January 26, 1947 ~ July 9, 2013
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.