Lillian J. (Meshna) Anderson of Chelmsford


Lillian J. (Meshna) Anderson, 94, of Chelmsford, formerly of North Reading, died late Thursday night, September 13, 2018 at Palm Center in Chelmsford surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Albert W. Anderson who died July 17, 1994.

Born in Malden, MA on October 12, 1923, she was a daughter of the late John and Marie (Mostofsky) Meshna. She was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School with the Class of 1941.

Lillian was a self- employed seamstress for many years. She also worked for her brother, John Meshna Jr. of Lynn, MA.

She loved crafts and making teddy bears. Lillian loved to travel; travelling to Great Britain, Bermuda and many other locations with her daughter Madeline.

She was a member of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines and volunteered with the Meals on Wheels and the Book Mobile.

She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Madeline and Beth Anderson-Balmer of N. Chelmsford, Lorraine and Luis Colon of Amherst, NY; two sons, Morris Anderson of Estero, FL and William Anderson and his partner Carolyn Hoban of Milton, MA;  six grandchildren, Max, Lily and Everett Anderson, Lucas, Ruben and Noelia Colon; many nieces and nephews.

Lillian was predeceased by her grandson, Francisco Colon and her siblings, John and Frederick Meshna, and Marie Phillips.

Visiting hours Sun. from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Mon. at 8:00 a.m. from the funeral home with a Funeral Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA. Burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. For those that wish contributions in her memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Chorus, c/o Chris Blaisdell, 18 Vermont Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to a charity of one’s choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


September 16, 2018
1PM - 4PM
Dolan Funeral Home


September 17, 2018
8AM Funeral Home/9AM Church
  1. Madeline Anderson-Balmer says:

    Thanks Diane. The chorus was “her community” and one of the things in her life she was exceptionally proud of

  2. Diane Hunt says:

    So sorry for your loss. I loved your mother, she was a very fun person to be around and very talented in many ways.

  3. Madeline Anderson-Balmer says:

    Thank you Cynthia. So wonderful to receive support from our wide ranging circle of friends and family.

  4. Cynthia Pape says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to you and my prayers for strength during this difficult time.

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