Hazel J. Anderson

  • Born: October 6, 1929
  • Died: January 1, 2021
  • Location: Brattleboro, Vermont

Ker Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium

57 High St
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Tel. (802) 254-5655

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hazel J. Anderson, 91, a lifelong resident of Brattleboro, died January 1, 2021 at Pine Heights after a brief period of declining health. A truly independent and self-reliant Vermonter she was born October 6, 1929 to the late Emil Henning Anderson and Lilla May (Marden) Anderson, attending local schools and graduating from Brattleboro High School in 1947. She was the last member still residing in the West Street neighborhood of the original Swedeville families who emigrated from Sweden in the late 19th century to work in the Estey factories.

After initially working for the Houghton Simonds department store, Hazel worked at The Austine School, first as a secretary and then as a teacher, before matriculating to Lyndon Teachers College where she graduated with honors in 1962. Following graduation she taught at the Hinsdale Elementary School for almost 30 years, retiring in 1992.

Hazel had many interests, especially in local history, and was an active volunteer with the Brattleboro, Windham County and Vermont historical societies. For years, she hosted visitors at the BHS Beal House in West Brattleboro. Also active in the high school alumni association, she marched in many annual alumni parades, sometimes as the sole representative of the Class of '47. She served as a town meeting representative from 1981 to 2002 and as a volunteer poll worker and maintained her interest in local politics until the end of her life, still tuning in to the bi-monthly meetings of the Selectboard on local TV. Hazel was an active walker, logging many miles around town, an excellent gardener, and an aficionado of 1000-piece puzzles. She also volunteered for several years in the BMH coffee shop.

Hazel was predeceased by her brother Carl M. Anderson of Brattleboro, and is survived by her sister Florence M. Robertson of Brattleboro, niece Heidi Meyer of Brattleboro, nephews Eric Anderson and Kurt Anderson of Spokane WA, David Egan-Robertson of Madison WI and James Robertson of Glastonbury CT and their families. She always maintained great interest in the activities of her extended family, and showed thoughtfulness and generosity toward all of us.
Hazel's family extends its thanks to her West Street neighbors for the friendship and support they provided for many years and to the Pine Heights staff for their care and compassion during the last few days of her life.

Graveside services at Meeting House Hill Cemetery will be scheduled for a date sometime later in 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Hazel's name may be made to the Brattleboro Historical Society, 230 Main Street Room 301, Brattleboro VT 05301.

Ker-Phaneuf Funeral Home is responsible for the arrangements.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I spent a lot of time doing different activities with Hazel and getting to know and respect her. I value those days in the BMH coffee shop with her and doing Bratt Historical Society projects with her. I was fortunate to have those opportunities to witness how much a person can really be involved with others in places and efforts that matter to them. She made a lot of events happen that most of us didn't realize she did, all in between her walks. Imagine all the planning that was going on in her mind during those walks. May we all participate in life in the manner Hazel did, showing up. I'll never forget when she and I had the BHS rotation of staffing the Jeremiah Beale House on weekends during the summer and fall months several years back. Just to sit and listen and learn from Hazel out there on Western Ave waiting for visitors was enough but then when someone did come in it was time for action. It was all I could do to keep up with Hazel and my pleasure to try. To share info with others who are curious in the way Hazel did is classic passion for the past and love of community. Sending warm regards to the Andersons and Robertsons and her dear friends at BHS. Glad I was one of them . - Chip Cummings from Burlington, VT.

Posted by Chip Cummings - Friend   February 02, 2021

Hazel was a very gracious lady. She had a great sense of humor. A kind and gentle soul. She will be missed.
The Lowe's

Posted by Maureen Lowe - Basking Ridge, NJ   January 12, 2021

Rest in peace. ..You will be missed.

Posted by Maggie bergeron - spofford, NH - Family Friend   January 12, 2021

Rest in peace Aunt Hazel. You were one of a kind. We'll miss you.

Posted by Jim Robertson - South Glastonbury, CT - Family   January 11, 2021

Miss. Anderson was one of my favorite teachers. I am saddened to hear about her passing.

Posted by Jane Owsiak - Lebanon, PA   January 10, 2021