Jean C. Anderson (1923 - 2018)

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MONTPELIER - Jean Canney Anderson, 95, of Montpelier, Vermont, and formerly of Rutland Town, Vermont, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, after suffering a stroke. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Eleanor Jean Canney, the first of six children to John R. Canney and Kathleen A. (Brothers) Canney, on June 27, 1923, in Rutland, Vermont. Raised in Rutland, she attended Christ the King School and Mount St. Joseph Academy, class of 1940. In 1944, she graduated from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont.
For the next two decades, Jean devoted her life to her work, parents, siblings and extended family. She spent many years working at the family's wholesale plumbing and heating business, Canney-Plue Inc., and the U.S. Forest Service, both in Rutland.
In 1965, she married Arthur H. Anderson and moved to New Jersey. She became a stepmother to Arthur's two teenage daughters, and welcomed daughters Courtney in 1966, and Heather in 1968. She and Art made their home in Rutherford, New Jersey, and they enjoyed every summer in nearby Highland Lakes. In 1970, they settled in Simsbury, Connecticut, where they lived until they divorced in 1979.
Jean returned to Rutland to raise her daughters. She worked as an assistant clerk for Rutland Town from 1979 until her retirement in 2002. Family was of the utmost importance to her, and she made her Rutland home the center for many family members. Her door was always open.
Aunt Jean "Nini" was beloved by everyone.
In 2004, at age 81, Jean moved to Montpelier, and made her home with her daughter and her family for the next 14 years. Her favorite role was that of Nana and caring for her three grandchildren. She volunteered at their schools, drove in carpools and became a integral part of the Montpelier community and Center Street neighborhood. Jean was a fixture at her grandchildren's sporting events, and became everyone's Nana. She was very proud of their accomplishments and traveled throughout Vermont and New England to spectate and support their endeavors. During this time, she also enjoyed winters in California with her niece and family. Although a true Vermonter, Jean loved the sun and being warm.
Jean was a lifelong musician and an accomplished pianist. While she could read music, she preferred to play by ear. Playing her piano gave her much joy, as did the many years she was a member of Christ the King Church choir. A devout Catholic, she was an active member of the church, no matter where she was living or visiting. She was an active member of St. Augustine's Parish in Montpelier at the time of her death.
Jean loved all things Irish, and had enormous pride for her Irish ancestry. She had a sharp memory and a love of language, and made those in her presence feel comfortable and important instantly. She was warm and funny, with a quick wit, a bright smile and a contagious laugh. Her friendships were long and many. She was greatly loved and her joyful spirit will be missed by us all.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Courtney Parento (Rob), of Montpelier, and grandchildren Andie, Joe and Bella; daughter Heather Shappy (Larry), of Rutland, and their children, Cassie (Justin), Adam and Carter; stepdaughter Janet Bevelheimer (Ned), of New Jersey, and their children, Craig and Glenn (Erin); and stepdaughter Carol Anderson (Gretchen), of New Jersey.
Also surviving are siblings John R. "Bud" Canney II (Rosemary), of Saratoga, New York, Mary C. Williams, of Rutland, Robert O. Canney, of Rutland, and Kathleen Smyrski (Richard), of Rutland. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, including Wayne Canney and Elizabeth Bird, whom she cared for and mothered when they were young. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, George E. Canney. She was also predeceased by her former husband.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Rutland. A reception will follow. There are no calling hours. Burial will be on a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jean's name to: Christ the King Parish, 66 South Main St., Rutland, VT 05701; St. Augustine's Parish, 16 Barre St., Montpelier VT 05602; or The University of Vermont Victory Club, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401, go.uvm.edu/anderson.
Arrangements by Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
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Published in Rutland Herald from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31, 2018