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Sandi Christofferson

Sandi Curry Christofferson, 65, died on Monday, August 1, 2016 in her home at Woodlake, North Dakota, cared for by her family. Her celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, ND with Pastor Tom Westcott officiating.

Sandi was born on August 24, 1950 in Minot, North Dakota to Henry and Arlene Curry. She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1968. At an early age, she showed an interest in social work and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in 1971. During her junior year of college, through an exchange program she attended Grambling College in Louisiana. Later, she went on to receive a Master Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University in New York State in 1983, where she specialized in Family Mental Health. Sandi completed post�graduate diplomas in Infant Mental Health, & Parent/Infant Psychotherapy in London, England.

She met Lee Christofferson while at UND, and they were married in 1973. They have been married for 43 years.

Prior to beginning full time private practice, Sandi was involved in many years of social work practice. She focused the majority of her skills on issues relevant to children and families. She served for 8 years at Rugby and Rolla Social Services, 7 years at Lutheran Social Serves in Rugby, 10 years at The Village Family Service Center in Devils Lake where she served as a regional supervisor, 20 years in supervision of social work practitioners and other counseling disciplines involved in family preservation work, 15 years teaching social work at LRSC, and 11 years teaching graduate level courses at UND. Most recently she and her husband Lee had taught a social work class at UND together. For the last 15 years of her career she had been in full time private practice at Christofferson Consulting. She also had consulting roles with Early Head Start, Head Start, and other early intervention programs in North Dakota. In addition to her clinical counseling and teaching, she provided workshops, supervision for both social work students and professionals, and training on various topics related to infant mental health, social work ethics and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

In retirement, Sandi enjoyed knitting, swimming, Tai Chi, traveling, reading, playing with her grandchildren, and spending time at her little slice of heaven on Woodlake. Sandi had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer over 8 years ago and saw it not as the enemy, but as something she had to learn to live with in order to survive. Her positive outlook on life, and her strong spirit helped her to live as long as she did, and live her life free from regret.

Sandi is survived by her husband Lee; children Eric (wife Anne Marie Studer) and their children Daniel and Nora of Grand Forks and Neslie of Shreveport, LA; sister Cheryl Bullinger (Harlie Bullinger) of Grand Junction, CO and brother Jon Curry (Debi Curry) of Gray, ME; aunts and an uncle; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a UND social work education scholarship that will be established in Sandi’s honor.

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To the faimly im sorry for your loose, your mother , wife, grandmother, sister, was such a big influence in mine and my grandchildren life it was heart breaking to hear others will not have the experience and joy of knowing her. She taught me not to worry about what i cant control but only what i can. We grew to love her with much respect and gratitude. She will be remembered in our hearts forever !

Linda Morgam Sep 1 2016 12:00 AM

Lee and family, We were so sorry to hear about Sandi's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this time.

Norm and Peggy Baumgarn Aug 10 2016 12:00 AM

Lee, Sorry to hear of your loss

dennis and Joni Flaten Aug 8 2016 12:00 AM

Lee... sympathies to you, Eric and Neslie and your families. God Bless

Phil and Brenda Langerud Aug 7 2016 12:00 AM

Phil and Judy Brossrt has sent an Expressions of Sympathy card.

Phil and Judy Brossrt Aug 7 2016 12:00 AM

Lee, we were so very sorry to hear that Sandi passed away. Wish that we could have been at her services, however, our daughter was married yesterday. Our thoughts are with you in your sorrow. Please stop and see us when you get to Bismarck.

Pat and LaMoure Besse Aug 7 2016 12:00 AM

Judge, you and your family are in my prayers, What I learned from the two of you at UND, I will use lifelong in my career as a social worker. Thank you

Heidee Hill Aug 5 2016 12:00 AM

Prayers for you all. I have enjoyed Sandi's crazy, creative self! Our knitting group will never be the same. I will continue to work toward the excellence in the "needles" as she did. I hope the knit-bombed walker brought a smile to her face...it was such a pleasure to be a part of its creation! A road-trip might be in order to Prairie Yarns in Sandi's honor! Hugs.

Kelly Sager Aug 4 2016 12:00 AM

Lee and family, We are sad to hear about Sandi's passing. I will always remember her quick smile and laugh. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Randi and Sara Anfinson

Sara Anfinson Aug 4 2016 12:00 AM

Lee, We are so sad to hear of Sandi's passing. We had heard that she had been quite sick. When I saw you at Curt Hofstad's funeral you were so positive about her condition, so we were surprised to hear of her passing. We would like to attend her funeral, but the miles are so far. We will be there in spirit. If you would like to call sometime, feel free to call at 907-354-8074 or come see us if you are travelling in Alaska. Rick and Jill Besse

Rick and Jill Besse Aug 4 2016 12:00 AM

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