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Helen Victoria Anderson, age 86 of Havertown, originally South West Philadelphia

Updated: Apr 7, 2019

On Thursday, April 4, 2019 Helen Victoria Anderson passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 86. Born in Philadelphia on March 17, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Hazel Bogardus. On August 3, 1957 she married her beloved husband Gerald G. Anderson who predeceased her on September 18, 1990.

Helen was blessed with a talent for music and excelled at everything she put her mind to. In 1951 she graduated from John Bartram High School valedictorian of her class. While piano was her first love, she also excelled with the French horn and went on to receive a full scholarship to West Chester University. In addition to playing piano for high school productions she also performed in many talent competitions and was accompanist for numerous dance studios. Helen graced the congregation of East Falls Methodist Church as church organist and pianist for over 30 years. In addition, her nephew Randy Mackes was musical director at Sterling High School, and Helen often played piano for their musical productions.

In line with her many accomplishments, Helen was honored to play for the Bicentennial Worship Service in 1976 at Philadelphia’s historic St. George’s United Methodist Church where Norman Vincent Peale gave the sermon. While pursuing her musical interests, Helen worked as an executive secretary for General Electric and within the office of personnel management at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In her later years, she was a member of the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired where she formed many binding friendships.

Helen was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend who always put everyone’s needs before her own. Her family meant the world to her. She was playful, witty, kind and generous. She had a wonderful sense of adventure and especially enjoyed a good rollercoaster. Helen’s talent was not limited to her music. She enjoyed drawing, painting, and pottery and loved sharing her creativity with her children. Her sense of humor was only surpassed by her love of food. She was an amazing woman who touched so many. She will be greatly missed.

Helen is survived by her two children, Mark Anderson and Lisa Purcell, three grandchildren, Stephanie Miller, Mark Anderson II, and Marissa Anderson; Great grandchildren Raighan and Mackenzie, nieces and nephews, and her loving and supportive sister-in-law Cassandra "Totsy" Anderson, and niece Carol Mackes. She was also blessed with an extended family, supporting Lisa as a caregiver for many years. They include her gentle, patient, and exceptionally loving caregivers; Simm Abate, Cynthia Canty, Aerion Francois, Latonya Goode, Linda Joyce, Terri Miller-McDonald and Margie Garwood her nurse.


Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at St. James United Church of Christ, 135 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown PA on Thursday, April 11th. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm—5:30 with service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's name HERE.


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