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Edith E. Sandvik

July 9, 1924 — May 11, 2019

BRISTOL – Edith Sandvik 94 of Bristol passed away Saturday May 11, 2019 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday May 25, 2019 at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster. Burial will be at Bergen Lutheran Cemetery near Bristol. Visitation will be Friday 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home. Edith Evangeline Thorness was born on July 9, 1924 to Adolph and Mina (Lensegrav) Thorness at Peabody Hospital in Webster, South Dakota. The family made their home near Roslyn, South Dakota. She was baptized at Roslyn Lutheran Church. When Edith was a young child, the family moved to Webster, where Edith was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She graduated from Webster High School in 1942. After her education, she moved to San Diego, California where she was employed at Consolidated Air Craft and the North Island Naval Air Station. She returned to Webster when her mother was ill. While in Webster, Edith took employment at the Dime Store, Woodward’s Department Store, and the Day County Auditor’s Office. One June 27, 1947 she was united in marriage to Clarence Sandvik at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. The couple made their home in Webster for about a year and later moved to his parent’s farm which they later purchased. As a farmer's wife, she kept busy raising chickens and selling eggs to many neighbors. She always said she learned so much about living on the farm from Grandma Sandvik. As the three older girls left home, she began working at Sun Dial Manor and worked there for a number of years. Edith was a member of Bergen Lutheran Church where she actively participated in the church choir & taught Sunday School where she served as secretary and treasurer. She was also very active in the Bergen WELCA group where she served as secretary, treasurer, and vice president. She enjoyed visiting with friends over a cup of coffee, dancing, search-a-word puzzles, and above all else, she cherished time with her family. She will be forever loved and greatly missed by her four daughters; Pam Kirchmeier of Watertown, SD, Monica (Tom) Oberle of Bristol, SD, Gwen (Don) Gross of Aberdeen, SD, and Laurel (Randy) Janssen of Sioux Falls, SD, ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers; Gordon and Arthur Thorness, two sisters; Laura Loberg and Esther Snyder, and one son-in-law Dennis Kirchmeier.
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