Lynn Ann (Cristadoro) Anderson died on December 30, 2022 in Prince Frederick, MD. Born on December 13, 1942 in New Orleans, LA to Brigadier General (USAF-Retired) Maurice Cristadoro and Doris (Monin) Cristadoro, Lynn was the oldest of seven children, five of whom survive her: Gary (Anita) Cristadoro, Jill Hudson, Cris (Nancy) Cristadoro, Dorice (Jeffrey) Zeier, and Mark Cristadoro. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Sharon, father-in-law Phillip Anderson, sister-in-law Christina Carpenter, brother-in-law Richard Hudson, and nephew Brian Carpenter.
Lynn is also survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Thomas (Tommy) Anderson, their six children Christina (Matthew) Langer, Jennifer (Ryan) Timmons, Kathleen Anderson (Thomas Brown, Jr.), Beth (Michael) Dice, Thomas Drew (Miriam) Anderson, and Brendan (Sarah) Anderson, as well as nine grandchildren Ashley, Sarah, Victoria, Jonathan, Michael, Brooke, Julia, Phillip, and Matthew, and two great-grandchildren Hayden and Zavien.
Lynn was a wonderful and dedicated mother to her six children. A devout Catholic, she ensured they all attended Mass every Sunday and Holy Day during their upbringing. She and Tommy sent all of their children to Catholic schools, and in 1992, armed with her Associates Degree from Immaculata College, Lynn chose to re-enter the workforce as a data entry clerk in the Admissions Department at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. During her 13-year tenure, four of their children attended and graduated from CUA tuition-free. This was just one of the countless gifts Lynn provided her children: she dedicated her life to being the best mother and wife she could be. Part of that entailed she and Tommy provided every tool they could to ensure their children’s success from childhood on. As a result, all of their children excelled in academics, athletics, and character. Countless award/promotion/pinning ceremonies, games, recitals, and competitions, Lynn and Tommy never missed a single one. Her children knew she loved them and was very proud of them.
Lynn loved family, gardening, dancing, music, theater, and entertaining. She also enjoyed domestic and international travel, especially with her children whenever possible. Most of these experiences she shared with the love of her life, Tommy, who was very proud to show off his beautiful wife at every opportunity. Lynn served as hostess, confidant, and social manager at Tommy’s restaurants in Hyattsville, MD, The Greenwood Inn and later Lee’s. Many a Friday night and Sunday afternoon saw Lynn dining and entertaining at the restaurant. Fierce yet elegant, classy yet could laugh at an off-the-cuff joke, Lynn made friends easily. Her grace was easily identifiable and all who met her adored her. Everyone from patron to staff always spoke very highly of her, and she and Tommy led by example with unflinching work ethic for their children who all worked at the restaurant.
Lynn lived a full, loving, and adventurous life. Even in the face of inevitable hardships, she always remained faithful to God, loyal and devoted to her family, and undeniably strong and valiant. Lynn will be sorely missed by the family and friends she leaves behind, who are comforted by the fact she is reunited in Heaven with the loved ones whose passing preceded hers. Her legacy is realized in her children and grandchildren, and the love she shares with her soulmate Tommy will never depart.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital. Memorial services will be held at a later date.