Hildegarde T. “Hilda” Anderson, 97, died March 9, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Valley City, ND. Her funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Valley City. There will be a visitation at Lerud Mathias Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a set time to share memories of Hilda and Cubby beginning at 7:00 p.m. The mass will be broadcast live then archived on his tribute page with his obituary on www.lerudmathias.com
Hilda was born on May 4, 1924, to Herman and Josephine (Kurray) Eberle on their family farm east of Dazey, ND, near St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Hilda’s main focus has always been education; first his own, then that of his students. Hilda graduated from St Catherine’s High School in 1941, then earned her 2-year teaching degree at Valley City State University, graduating in 1943. Hilda worked hard for her education, earning room and board working for the families where she stayed. with and had part-time jobs to spend money in Valley City.
Hilda taught at Hannaford, Oriska, and Edgeley schools before returning to Valley City State University in 1952 where she earned a 4-year teaching degree in 1954. Hilda owned her own car while teaching at Edgeley but the sold to pay tuition and fees. After graduating, Hilda taught at Carrington until her marriage.
Hilda married Vernon “Cubby” Anderson on October 22, 1955, at St Mary’s Catholic Church. They lived in Valley City for the winter before moving to a house in Leal, ND where they raised their family and lived for 30 years. In addition to teaching at Leal and filling in at North Central and Wimbledon, Hilda has worked with Cubby on the farm. Among other tasks, Hilda operated one of the combines during the harvest.
Hilda was active in St Boniface’s Catholic Church in Wimbledon as well as in the Leal community. She was on the school reorganization council and was proud of her contribution to education in a different way from teaching. Hilda was always busy. She maintained a large garden, canning and freezing many liters of vegetables and fruits to feed her family. She also created quilts for the family and tried new crafts for decoration and gifts.
Hilda loved to travel. Prior to her marriage, she traveled to visit relatives in Oregon and took a bus trip through the eastern United States. Later, with Cubby and her children, Hilda took a family vacation in the car. She and Cubby also made several trips alone to Europe to visit loved ones. They were definitely “snowbirds”, usually traveling to southern states during the winter and later staying in Florida, Arizona and Alabama to escape the cold.
Hilda was predeceased by her parents, Herman and Josephine Eberle, her son, Kent Anderson, her husband, Vernon Anderson and her siblings, Herman, Rudy and Albrecht Eberle and Irma (Neil) Ludwig.
She is survived by her son Dan (Anne) Anderson, her daughter Gail Anderson and her grandchildren Jon Anderson, Mike Anderson and Taylor Sorensen.
Hilda was a loving wife and mother, but she always remained a strong, independent woman. She was loved and will be missed.
Lerud Mathias Funeral Home in Valley City is helping Hilda’s family make arrangements.