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Shirley Anderson

Shirley A. Anderson (Ketcham)

Wednesday, February 1st, 1928 - Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
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ANDERSON, Shirley Ann (nee Ketcham) – 91, of Franklin Lakes passed away on September 4, 2019. Born in San Diego, California she moved to Franklin Lakes 54 years ago. Prior to her retirement in 1990 she was a teacher at the Brookside Junior High School in Allendale where she taught 7th grade science.

As lifelong Rhododendron enthusiasts, Shirley and Allan together designed and executed an ambitious hybridization program that resulted in over 20 registered crosses. They were presented with the 2012 Silver Medal Award by the American Rhododendron Society in recognition of their contributions to the society including their willingness to hold office, donate plants and seeds, lecture, publish articles and open their beautiful garden to tours.

Shirley was an avid quilter and talented potter. She was a gifted seamstress, making a huge variety of clothing including the enormous accomplishment of making her two daughters’ wedding dresses. Shirley lived a full life and traveled all over the world, including Africa, the Amazon, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia among many other countries.

Beloved wife of Allan Anderson of Franklin Lakes. Devoted mother of Susan Anderson of Los Angeles, California, Rosalyn Young and her husband Kenneth of River Vale and Nancy Green and her husband Ross of Wilmette, Illinois. Loving grandmother of Amanda Young, Kelsey Young and Elspeth Green.
Dear sister of Elizabeth Rothert of California.

The family will receive family and friends on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from (times) followed by a (time) service at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes.

The family requests donations be made in Shirley’s memory to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 7:00pm
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    530 High Mountain Road
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  • Interment

    Rosedale Crematory


Donations are being accepted for: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC.


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Gay Janks

Posted at 10:00pm
Shirley was a colleague of mine in Allendale Schools. She mentored me when I arrived there mid-year. I remember her particular techniques in a variety of situations, which were always tried and true ! We frequently shared our love of cooking and gardening, in particular her beloved rhododendron ❤️. I still think of her when I use her method of attaching papers together since I named it “The Anderson Fold” !
Shirley was a good friend.

Jennifer Lynn

Posted at 09:49am
I am sorry for your loss. I was just telling my 8-year-old son about my favorite teacher, Mrs. Anderson, for teaching me to be curious and work hard. Thank you, Mrs. Anderson.

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