stuff and hightailed it back to the car (and our mothers could still move!) We got to the car not just drenched, but dripping water off us by the bucket full. Looking like a bunch of drowned rats, your mother turned to me in the back seat and started laughing like she wouldn’t stop. Which we all did knowing how silly we all looked and how ill advised our New England fortitude was. She was fun and the salt of the earth and I will miss her so. We grieve because we lost a friend, but heaven and Roger rejoice because they’ve gained angel.


    Donna Adams

    Sheila,Susan,Sandy,Gail and Lisa,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of the kindest and most gracious person I have ever known. I have many fond memories of visiting at your house.I especially loved the outdoor barbecues.I remember dancing wildly,on the side of your house,to the songs on the Beatles Rubber Soul album like it was yesterday.I remember picking raspberries, playing in the “little” house in your backyard, swinging on the tree swing near the garden. I remember running into her at the supermarket many times when I took Karen shopping.I remember the loving care she gave to Nanna, and to your dad over the years.She was a role model for putting other’s first.
    My heartaches for each of you as you go on without your mom. I believe that her legacy will live in all of you as you emulate her in your own lives. May the Lord give you all the strength and peace you need to get through this trying time. Sending you all much love.


    Beth Leary Enos

    Sheila, Susan, Sandy, Gail and Lisa,
    I am so very sorry to learn of your mothers passing.
    Whenever I think about my childhood growing up on Aberdeen Rd the Anderson family immediately comes to mind. We wore a path between our houses! Your mom was like a second mother to my sisters and I. Heck she even let our cat deliver a litter in her bedroom! We still talk about that to this day. She was truly a special, kind, caring person. May she Rest In Peace


    Terrey Dumont

    My Dear Anderson Girls….you were like my second family of girls and I did and do love you as my own and your heartache is mine. Your Mom was a dear and loyal friend. We shared both joys and sorrows, and the good times outnumbered the bad. We could always find the humor somewhere. I have missed her company these past few years and my memories of our friendship over many, many years are a cherished part of my heart. Always remember the good times. I love you all.


    Michelle King

    Sheila, William and families, my deepest condolences on your loss. Sending you love and prayers at this time.



    So very, very sorry. When Mom passed on in 2001, this prose gave me a small measure of comfort, and I hope it does the same for you.

    “Your mother is always with you…she’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she is the smell of beach in your fresh laundered socks;

    She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not well. Your mother lives inside your laughter and she’s crystallized in every tear drop.

    She’s the place you come from, your first home and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love and your first heartbreak.

    And nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space…not death.”

    – by Jane Jenkins Herlong,


    Deanna Barger

    Dear Sandy, Sheila, Susie, Gail, Lisa and grandchildren,

    My heart is broken like everyone else’s over the loss of your mom/grandmother. She was such a big part of my life growing up and had continued to be throughout the years. Between birthday parties for Sandy’s kids, playing cards with all the ladies, many holidays & cookouts, and being included in those family trips to the lake in Vermont and the beach. She was always smiling and so nice to Scott & I, and our two girls. We had many laughs throughout the years and it was my families pleasure to have known her. Thank you Mrs. A for all those good times!

    Love to you all, Dee


    Cousin Doug

    Dear Sheila, Sue, Sandy, Gail, and Lisa,

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
    While I was growing up, I have nothing but the fondest of memories of the times our families got together. When ever and where ever we met, it always created wonderful memories.
    Your mom and dad will live on in my memory for as long as I am able to do so.
    Thanks for the memories Aunt Lorraine.
    My deepest and sincerest condolences go out to you all.



    Brenda Stewart

    Dear cousins, I’m sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a wonderful person, she always had a warm and welcoming smile whenever I saw her. Many times I would see her at St Joe’s with your Dad and get a chance to catch up. Many fond memories of our families getting together at your house, I was always in awe of the vegetable garden. I’m sure she is happily reunited with your Dad and the rest of the family.


    Jeanne Richards

    Dear Sheila, Sandy, Susan, Gail and your families,

    The loss of your mom is such a great loss. She was such a loving and caring person and will be missed more than I can say. I know she will keep watching over all of you. Stay strong and may God bless all of you and your families.
    Love, Aunt Jeanne


    Karen Anderson

    My parents, Claire & LeRoy Anderson would like to say : “We have happy memories of Lorraine & Roger from family gatherings over the years. We know how proud she was of her 5 daughters. Since we are 91&92 years old, we will be there in spirit and send our love , and condolences to the family. Love, Claire & LeRoy Anderson “


    Mindy (Atrium)

    Anderson Family,
    So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. May the beautiful memories carry you through her physical absence always! Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time.


    Jay Normand

    Sheila, Sue, Sandy, Gail and Lisa,

    Our deepest sympathies and love as you grieve the loss of your mom. It is wonderful to read all of these amazing memories we share with the Anderson Clan. I remember your mom babysitting me every so often and lunch always seemed to be her special tuna fish sandwich with celery bits. Your mom was always kind and caring. Other fond memories were the big swing and the giant leave pile every fall.


    ruth M aynard

    ROGERS COUSIN RUTH MAYNARDSENDS CONDOLENCES from vermont . i have any happy memories of L orraines warm hospitality over the years, and remember the girls as babies and children with aunt L ena. GOD BLESS YOU ALL and help you get through this difficult time.


      Bryan Leary

      Thinking about my daughters, Beth, Lynne, and Jill, and their friends “the Anderson girls” always brings back so many nice memories of how wonderful friends they all were. Having such a loving mother in Lorraine makes the memories even sweeter, as she was always there for the girls and her and Roger raised such a beautiful family, Their girls were mirror images of Lorraine, loving and kind, treating everyone like they were special.
      My sincerest condolences.


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