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Gudrun "Goodie" Anderson

Gudrun I. “Goodie” Anderson, 97 of Hensel, ND passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020, with her family by her side.  She was born on June 23, 1923, daughter of Samuel and Sigridur Johnson in Gardar, ND. 

She graduated from high school from Gardar, ND and Park River Ag School for business. After graduation she was employed at the ASCS office in Cavalier.  Goodie moved to California in fall of 1943 and worked North America Aircraft till the summer of 1944. 

Goodie was married to Russell J. Anderson on October 22, 1944.  They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this past year.  After their marriage they moved to California and she worked at Signal Corps until after the war and at the Bank of America.  Russell and Goodie then moved back to North Dakota to farm.  She then worked as a bookkeeper at the Hensel Elevator for 10 years.

Goodie was an amazing mother, grandmother and great grandmother to 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Her life centered on her family, creating beautiful memories and her life with Russell on the farm.  She will be dearly missed by her family.

Goodie was passionate about baking and cooking, she was famous for her homemade bread, “Grandma Goodie Buns” and Sunday morning pancake breakfast. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, wood carving, gardening, flowers and her various women’s groups in Hensel, ND and Mesa, AZ. 

Goodie and Russell enjoyed traveling after their retirement, especially to Iceland because of their Icelandic heritage.  They spent 25 years going to Arizona and became a part of the Trail Riders Ranch, Mesa, Arizona. Their friends at Trail Riders were very special to them.

Goodie was a resident at Borg Memorial Home for the over the past 2.5 years. Her family is very appreciative of the care, kindness and love that was shown during her stay with them.

Goodie is survived by her husband, Russell Anderson of Hensel, ND and her 5 children, Jerome (Debra) Anderson of Dallas, TX, Sandra (Arnie) Peterson, Cavalier, ND, Jeff (Brenda) Anderson, Cavalier, ND, Rick (Ruth) Anderson, Kinston, NC and Randy (Carol) Anderson, West Fargo, ND. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Brent (Natalie) Anderson, Alyssa (Henry) Strazza, Corey (Brittany) Nelson, Jennifer (Russell) Hatt, AJ Peterson, Drew Peterson, Jason Anderson, Lindsay (Casey Olmstead) Anderson, Joshua (Nicole) Anderson, Jesse Anderson, Samuel (Stefani) Anderson, Adam (Courtney McIlhenny), Jacob (Amy) Anderson and Amy (Drew) Fullenkamp.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and siblings, Oliver Johnson, Victor Johnson and Lillian Johnson.  She has also been preceded in death by many other relatives and friends.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be a private funeral service with plans of a celebration of her life at a later date.  The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Borg Memorial Home, Mountain, ND, United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. or the Pembina County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Cavalier, ND.





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Sandy, So sorry to hear about your mother. It looks like she enjoyed a full life surrounded by friends and family. I know you said she also enjoyed her "other family" in Arizona. Condolences to your father.

Monte and Jane Morris Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM

Our love and sympathy is extended to the family of Goodie. She was a great pinochle player which we enjoyed playing at Trail Riders Ranch. We would stop for a chat and Russ would say You have time for a game and Goodie would agree. Of course, you also have to have a cup of coffee. Of course, she always had a dessert on hand! We miss them both and send our love. Blessings in her memory.

Sibbie and Emily Kristjanson Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Goodies passing. I would ride bike down #3 and would sometimes stop in and Goodie would share her homemade bread with me. Always a gracious and caring person.

Diane Hoffman Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers Russ and family a beautiful lady through and through

ALICE Korpach Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

Sandy and Arnie,, so sorry to read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Duray Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Goodie will always hold a very special place in my heart. Her never ending energy was always something I marveled at. Even when she needed to be on oxygen she would scurry around the kitchen to get a cup of coffee and of course a delicious treat when you stopped by. She and Uncle Russell have always been there to share in my family memories from births, graduations, and weddings to the passing of my own parents. Her quiet strength and unending love of family will be remembered by us all. We love you Aunt Goodie MaryLynn

MaryLynn and Russ Skavlem and family Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM