Vera H. Anderson, 95, of Hamden passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 14, 2013. Vera was born in West Haven on June 14, 1918 to the late Leopold and Johanna Miller Hoffstadt and Florence Coffey Hoffstadt. Wife of the late William J. Anderson, she is survived by children Elizabeth (Wilson) Harris of Killingworth, William (Linda) Anderson of Hamden, Sharon (George) Hotchkiss of Katy, TX, Craig (Shirley) Anderson of San Diego, CA, Janet (Daniel) Dumont of Durham, Lucille (William) Sebastian of Wallingford, Peter Anderson of Lincolnville, ME, Ellen Westlund of Killingworth, Elaine (Steven) Malzone of Pawcatuck and Clifford Anderson of New Haven. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by brothers Leslie, Milton, Burton, Wilbur and Rollin Hoffstadt. One of her great loves was camping with her family; her last camping trip was a family reunion attended by over 200 family members and friends this past Fourth of July week. Vera had been active in the Dunbar United Church of Christ and volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. She was also active in the Hamden Healthcare community. The family would like to thank the staff of Hamden Healthcare for their exceptional care. Friends are invited to her Memorial Service on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Dunbar United Church of Christ. Burial will be private, Arrangements under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. Contributions in Vera's memory can be made to Dunbar United Church of Christ, 419 Dunbar Hill Rd., Hamden, CT 06518 or to the American Red Cross, 703 Whitney Ave, #6, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. A wonderful, warm woman. I had the pleasure of getting to know her. She faced everyday with an upbeat attitude and a great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to her entire family.

  2. Aunt Vera was one amazing, wonderful woman. A true Renaissance Lady. Our sincerest condolences to the Anderson Family.

  3. Dear Jan , Dan , & Family Members, I wish I knew the magic words to say to take away the pain and hardship the loss of your loved one has brought into your lives. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. My condolences to the entire Anderson family. Vera was an awesome lady with a zest for life with no equal. May the many memories of her comfort and guide all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

  5. My condolences to the family. Kristine, I hope you take comfort in your memories; you were very good to your grandmother! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Sincere Condolences to the Anderson children, Bud and Linda, Billy and Kristine , Julia, Gus and Chris I I hope you will all have Long Lasting Happy Memories of Vera. She was a Special giving Woman who will be warmly remembered. Hope your sadness will be short lived and you will be comforted in the days to come.

  7. To all the Anderson kids: We knew Vera as a strong, vibrant, alert and funny lady. She was down to earth and a real pleasure to be with. We’re so happy that she was able to go camping this year. We send our sincere condolences and we know there are plenty of memories to reflect on and be happy for.

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