Jackson Anderson

Jackson Anderson, of Prior Lake, passed away from complications of heart failure surrounded by incredible love and in the loving arms of his mother and brother on January 19, 2019 at the age of 16.

A gathering of family & friends will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM with Prayers & Reflections at 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant St. SE) in Prior Lake.  Christian Mass is Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church in Prior Lake.  Father Tom Walker will preside.  A reception will follow at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake.

On July 22, 2002, Dan & Maureen Anderson welcomed their son, Jackson David Anderson, into the world.  Even before he was born, Jackson was a fighter.  When Maureen was pregnant, they found out Jackson had a congenital heart defect, but that didn’t stop him from coming into the world with force.  His parents and big brother were completely in love with him right away.  He had beautiful blue eyes and the softest blond hair.  From the start, Jackson looked just like his mom and was stubborn like his dad.

At just 10 days old, Jackson had his first open heart surgery. By the time he was 3 years old he had three more.  This never got Jackson down.  He was always a happy boy.  His family quickly learned that Jackson was an old soul and had a mature wit.  Jackson could always keep his dad laughing, especially at bedtime, which helped him stay up longer.

Growing up, Jackson loved tagging along with his brother, Sam.  The two of them loved playing board games together, but they would make up their own rules to the games just to keep things interesting.  The Andersons were really close with the Kot family.  Dan & Maureen and Greg & Mary Jane loved getting their families together.  Because of this, Sam & Jackson grew up with Alex & Megan. They spent countless hours together seeing movies, enjoying the lake and playing American Idol.  “The Foursome” shared a lot of special times together.

Jackson loved traveling with his family.  The Andersons took many trips abroad and went on several cruises together. But Jackson’s favorite destination was Duluth.  He even had a tattoo of the Duluth Lift Bridge on his arm.  Jackson treasured all the family trips to the North Shore.  He loved being with his family, and he really invested in his relationships with aunts, uncles and cousins.  All the little kids in the family loved Jackson, because he always made time for them and would even let the little girls put pony tails in his hair.

In his free time, Jackson was very active.  He enjoyed downhill skiing, cheering on the Minnesota Twins, playing video games, shopping with his mom, and watching his favorite show, Friends.  He could quote every line from every episode.  Over the years, he played baseball, did karate and was involved in Mock Trial.  Jackson was so proud to work at Edelweiss Bakery and loved talking with customers.

Jackson truly was a fighter.  He had such a strong determination, but his heart just wasn’t strong enough.  Jackson captured the hearts of the staff members at Children’s Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis.

Jackson will always be remembered for his sweet personality and great sense of humor.  He will live on in the hearts of all who loved him.  Jackson is deeply missed by his mom, Maureen Anderson; brother, Sam Anderson; many aunts & uncles, cousins, grandparents, very close friends and other loving family and friends. Jackson was greeted in Heaven by his dad, Dan Anderson. He gave his dad the most extraordinary birthday gift you could ever imagine.

 

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  1. Michelle Hartwig :

    My heart continues to feel so heavy and broken for your family. Jackson was such a delight to all whose lives he touched. My prayers for your family as you mourn this great loss.

  2. Jeneane Walker :

    Dearest Maureen, Sam, and family,
    Our hearts are broken for your loss. Jackson was a true gift. He had a loving, supportive family who would do anything for him. May he be in peace, and may you take some comfort in knowing how much he loved you and what a gift you were in return.
    Deepest love and sympathies,
    Jeneane Walker & Randy Millham

  3. Lynn Harris-Kreibich :

    Maureen and Sam, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet and loving son and brother. What a beautiful soul. I pray that Jackson is filled with the love and peace of our Heavenly Father and that you are comforted by his grace.

  4. Maureen, Sam and the rest of Jackson’s family and friends. It’s with deepest sympathy to let you know what a strong young man Jackson was. He became a hero to me for his strength and courage. Even though I never met Jackson I feel like I came to know him through all the posts goid, scary and sad posts on Caringbridge Maureen. He’ll be held in my memory for the remainder of my days on earth and know we’ll all meet him in Heaven.

  5. I know there are no words that can ease the pain and sorrow of your loss. When someone we love falls asleep in death, the memories we have of them become our treasure. May those cherished memories and the promise held out to us in God’s word at John 5:28, 29 be of some comfort to you.

  6. Marcia Hagmayer :

    Maureen and Sam,
    Jackson brought so much to this world and left such a powerful legacy. He taught us the value of fighting, he showed us how to enjoy life and he emulated love as demonstrated through both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love,
    The Hagmayer Family

  7. Harold and Renee Sonnek :

    All our love and prayers to you, Maureen and Sam,
    It is quite obvious that Jackson was given by God to a loving and wonderful family. Thank you for sharing his story. What a wonderful gift he was. But it is not over. You can talk to him, pray with him, cry with him and know that you will be together with him in Eternity. Take time to grieve. That is so important. Take time for you and Sam. We join you with our prayers and very best wishes for healing and understanding. You have accomplished many miracles in your care giving of Jackson. Know that he is in a place where he can give that care for you in far bigger ways than you can know.

  8. Traci (Lange) and Chris Nichols :

    May our Lord bless and comfort you, your family and friends during this time of grief. Please our sincere condolences.

  9. Mike and Marjean Weis :

    Maureen and Sam,
    This wonderful tribute you have just shared is beautiful.
    We wish we had the words to say that would ease your pain but there are none , at this time.
    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you journey through these next days, months and years
    God Bless you both !

  10. Sometimes we’re selfish wanting to keep our loved ones here on earth with us. When I think of Jackson in heaven, he’s free of the machines, equipment, tubes, pokes, and meds that he needed to have an earthly existence. May your tremendous sadness be lifted by remembering Jackson’s sense of humor, joy, strength, and just his essence. He made so many lives richer and fuller, and I know you are so incredibly prout of him.

    Before my mom died, she asked God to let her have a role in taking care of the kiddos in heaven. She and Dan and all God’s angels are welcoming Jackson home.

    Continued love and prayers!

  11. Maureen and Sam,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. No words can ease the pain and sorrow of your loss.
    You have a wonderful Angel looking over you now and forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love,
    The Benyo Family

  12. Dear Maureen and Sam,

    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday.
    Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and oh so dear.

    You have our sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful son Jackson. This time is most difficult and it’s hard to see beyond the anguish and pain that you feel. Over time, we hope that the special memories that you shared with your son will bring you some peace and comfort.

    We are not able to attend Jackson’s funeral due to a trip to FL during that time.
    We will be there in spirit sending you hugs and many prayers.

    We have lit a candle daily for Jackson since Saturday.

    In Sympathy,
    Deb, Norm, and Sarah Bordsen Bailey

  13. Maureen, Sam and all of your family- You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He is free now and looking down upon all of you with so much love and gratitude for giving him such a beautiful life. Continued love and prayers.

  14. Cindy Casterton :

    Sending prayers and loving thoughts during this difficult time.

  15. Shelly St Germain :

    I am so sorry to hear of Jackson’s passing. I worked at Jeffers Pond Elementary School as a “lunch lady” and got to know Jackson and his brother quite well. Both were terrific kids!!!
    My heart goes out to the Anderson’s. I often thought of them both wondering what they were up to. Jackson was such a great kid.
    My deepest sympathies.

  16. Maureen, Sam & Family,
    Jackson always seemed to have a smile to share to others. I loved that smile! Our thoughts & prayers are with you and our hearts are breaking.
    The Tinguelys

  17. Maureen,
    I remember meeting Jackson at my first UHC Heart Walk. What a smile, what an inspiring young man! My prayers are for you and Sam to hold together tightly, knowing you are so loved from above. Words cannot express my sorrow in your loss… praying and thinking of you.
    With God’s love,

  18. My heart aches for you and your family, Maureen.

    You’ll be in my prayers.

    Take care,

    Tim Johnson

  19. Acelind Evenstad :

    Maureen,
    My prayers goes out to you, families, and friends. Hello I am Acelind I am a junior. When I found out I was torn, he was such a good kid I had him in my English, Math, and Seminar class. I remember telling Jackson advice for school on the first day of high school freshmen year, I said “Do not procrastinate, turn in your homework on time, and study for test. You’ll do just fine.” He said “Thank you I’ll keep that in mind.” He made me smile when he would smile back at me. He was really good at Uno he kicked my butt. He was such a funny, kind hearted, and outgoing person. I am glad I got to know him. I am gonna miss him dearly so much. I’m so sorry for your lost, you’re strong you got this. Just remember he watching down from above smiling because he got to live a good life.
    Take care,
    Acelind Evenstad

  20. Thank you for sharing Jackson’s life with everyone. He is truly a beautiful soul ❤️I pray you all find peace and strength. Love and light ❤️ The Benson family

  21. Dearest Mo and Sam.
    My heart goes out to you both and all who were close to Jackson.
    In this darkest time of grief and sadness there is the light of deep appreciation of life and its preciousness.
    Love and healing to you both.
    Pip

  22. Meghan Blomquist :

    My heart is heavy and I send so much love to you as you try to wrap your head and heart around this loss. Jackson was such a sweetheart and I loved being his 2nd grade teacher. So much love to all of you right now.

  23. Patty Kraushaar :

    I clearly remember Jackson as one of my fourth grade students who always had a smile on his face, and had the ability to bring joy to all of us. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ❤️

  24. Joyce Karlsrud :

    Maureen and Sam……my heart is aching for you and your great loss. You both have so much to deal with right now, and it will take time to grieve and heal. But know that both Dan and Jackson will be watching over you and sending their love to give you the strength to get through these very sad times.
    There are still quite a few of our staff members who have been with UHC Training & Development since back when Jackson was born, and we have followed his life’s journey through his early surgeries and through his childhood years. And I know I speak for all of us when I say we have felt so much love for that sweet young man with a smile that would light up the darkest night. Thank you for allowing us to travel that journey with your family.
    Hang on to those precious memories of times with Jackson that you have enjoyed over the years. They will bring you warmth and happiness in the future, and memories are one thing that no one can take from you.

  25. Maureen, Sam and the whole family of love …
    I’m so sorry to hear of Jackson’s passing. What grief. I cannot imagine. My heart sends love and warmth to hold you and protect as you go through this time. Know you are thought of and held in love.
    I send you hugs of healing and prayers for peace. You are all cherished and so lucky to have each other to hold onto now.

  26. Michael E Anteau :

    Dear Maureen and Sam
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Jackson. My deepest sympathies to both of you and your family. Having only had a brief opportunity to meet him I knew then he was such a special and friendly young man. I will always appreciate those moments and he and you will be in my prayers. Again such heartfelt sorrow! Mike Anteau

  27. Carol Bordignon :

    I am so sorry for your loss. You, your family, and Jackson’s friends are in my prayers. (I am a member of your UHG family, a heart disease survivor, and a “Heart Walker” for the last 10 years)

  28. Carmen Sweetman :

    Oh my dear Maureen. May prayers and love hugs abound, as they are felt and sent and felt through this caring thread.

    May your strength continue to serve you through this difficult time. You are an inspiration.

  29. Dennis and Ellen Godfrey :

    Maureen and Sam –
    I struggle to find words adequate enough during this time of unimaginable sadness. Jackson has held a special place in Dennis and my hearts and he’s never been far from our thoughts and prayers. I don’t have the words to soothe your grief and express how much we are feeling for you now. Just know that we love you and Sam and we are keeping you close to us in thought and in prayer. We love you!!

  30. I am so sorry to learn of Jackson’s passing. What a tremendous son and brother. May you carry Jackson with you through the many sweet memories you hold in your hearts.

    May eternal rest grant unto Jackson, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    The Volk family

  31. Dear Mo and Sam,
    Wishing you healing and sending you LOVE. I hope your grief can move gracefully toward great memories and celebration of Jackson. Such a beautiful boy with a beautiful spirit. Your special Mother/Son and Brother to Brother relationships brings smiles to everyone. You are a beautiful and loving family.

    Love,
    Jane

  32. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  33. Maureen and Sam,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Jackson. Prayers go out to you and the rest of your family. I feel Dan is smiling that great smile of his now that Jackson is with him in heaven. Continue to be strong and support and love one another during this tough time. God bless.

  34. Michael Koppang :

    I remember Jackson in Phy ed class at Jeffers Pond. I remember Jackson having a great sense of humor! He was one of few students that would laugh at my silly jokes I would tell in class:)
    My prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  35. Maureen and Sam –

    Sending caring thoughts your way and hoping that you are surrounded by love, family and friends during this difficult time.

    Hold on tight to all of your memories of Jackson ~ and know that he touched many lives with his smile and sweet, friendly ways.

    Hoping prayers, friendship, and strength will help you through the tough days ~ Beth Fuller

  36. My deepest sympathy is with all of you! I am so sorry for your loss! Becky Jilk, Lunchroom Supervisor at PLHS

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