NEW SWEDEN – Phyllis Anderson Hewitt Hanson, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully Aug. 30, 2012, at Borderview Nursing Home, Van Buren, with her adoring children and grandchildren at her side. She was born Dec. 5, 1916, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Carl and Anna Anderson, and a sister to 18 siblings.
Phyllis worked for 27 years for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk at New Sweden Post Office. She was a member of Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church, and endlessly volunteered her talents to her church and community. She loved and honored her Swedish heritage, and created a life with her children and grandchildren rich in her Scandinavian culture. She shared her gift of baking for those she knew and welcomed everyone into her home to indulge in the most delicious smorgasbords, jolly card parties, and rousing games of scrabble. She was a true angel to all and a blessing to those she had met. Her gracious heart and profound compassion towards others will leave only touching memories for her family and friends.
Phyllis was predeceased by her loving husband, Wallace Hewitt; second husband, Allen Hanson; parents, Carl and Anna Anderson; sisters, Lillie, Ethel, Elba, Signe, Bertha, Tillie, Eva, Velma and Grace; and brothers, Gustaf, Roland, Vaughn, William, Waldo, Russell, Wallace, Norman and Gaylin. She is survived by adoring children, Beverly Derrah and husband, George, of Limestone, Carl Hewitt and wife, Ann, of Sterling, Mass., David Hewitt and wife, Albertine, of New Sweden, and Michael Hewitt and wife, Donna, of New Sweden; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, with two more blessed arrivals on the way and five great-great-grandchildren. The family expresses special thanks to Borderview Nursing staff for her excellent and loving care throughout the past three years.
Calling hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Lancaster-Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church, New Sweden, with the Rev. Gordon Compton officiating. Interment will be at New Sweden Cemetery. A time of fellowship and coffee will be after the burial at the church. Donations may be made in her memory to the church. Online condolences may be expressed at