Our beautiful Earth angel, Marcella "Sally" Artz, 84, Fargo, ND, passed away on Thursday, April 22 surrounded by family and under the tender care of Hospice and staff at Villa Maria nursing home.

Marcella "Sally" T. Longen was born on February 2, 1926 to Jacob and Mary (Hopfer) Longen in Gregory, SD.  She graduated from high school there and went on to Northern State College, Aberdeen, SD, where she obtained her teaching degree.  She later obtained two Masters in Education.  Sally married Robert "Bob" Artz on October 18, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Aberdeen, SD.  For more than 40 years, she taught children in English, Speech Therapy and Learning Disabilities in Yankton, SD; Aberdeen, SD; and Moorhead, MN.  Sally was active in the Christian Women's Group, Shanley High School board.  

Sally's spirit, spunk and love for her family and friends were never more evident than through her joy of entertaining. All were warmly welcomed to her home and table. She had a passion for her cats and playing bridge with her friends. Her other interests included walks with her husband, traveling, bowling, fishing and time spent with family at their lake home on Pickeral Lake, MN  

She is survived by her husband, Bob; children Barbara (Vernon) Kroshus, Moorhead, MN; Kathryn (Dean) Long, Phoenix, AZ; David (Lisa) Artz, Fargo, ND; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother Francis "Spike" (Helen) Longen, Adelphi, MD; brother-in-law Donald (Betty) Artz, Aberdeen, SD; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son James; brothers Larry, Ed, Bert; sisters Isabelle, Margaret, and Genevieve.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to Hospice of the Red River Valley and Alzheimer's Association.

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