Cecilia (Sally) Anderson, 81, died at St. Alexius Hospital, Jan. 31, 2018. Cremation has taken place at her request. Sally was soon joined by her husband, John William Anderson, 84, who died at Baptist Health Care Center, March 3, 2018.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Bismarck Funeral Home, 3723 Lockport St., Bismarck. A rosary and vigil service will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a Catholic funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Church of Corpus Christi, 1919 N 2nd St., Bismarck, with Fr. Paul Becker officiating. Burial is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
John was born May 12, 1933, in Hazen, to Ralph and Gladys Anderson. He was raised in Fort Clark and Center, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army 6th division from 1953-55, and graduated from Minot State College with an accounting degree. Sally was born April 13, 1936, in Oliver County, to Victor and Emma Friesz and raised on a farm south of Center, as well as in town, where she graduated from Center High School in 1955. Sally also earned a business degree at Minot State College.
John and Sally met in Minot, married during a snowstorm Nov. 17, 1958, and made their home in Bismarck. John served as assistant treasurer at Gold Seal Company and managed their data processing department for 30 years, while Sally was as an active stay-at-home mom. After his tenure at Gold Seal, John worked nine years as DP coordinator at the State of N.D. Human Resources Department. Sally then specialized in taxes at H&R Block for 10 years and the State Tax Department for six years, as she enjoyed part-time sales at The Prairie Peddler.
John and Sally loved lake life at their cabin on Lake Sakakawea, where they spent many years hunting, fishing, boating, water skiing, and gathering for fun with family and friends. Sally was a talented artist and cook, enjoyed hosting family events and holidays, and loved spending time with John at the Elks and American Legion, where he maintained lifelong memberships. Sally served as secretary for their bowling league at Midway Lanes, where they were avid multi-league bowlers for many years. During retirement they traveled, played bingo, visited casinos with friends, and worked hobby jobs, with John counting fish for N.D. Game and Fish and Sally founding her own business, “Sally’s Charms.”
John and Sally are preceded in death by their parents; Sally’s siblings, Regina Bauer, Anton Friesz, Peter Friesz; their three infant daughters, Mary, Beth, and Cory Ann; and their son, Patrick.
They are survived by John’s sisters, Ruby (Mike) Schepper, Mary Kay (Donovan) Kitch; Sally’s sisters, Ann Hoff, Emily Leichtnam; their daughters, Denise Anderson, St. Paul, Minn., Danita (Bruce) Donnachie, San Marcos, Calif.; grandchildren, Emily (Chris) Mauch, Bismarck, Renae (Charlie) Hall, Hillsboro, W.Va., Danielle Dumas, San Diego, Taylor Anderson, Morgantown, W.Va., and great-grandchildren, Domanick, Alexavier, Rylan, and Adalaide.
Memorials may be made in care of John and Sally Anderson to the CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Foundation and directed to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department, PO Box 5510, Bismarck, ND 58506-5510.