Anna Kalinen, 57, loved to garden, was devoted to her two beloved sons

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Anna Kalinen

Anna Kalinen

Anna Jean (Davison) Kalinen, 57, a lifelong resident of Andover, passed away peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

She was born on Oct. 31, 1958 in Springfield.

Ms. Kalinen graduated from Green Mountain Union High School in Chester in 1976. She was employed by CEPCO in Chester in the late 1970s.

Her love of children prompted her to move on to the Chester-Andover Elementary School, where she flourished for 15 years as a teachers’ aide working with youngsters and as the trusted crossing guard.

She loved to garden, was an avid seamstress and enjoyed making country meals. Ms. Kalinen was known for her many bangle bracelets, quick wit and sparkling blue eyes, but most of all her laughter would always fill the room where ever she went. Her sons, Arvid and Paden, were her pride and joy and the jewels in her life.

Ms. Kalinen is survived by her sons, Arvid Kalinen of Andover and Paden Kalinen of Ludlow; her mother Sally Gilmore of West Addison; her brothers John Davison Jr. of Killeen, Texas, and Ronald Parks and Kevin Baker, both of Andover; and her sister Sharon Baker of Chester. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins were also a big part of her life.

She will be dearly missed by all.

She was predeceased by her father, John Davison Sr. and her husband Alan Kalinen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Andover Community Church, 928 Andover Road, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28 with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andover Community Fund, 561 North Hill Road, Andover, VT 05143.

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  1. Darcy Gibney says:

    Anna was a lovely neighbor and friend, and we will miss her very much. Sadly, we cannot make it to pay our respects due to a prior commitment. Will be donating to the fund. Rest in peace.
    The Gibneys

  2. Rose Norton says:

    I worked with Anna at Cepco. She kept the place hoppin’ to say the least! She was a riot! We all have lots of fun memories of her at work. Rest in peace Anna. We love you!

  3. Sharon & Denis Lefebvre says:

    So sad to hear this news. She was a good neighbor while we lived in Andover. Much too young to be gone. Our condolences and sympathy to her family.

  4. Sharon Baker says:

    Thank you so much for your help with this tribute to my sister.
    The outpouring of love from the community at large has been amazing and extremely moving. We are all most appreciative at this sad time in our Iives.