Norridge honors a vital volunteer
Elizabeth "Betty" Anderson has been a huge asset to theNorridge historical museum, says Norridge historian Myron Petrakis (left). A retirement breakfast party was held for Anderson on Tuesday. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 1, 2013 7:11AM
NORRIDGE — Betty Anderson will be sorely missed.
She has maintained the files for the Norridge Historical Society for the last 13 years.
And has done a fine job, according to Myron Petrakis, village historian.
Society members on Tuesday, Feb.26 treated Anderson to a farewell breakfast in tribute to her many years of community service, not only with the organization but also with other community groups, including Scouts and the Norridge Youth Association. She also served on the village Zoning Board.
Anderson is moving to Crystal Lake to be closer to family.
The Norridge Historical Society started quite by accident, according to Petrakis.
Estelle Sieb, wife of then-Village President Joseph Sieb, had collected numerous newspaper clippings that eventually were turned into three bound volumes of information on Norridge.
For the last 13 years, Anderson has taken on the job of collecting information for the society.
“I’ve learned a lot cutting out all those news items and filing them,” she said. “So much to learn — about the people, what they do.”
Anderson sees herself also becoming involved in her new community.
“I’m sure I’ll be volunteering for something,” she said with a laugh.
Q. How long have you lived in Norridge?
A. Since 1955.
Q. What attracted you to Norridge?
A. My husband used to drive through the neighborhood on his way to and from work. He thought it would be a nice place to live. He was right.
Q. In what way?
A. The people here have always been warm and friendly. And once they’re here, they stay here.
Q. What will you miss about Norridge?
A. I’ll miss my friends tremendously, but they’ve threatened to visit me in Crystal Lake. I’ll miss my home, but I sold it to a young couple who want to raise a family here. That makes moving a little easier.
Q. Favorite restaurant?
A. I like Red Lobster and Basilico.