Judy Anderson

judy anderson

Born January 26, 1947 in Williston, ND, Judy Ann Anderson was visiting her son’s home in Lake Park, MN when sudden cardiac arrest rendered her unconscious on July 5. She was taken to Essentia Hospital in Fargo, but never regained consciousness and died there on July 9. A longtime North Dakota resident, she had moved to Tucson, AZ in 1989. Judy lived for family and friends, who always found joy in her presence. Survivors include her husband Lawrence Lippert of Tucson, AZ; her son Gary Jon Schander and her daughter Tanya Rae Keats of Phoenix, AZ; her sisters Connie Klein of Fargo, Sharon Anderson of Carrington, Linda Zimmerman of Tucson, AZ and foster-sister Jeanette Bryant of Anoka MN, as well as her brother Edward of Barlow. Also surviving are her two ND granddaughters, Maggie Schander and Morgan Schander, plus former husband Frank Schander of Fergus Falls, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Judy graduated from New Rockford H.S. in 1965. She began extensive further education the very next year by earning her Proficiency Certificate in Practical Nursing at the N.D. State School of Science in Wahpeton, followed by her B.A. Degree at U.N.D. in 1989. Next came her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 1993, and finally her B.S. in Nursing from The State University of Albany in New York in 1996. Judy’s nursing career spanned almost four decades, much of it while raising her children in Northwood and earning her various college degrees. Judy worked for many years at Northwood Hospital (five years as Head Housekeeper). In Arizona she did extensive private and agency nursing before joining the staff at Sierra Tucson. She held various positions at Tucson’s V.A. Hospital during her final ten years. Judy’s abundant energy, stubborn independence and “up for anything” attitude delighted all who were blessed to know her, a truly loyal companion. Many persons sought her wise counsel, the fruit of her own lifelong commitment to become her best self, despite all obstacles. Judy’s many hobbies included extensive hiking and travel; reading; playing cards and board games; knitting; watching movies (she once sat through five-in-a-row at Tucson’s Loft, where she remained a frequent attendee right up to her death); theater-going (ushering plus three different season tickets in Tucson); landscaping and gardening; vigorous daily exercise and healthful dietary practice; plus being friend to many cats and dogs. Oh, and partying at the slightest excuse! Judy holds a lasting place in many hearts, saddened today but looking forward, as she did always during her exemplary life, with hope.

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  1. As the president-elect of the Old Pueblo Knitter’s Guild, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all of the family and friend of Judy. Judy was a vibrant presence in our guild and we will all miss her laugh and generosity of spirit. Our thoughts are with you all.

  2. Phoenix AZ
    My deepest condolences to the family who lost this amazing woman. It is truly an astounding spirit to be able to touch the lives of those around you the way that Judy did. Although I did not know her, I know of her, and I am confident to say that she made a great difference in this world and will be greatly missed.

    Sarah Fry

  3. Pelican Rapids MN
    Dear Anderson family,
    So sorry to hear about Judy. I remember good times riding the school bus and roller skating. I’m sure all of your memories will help you all through this difficult time.

    Teresa Mullenberg Lisko

  4. Stillwater OKGary and Tanya

    My condolences go out to you. I really enjoyed working with your ma in Northwood Dawn & I worked nights and
    she was congenial and good to work with. I’ll miss her great nursing skills.


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