TOPSFIELD, MA — Natalie Anderson, 85, died peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on November 16, 2013, following a heroic battle with cancer. There is no doubt in her family’s mind that she has a special place in heaven.
Nat was born on June 28, 1928, in Madison, Wis., and was the daughter of the late Angela Saeman and Frank C. Kalscheur. She had two older sisters, Lois Mae and Jean Marie, and the girls were raised by Aunt Kate and Uncle Bill Saeman in Cross Plains, Wis., following the tragic death of their parents.
Nat earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This is where she met the love of her life, Thomas Anderson, and they were married on February 3, 1951, in Madison.
In 1962, Nat and Tom moved to Boxford, Mass., where she raised four daughters, earned a Master of Science degree in library science from Northeastern University,and had a career as a librarian at both the Topsfield and Ipswich libraries.
Nat was a longtime member of the New Meadows Garden Club of Topsfield, where she received the Presidential Award in 2012. She was also a trustee of the Topsfield Library and an avid member of the No-Name Book Club. She was a beloved friend to all who knew her, and she delighted in entertaining friends and family and watching the many birds visiting Hood’s Pond. She was also one of the Red Sox’s most avid fans and cheered their World Series win!
Nat is survived by her husband, Tom; her four daughters and their husbands, Chris and John Guthro of Gilford, N.H.; Ginny and Rick Vogt of Arapahoe, N.C.; Nan and Jeff Cook of Newburyport, Mass.; and Peg and Bill Acheson of Gardiner, Maine. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and their spouses, Ben and Kate Guthro, Katie Guthro, Julie Vogt, Tom and Brittany Vogt, Nathan Vogt, Nick Acheson, Jake Acheson, and Karla Cook; and three great-grandchildren, Will and Ryan Guthro, and Charlotte Vogt.
Nat’s passions were family, friends, flowers, and books. Nat was a devout Catholic, raising her family at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Topsfield, and recently attending the Sisters of Notre Dame in Ipswich, where she loved to listen to Father Mike’s inspiring sermons.
ARRANGEMENTS: Nat’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, November 23, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Topsfield. There will be a period of visitation from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass. After a brief family gravesite ceremony, guests are invited to a reception at the Gould Barn in Topsfield.
Donations may be made in Nat’s name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA, 01923.
For information, or to send condolences, please visit www.fsrobertsandson.com.