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John P. Anderson

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BERLIN -- John P. Anderson, 76, of North Main Street died early Sunday morning at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

Born Nov. l 6, 1931, and educated in Troy, N.Y., John was the son of the late Euald H. Anderson and Ruth Hill Anderson Wattendorf. He was the loving husband of the former Wilma M. Miller, whom he married on the Fourth of July in 1952 in Poestenkill, N.Y. The Andersons have lived in Berlin since 1960.

Mr. Anderson worked in the construction field most of his life retiring in the late 1990s after over 20 years of service with the Rensselaer County Highway Department, where he was a heavy equipment operator. In his younger years, John was a member of the New York National Guard and marched in many parades in Poestenkill. He has been a member of over 25 years with the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Grafton Trail Blazers, the Woodford (Vt.) Snowbusters and the Eastern Draft Horse Association.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Wilma, his children Ramon H. “Rusty” (Denise) Anderson of Troy, Sheila L. (Tom McHugh) Sheffer of Spencer, Mass., William J. Anderson of Cherry Plain, Susan D. (Glenn) LaPier of North Stephentown, Nancy L. (Joseph) Sweener of Berlin, Karen J. (Ronald) Whitman of North Petersburgh, Patricia A. (Joel Burdick) Anderson of Florida, Mass., Michael “P” Anderson of Berlin, 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and his best friend, Lady.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh, where Rev. Matthew Olson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Berlin Community Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home for visitation on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Grafton Trail Blazers or the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home, PO Box 361, Petersburgh, NY 12138.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 11, 2007
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