September 12, 1940 — August 27, 2018
ADAMSVILLE — Lulumae L. “Grandma Lu” Anderson, 77, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at her home.
Lu was born on Sept. 12, 1940 in Glens Falls, the first of eight children born to Arthur J. Gage and Lulumae Mattison (Gage) Hodder. In 1961, she married Neil Anderson, who passed in 2017.
During her years at Hudson Falls High School, class of 1958, and her membership in the First Presbyterian Church, Lu was part of the choirs, always in first soprano range. She was the first of the five “Gage Girls” to receive a fully-funded scholarship for voice and piano with Miss Elizabeth Murphy, sponsored by J. Walter Juckett. She loved everything from “Ave Maria” in Latin to “Good Old Country” and her favorite song was “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.
During high school, she majored in business classes and, after graduating, she was the first in her family to ever attend college. While at Alfred State University she earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She was a member of the college choir and joined the Kappa Sigma Epsilon sorority.
Lu loved numbers, rules and doing taxes. For over 40 years she was a tax preparer and teacher for H & R Block in Hudson Falls. With her husband, Neil, she was a member of the American Legion Post 574, Hudson Falls.
As the oldest of eight, Lu learned early on how to take care of everyone around her. Family and friends have described her as loving, loyal, generous, steadfast, mentor, holder of secrets, and someone who never spoke badly about anyone. She loved gathering the Gage family history, becoming a matriarch at the annual reunions. Lu always listened to problems, was reluctant to advise but was usually correct. Lu has left a giant hole which will not easily be filled.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lu was predeceased by her sisters, Sylvia Monahan O’Dell and Elaina Bissell-Rager; and niece, Lori Gage.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, son, William Anderson (Laurie Eastwood); daughter, Margaret Bennett (Theodore teRiele); and granddaughter Jerica Bennett; her siblings, William Gage (Sharon), Kathy Bain (Allan), Connie Fuller (Knealand), Martin Gage (Linda), and Frederick R. Gage; and very special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, especially her dearest friends Linda Barrett and Audrey Brockway.
At Lu’s request, there will be no calling hours.
Burial will be private at the convenience of her family at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
A celebration of Lu’s life will be held on Sept. 15 at her home. Please contact the family for directions.
Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls. To view Lu’s Book of Memories and post online condolences, please visit kilmerfuneralhome.com.