, Gloucester, MA

October 8, 2013

Irene B. Anderson, 88

Rockport, MA — Irene B. (Theriault) Anderson, 88, of Rockport, wife of the late Robert G. Anderson passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013, at her cottage on the edge of Mill Pond.

She was born in Salem, Mass., on May 11, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Julia (Soucy) Theriault.

Irene moved to Rockport when she was 5 years old, her dad worked for the Boston and Maine Railroad, now the MBTA, and was transferred to Rockport from Salem.

She attended local schools and graduated from Rockport High School, Class of 1943. She later attended Western Union School, as these were the war years and there was a great need for workers.

Irene was sent to Windsor, Vt., where there was a large French population, and she could speak and understand French. She spent a year there, but then came home because she missed her family and the ocean. Her latest employment, and the one she enjoyed the most, was with the Rockport Chamber of Commerce.

Her family and friends enjoyed the grape jelly she made from the grapes in her grape arbor and her piccalilli. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Michael R. Anderson and his wife, Kelley (Peters) Anderson of Rockport; her adored grandchildren, Matthew and Kelsea Anderson, both of Rockport; two sisters, Anita Bernier of Rockport, and Patricia Ryan of Gloucester; her brother, Paul Theriault and his wife, Nancy, of Rockport; nieces, Judy Maxfield, Lisa Bernier, Julie Berman, and Denise Ryan; and nephews, Paul Theriault, Stephen Theriault and Virgil Toneatti.

She was predeceased by two infant sons, Robert Michael and Paul John Anderson, and a brother, Raymond Theriault.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 12, in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.

There will be no visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114. Please make checks payable to Make A Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Arrangements are by the Burgess and Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main Street, Rockport. Condolences may be given at