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In Memory of

Grace Louise Anderson

September 29, 1919 - October 10, 2016

Obituary


Grace Louise Anderson, a long-time resident and educator of the Hammond area, passed peacefully in her home on Monday, October 10th. Born September 29, 1919 in her East Chicago Harbor home, Louise was the second of six Main children. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute, Indiana. After returning home, she taught at the K-1st grade level in the East Chicago school system for three years. After the birth of her first child, Louise took time off to care for her children, returning to educating after...

Grace Louise Anderson, a long-time resident and educator of the Hammond area, passed peacefully in her home on Monday, October 10th. Born September 29, 1919 in her East Chicago Harbor home, Louise was the second of six Main children. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute, Indiana. After returning home, she taught at the K-1st grade level in the East Chicago school system for three years. After the birth of her first child, Louise took time off to care for her children, returning to educating after her last child started first grade. Louise remained a loving, loyal teacher to Thomas A. Edison Elementary School for 21 years. During her time away from schools, and throughout most of her life, Louise volunteered as an early education Sunday School teacher. Through this role, she touched the lives of many people in the Northwest Indiana area, including her own children and grandchildren. Because she was so beloved in this role, she was asked to lead a seminar at the North American Christian Convention on teaching God's Word to three- to five-year old children. Her volunteer spirit also led her into the lives of 15 years' worth of band students, and the children in her son's Cub Scout Troop. She now joins her husband, Robert L. Anderson, on nearly the same date of his death 21 years earlier. Her death was preceded by her parents, Neil and Bessie Main and her sisters, Barbara Main and Lois Smith. She is survived by: her siblings, Glenn Main, Kathleen Sweeney, Carl Main (Kathy); her children, Neil Anderson (Jennifer), Suellen Stookey (Robert), Paul Anderson, and Glenna Beshears (James). Her legacy continues in the lives of her ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and dozens of nieces and nephews. To say many have been touched by the love and compassion that is Grace Louise Anderson is an understatement; those who call her Grandma Anderson are abundant. Visitation will be Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2-7 pm at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home (8178 S. Cline Ave.; Schererville, Indiana 46375) and funeral services will be Monday, October 17, 2016 at 10:00 am at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that monetary donations please be made to a memorial for Louise that will be donated to a children's charity of the family's choosing because it was Louise's sole desire to see children happy and healthy.