Edith Sandvig

edith sandvig

Edith L. (Johnson) Sandvig, 89, Fargo passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Villa Maria Nursing Home, Fargo.

Edith was born to Bernard and Alice (McKay) Johnson on December 29, 1923 in Sandune Township near McLeod, ND.  After her education in McLeod, she took care of an invalid aunt.  When she was 18 years old she moved to St. Paul, MN and worked in a bakery.  She then became employed at Armour Company in South St. Paul in the canning department.  She was there for 3 years.  This is where she met her husband to be, Hilbert Augustine Sandvig.  She moved to Fargo and began working at Dakota Paint and Glass.  Edith and Hilbert were married on June 28, 1945 in Moorhead, MN.  They farmed in the Sheldon area until moving into Leonard in 1975.  Edith cooked at the Leonard School for 13 ½ years.  She retired in 1988.  Hilbert died in 1996.  She has been a member of the Silver Springs Homemakers and Helendale Lutheran Church. 

She is survived by her children; A. Eileen Rinde (Paul) Hoople, ND, and L. Dean Sandvig, McLeod, ND, Grandchildren, Steven (Amy), Nita (Brad), Karla (Chris), Dean, Rozalyn, Adam and Matthew and numerous Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings;  Lauris Johnson, Eleanor Olson and Opal Sandvig.

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  1. Bismarck ND
    I was sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. There must not be many of the old neighborhood still around, at least from that generation. Larry Strand

  2. Fargo ND
    I visited Edith many times at Villa when I was there visting my grandmother. Such a warm and easy person to visit with was Edith – I always looked forward to her smile. I shall miss her dearly.

  3. I am sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. She was a wonderful school cook! I enjoyed working with her during my time as superintendent at Leonard. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  4. El Cajon CADean and Eileen and Family:
    Sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. Thanks to Amanda we grew up like neighbors.
    Miles Otterburn

  5. tumacacori AZ
    God bless and comfort the family of my 2nd cousin Edith, one of three sisters who spread much joy and kindness wherever they went.

  6. Fargo ND
    Edith was a good friend of my Mom, Margie McShane, at Villa Maria. She was a wonderful person with such a kind heart. I am sure they will have a few more games of chinese checkers in Heaven as they played many games together at the Villa. Your Mom was a joy to visit with and feel blessed having had the opportunity to know her.
    Sympathy to all of her family.
    Bev McShane Malnory

  7. Leonard North Dakota
    Duane & I are in Colorado Springs, Co. & won’t be able to attend the celebration of Edith’s long & wonderful life. I’ve known Edith for many years, and at one time we were both in, what we called “Chubby Club”. The goal was to lose weight, but often, Edie would serve the members her homemade doughnuts! What a funny & classy lady. Lately, Duane & I came to think of her as our “second Mom,” and we loved her dearly. Whenever our grandson, Caleb, visited us from Co., he always wanted to see Edith and they would have some lively talks. Our sympathy goes out to Dean, his sons & grandson & to Eileen & family. May God bless & comfort you.

  8. Leonard North Dakota
    Duane & I are in Colorado Springs, Co. and won’t be able to attend the celebration of Edith’s wonderful long life. Years ago I was in, what we called,”Chubby Club,”with Edith. The goal was to lose weight,but often Edie would serve us doughnuts! What a funny & classy lady! Lately, Duane & I have come to think of her as our “second Mom”, & we loved her dearly. When our grandson Caleb came to visit us from Co., he always wanted to see Edith & they would have some lively talks. All our sympathy to Eileen & family & to Dean & sons. May God bless & comfort you.

  9. Fargo North Dakota
    Edith was one great lady. I got to know her from Villa Marie, where she and my mother, Margie McShane became great friends. Oh, the games of chinese checkers those two played were endless- they so enjoyed each others company! My sister and I saw Edith two Sundays ago and she was pretty chatty that day. My sympathy to your family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, Coleen MsShane Jordahl

  10. fargo ndSo sorry to hear of Ediths’ passing. She and I had many good visits when I worked at the Good Sam. She was jolly person and I really enjoyed her.

    God Blessings be with you and your family at this time of your loss.

  11. Ottawa KSEileen & Dean,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a delightful person and always made me feel at home. I have so many good memories of being at your house. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Bette Luther

  12. Lisbon ND
    Deepest sympathies from us. Edith was one classy lady.
    We were the people that got to adopt her wonderful little “Beau”. From that day on, Edith treated Dustin & our whole family as family to her.
    She & “Beau” became very big parts of our lives.
    She will never be forgotten!

    Rita & Dale Haugen

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