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Lorraine (Burkhardt) Anderson
May 28, 1940 ~ October 11, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Lorraine E. (Burkhardt) Anderson 83, passed away at home October 11, 2023 in the loving care of her granddaughters, Heidi and Victoria Smith. Daughter of the late Ida (Wolfe) Burkhardt/Fratus and Fred Burkhardt, she was born May 28, 1940 in Manchester, Ct. She grew up, went to school, and later settled in the town of Manchester. Lorraine is survived by her son Roger and his spouse Susan, her two granddaughters, Heidi and Victoria Smith and her two sisters Judith Rutherford and Pamela and her spouse Dan Home.
After receiving her diploma, she went to work at Pratt & Whitney as a file clerk where she met the love of her life Everett Anderson. Lorraine worked hard and often had multiple jobs to provide for her family. Through various promotions and hard work, she became a purchaser, and later went on to retire after 30+ years of service at Pratt & Whitney. She received distinguished awards and recognitions for her work ethic, loyalty, and integrity.
Throughout the years, Lorraine and late husband, Everett, traveled across the U.S. with their travel trailer. She enjoyed exploring “the scenic route” and was the one in charge of the map. Lorraine always wanted to check out a restaurant unique to the area they were in, “Something you can’t get at home”. She often traveled to Lee, MA and Myrtle Beach, SC with her granddaughters and family. She liked to shop and go out to eat with Victoria. They shared many special memories in her last years, watching shows like “The Blacklist” and “Ray Donovan” while having her wine and chips. She was always up for an adventure, no matter where life might take her. She took great care of everything and everyone. She was humble and heart-felt. Lorraine had a soft, sensitive spirit and expressed her love by acts of service to everyone. There was nothing that Lorraine couldn’t do. She was there for anyone who needed a helping hand, no matter the cost.
Gram’s extended family and loved ones include David Rutherford, Kimberly Rutherford, Matthew and Lynsey Potts, Brendan and Genna Home, Robert Rubin and Jessica Arias. Gram was greatly cared for and loved by John, Jennifer, and Grace O’ Brien. She’d also like to include Gregg P., Patty, and everyone at Hartford Road Pizza who knew her. She is so happy and at peace having met new family and friends like Spencer and family, Rebecca and kids, as well as old friends and acquaintances over the years. We are sorry for having missed anyone directly who knew Gram. You are all loved and cherished, remembered by Gram and family.
We also cannot forget the service and help from Dr. Pazooki, her oncologist, and staff at RCCA in Manchester, as well as her long-time family physician, Dr. Jeffrey Katz with his staff (Chris and Janet). A special shoutout to Jill C., Gram’s favorite nurse, Lisa the social worker, and everyone with the Visiting Nurse & Health Services in Vernon. We cannot thank you enough for the care you selflessly showed Gram this past year as she fought a semi-quick battle with Stage IV lung cancer.
Gram did not want any tears and crying, only happiness and rejoicing upon her passing. So, grab your chips, raise a glass and toast… it’s wine time!