Rosemary Anderson

Rosemary H Anderson (Hetherington)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1951 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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Rosemary H. Anderson, 67
It is with great sadness that the family of Rosemary Anderson (nee Hetherington), announce her passing on January 20, 2019. Born on Staten Island in 1951 to the late Vivian (Delaney) and John Hetherington. Rosemary lived on Staten Island until moving to New Jersey in 1977, ultimately residing in Stirling, NJ, for the last 37 years.
Rosemary is survived by her husband of 46 years, Peter J. Anderson of Stirling, her children & their spouses Leigh A. Cooke and Michael of Toms River, NJ, Richard Anderson and Brian Stout of Hamilton, NJ; her sister Julie Wood and husband Warren Wood of Staten Island, brother Chris Hetherington of Bayside, NY, and longtime friend and sister-in-law, Maryann Anderson. Rosemary was a loving grandmother to Patrick Cooke and Nicholas Cooke, who brought great energy and joy to their beloved, “Coco.” She is also remembered fondly by a vast network of family, colleagues and friends.
Rosemary graduated Saint Peter’s High School for Girls, Staten Island, NY in 1969; graduated summa cum laude earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint John’s University in NY in 1973, and her Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Pace University in NY in 1976.
Rosemary was active in her community, working with the Girl Scouts of America for 30+ years, and becoming one of the first female inductees to the Lion’s Club of Long Hill Township in 1993. She received the Saint Vincent de Paul Medal from the Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Stirling in 1998.
In addition to working in advertising at Burry Biscuit Company in Elizabeth, NJ; Hicks and Greist in Manhattan; and Lohmeyer Simpson in Morristown, NJ for over 20 years, and then starting her own marketing company, Rosemary’s legacy lives on in the work she did as the Development Director for Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, NJ. Rosemary embraced the Benedictine Way of Listen, Learn, Love, Lead for over 15 years. She encouraged the young women of BA to “think world-mindedly, look out for your neighbor, ask questions, and do not break faith with anyone in your community.”
Rosemary is remembered for her intelligence, determination, her selfless and giving personality, a terrific sense of humor, a love of all things French, and the belief that “A woman should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
Friends and family are invited to join a celebration of the life of Rosemary on Thursday, January 24th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, at Valley Memorial Funeral Home in Gillette, NJ. A funeral mass will be held Friday, January 25th at 10:00am, at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church located in Stirling, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Rosemary’s favorite causes: the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, 1579 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ 07869; or Benedictine Academy, 840 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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  • Service

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church
    Bebout Ave
    STIRLING, NJ 07980
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Richard Carton
  • Interment



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Danielle Ristovski-Wise

Posted at 09:47pm
Rosemary was one of the biggest blessings in my life since I met her at 13. She taught me to be social, eloquent, generous, and the importance of fun socks. She showed up to every birthday party and musical, concert, the list goes on. I was never kidding when I called her “second mommy”. She was always there for me even after my graduation, from letters of recommendation to simple advice.
My condolences to her wonderful family.

Patricia Firetto

Posted at 05:08pm
Richard, Joe and I are very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I always remember her smiling and always with a quick wit. Please give your family our condolences. Pat and Joe

Kathy Higgins

Posted at 06:33pm
My condolences to Rosemary’s family. She was a great lady. I loved her. We met when I volunteered with BA. She will be missed.

Posted at 03:46pm
With sympathy, Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Monica & Ed Ziobro


Posted at 03:17pm
Rosemary will be remembered by our family as a very kind, and gracious woman, who seemed to have an endless amount of energy. In the time we've known her, I can never recall not seeing her without a smile on her face, and she treated everyone she met like she's known them forever. You always said a woman should be classy and fabulous, and that defines you completely.

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