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Marguerite Julia "Maggie" Petran1,2,3,4

b. 3 February 1915, d. 13 February 2007

Family William Roger "Billy" Anderson b. circa 1915
Marriage*   Principal=William Roger "Billy" Anderson1 
Divorce* after 1944  Akron, Summit Co., OH, Principal=William Roger "Billy" Anderson1,4 
Child  1. Lynne B. Anderson b. c 1944

Note*   Maggie is the daughter of Michael and Anna Petran. In the 1920 census, she is living with her parents in the home of her paternal grandparents, Anton and Josephne (Sklenar) Petran in Pultney Twp., Belmont Co., OH. Even though her granparents were from Bohemia and the 1920 census says her parents were as well, Mike was born in Essen, Westmoreland Co., PA and Anna in Maryland or Ohio. In 1930, Anna and Maggie are living in Akron. Anna is recorded as being a widow but Mike is living in Cleveland with his brother Andrew and recorded as being married. They must have been separated and she would rather tell people she was a widow than divorced or seperated.1,5,6 
Married Name   Anderson1 
Marriage*   Principal=William Roger "Billy" Anderson1 
Birth* 3 February 1915  Neffs, Belmont Co., OH1,2,3 
Education* circa 1932  South High School, Akron, Summit Co., OH2 
Census* 1940  1940 Federal Census, Ohio, Summit County, Akron, Ward 2, ED: 89-42, Series: T627, Roll: 3175, Page: 2B, April 5
Sheet 63A, 87 Arch Street
(enumerated with husband, Bill R Anderson)
62, 39, , , , ,Anderson, Mary M, Wife, 1, F, W, 25, M, No, C4, 70, Ohio, 59, , Same Place, , , No, x0x0, No, No, No, No, H, 5, , , , , , , 0, 0, No1 
Divorce* after 1944  Akron, Summit Co., OH, Principal=William Roger "Billy" Anderson4 
SSN* 13 February 2007
first name: Marguerite
middle name: Julia
last name: Anderson
name suffix:
birth date: 3 February 1915
social security number: 291-03-7696
place of issuance: Ohio
last residence: Akron, Summit, Ohio
zip code of last residence: 44303
death date: 13 February 2007
estimated age at death: 92
Collection: "United States Social Security Death Index," Marguerite Julia Anderson, 20073 
Death* 13 February 2007  Akron, Summit Co., OH,
name: Marguerite J Anderson
event: Death
event date: 13 Feb 2007
time of death: 01:40 PM
event place: , , Ohio, United States
other event place:
registration state:
filing date:
residence: Columbiana, Ohio, United States
street address: 3690 Chestnut Chase
residence postal code: 44321-3307
within city limits: No
gender: Female
age: 92
marital status: Divorced
race: White
hispanic origin:
literal other race:
industry: M. O'neil Co./retail
education level: High School Graduate or GED Completed
occupation: Fashion Director
armed forces:
branch of service:
social security number: 291-03-7696
birth date: 03 Feb 1915
birthplace: Ohio, United States
father's surname: Petran
mother's surname:
injury in ohio:
injury at work:
type or place of injury:
hospital status: Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facility
referred to coroner:
autopsy performed:
method of disposition: Cremation
infant death certificate:
certificate number: 009791
volume number:
registrar certificate: 013597
page number:
certifier: Physician
census tract: 39153533502
registration district:
original source line:
original source file: Mixed
source: Ohio Department of Health
Collection: "Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007," Marguerite J Anderson, 20072,3,4 
News/Obit* 22 February 2007  Longtime newspaper employee ‘lived life on her terms’

Maggi Anderson

By Kathleen Folkerth

Her newspaper habit was a lifelong thing for West Akron’s Maggi Anderson, a longtime West Side Leader newsroom employee who died Feb. 13 at 92.

Anderson retired from the paper in 2001 after 17 years at the weekly, where she wrote the “Food for Thought” recipe column and compiled the weekly “Catchall” column of local news and events.

“When the paper was starting out, Maggi pitched in and helped however she possibly could,” said Clark Burns, general manager of Leader Publications, which publishes the West Side Leader and South Side News Leader. “She was the editor at times, she’d write, she’d do anything she had to do to get the paper out. She was a dynamic individual who added a lot of character to our company.”

According to Anderson’s daughter, Lynne Van Nostran, Anderson was born in the small Ohio River town of Neffs. She came to Akron as a teenager with her mother and graduated from South High School (now Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts).

She spent the majority of her working years at O’Neil’s, where she wrote advertising copy and worked her way into coordinating special events for the store and becoming its fashion coordinator and director.

Anderson also spent time as a cub reporter at the Akron Times Press, Van Nostran said. She also wrote for the society page for the Akron Beacon Journal for a short time.

When she first applied to the West Side Leader — then known as the Village Voice — in its early days, she originally was told that someone else got the job, Van Nostran recalled.

“Then she got a call a few weeks later because that person quit,” Van Nostran said. “She was so thrilled.”

According to a tribute column written about Anderson upon her retirement by former West Side Leader associate editor Jody Miller, Anderson started out working two days her first week. The next week she worked three days, then four days the next week and after a month, she was a full-time employee.

Van Nostran said Anderson loved newspaper work.

“The most wonderful part for her was the interaction with readers with the cooking column,” Van Nostran said.

Despite her interest in writing about recipes, Anderson was not someone who spent a lot of time in the kitchen.

“She liked good food, but she didn’t care about cooking day to day,” Van Nostran said.

She did enjoy gardening at her West Akron home on Eaglenest Avenue.

“She spent hours on her yard when she wasn’t working,” Van Nostran said.

A little more than a year after Anderson’s retirement, she had a series of small strokes. She moved to Sumner on Merriman in West Akron and then Sumner on Ridgewood in Copley.

While her health issues prevented her from doing some of the things she previously enjoyed, she still was able to participate in one of her favorite pastimes.

“She didn’t like to participate in activities like bingo, but they would read the newspaper out loud in the morning, and she would listen and comment,” Van Nostran said.

She said many will remember her mother for her unique take on life.

“Maggi never did anything that was usual,” her daughter said. “She certainly lived life on her terms and had a wonderful life.”

A celebration of Anderson’s life will take place Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Saunier House at Sumner on Ridgewood, 970 Sumner Parkway. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the activities program at Sumner on Ridgewood, 3880 Ridgewood Road, Copley, OH 44321.

Surviving Anderson are Lynne and her husband, Bill Van Nostran, of West Akron, and their daughters, Kirsten Ericson, of Brecksville, and Kendra Van Nostran, of Austin, Texas.

Published on the Leader Online, (Akron OH), February 22, 2007.2 

Last Edited 10 Nov 2012


  1. [S1286] 1940 U.S. Federal Census , 1940 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S1438] Akron Leader Online.
  3. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  4. [S1242] Ohio Death Index, 1908-32, 1938-44, and 1958-2007.
  5. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

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