Life Story: Phyllis Anderson, 92, Was ‘High-Stepper,’ Worked For Rutgers

Phyllis Anderson, 92, of Somerset, died on Nov. 5 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Anderson was born in New Brunswick. She lived in Franklin Township since 1952.

She was employed by Rutgers University in the alumni records dept., until she left to be an at-home mother to her children. She loved working with children. Phyllis was a class mother for several years, a den mother for the Cub Scouts and a cookie chairperson for the Brownies.

Mrs. Anderson returned to Rutgers University and was then employed as a principal accounting clerk, in the Division of Continuing Education and retired in 1986. She then joined the Franklin Township Senior Citizens Club and soon became the treasurer.

Phyllis loved dancing and, with a partner, taught ballroom dancing. In addition to that, in 1987 she joined the Franklin “Hi- Steppers,” a senior’s tap dancing group. They performed locally and at many other locations in New Jersey. She was with them until 2011.

Mrs. Anderson was predeceased in 2005 by her husband of 59 years, Harold Anderson; her father, Patsy Cerminaro; her mother, Jennie Cerminaro-Drew; her stepfather, Ernest Drew; her brother, Frank Cerminaro; her sister, Joan Guyette and her sister in law, Martha Anderson.

She is survived by her children, Robert Anderson and his wife Claire and Kathy Allo and her husband Joseph; her grandsons, Robert and Christopher Anderson; her nieces, Gail Iozzi and her husband James, Lynne Rein and her husband Kenneth, Suzanne Cavallaro and her husband Michael and Dianne Guyette; her nephew, George Guyette and his wife Dawn; her great-nieces and great-nephews, Alexandra D’Aluisio, Amanda Rein, Christine Cavallaro, Julie Cavallaro, Hanna Cavallaro, Ryan and Rose Cerminaro.

Family and friends may visit from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on No. 9 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 at St. Matthias Church, 170 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Committal services will follow at Van Lieu Cemetery in North Brunswick.


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