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Deloris Sandberg – Duluth News Tribune
Deloris Sandberg – Duluth News Tribune

Deloris (Del) Mae Sandberg, age 96, of Duluth, MN, passed away on July 4, 2024 at Solvay Hospice House surrounded by her family.

Deloris was the best person we knew – she lit up every room with her joy, gave selflessly of her time and wisdom, and faithfully radiated God’s love. In her eyes, we were the best versions of ourselves imaginable; in her legacy, we could become just that.

Del was born on February 6, 1928, in Fairdale, ND to Thomas and Matilda (Berntson) Olson. She graduated from Adams High School in 1949 and then from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fargo, ND. She worked as a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Grafton, ND, St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN, and taught a nursing assistant class at Duluth Vo-Tech.

At her sister Alma’s Grand Avenue Cafe, Del met Wil Sandberg, who took her dancing and then accompanied her through 45 years of marriage. It is comforting to see the two dancing together again.

Deloris was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and its Mary Circle, the American Legion Post 71 Auxiliary, St. Luke’s Alumni Association, and volunteered with the Salvation Army. Her greatest joys were traveling and cabin life on Hanging Horn Lake with her devoted family. Del’s favorite activities included cheering on Minnesota sports teams, playing cards with her canasta crew, snowmobiling and camping with her dear friends, starting clubs with her daughters, and hosting “dunking parties” with her grandchildren.

Nursing was her calling. Del put her life on hold to lovingly care for several sick family members through the final days of their lives. Her daughters ended up doing the same for her, but Deloris maintained her role as comforter, constantly reminding us how grateful she felt for the life she had been given – “Everything was just perfect.”

Deloris was preceded in death by her husband Wil Sandberg, her parents Thomas and Matilda Olson, her sisters Nora (Emil) Amundrud, Alma Bakken, Alida (Silas) Bjorg, Florence (Melvin) Wick, Olive Olson and Viola (Ray) Skorheim, and her brothers Arthur (Mary) Olson, Ted (Alice) Olson, Reynard (Edith) Olson and Wallace (Ruth) Olson.

Deloris is survived by three daughters: Valorie Paro of Lakeville, Minnesota, Pamela (Benjamin) Hodgkins of Hermantown, Minnesota, and Jennifer (Dr. Thomas) Osborne of Carlton, Minnesota; nine grandchildren: Matthew (Beth) Sheils, Brett Nelson, Benjamin (Michaela) Hodgkins, John (Tayler) Hodgkins, Dr. Emily (Seth) Bergstedt, Wil (Hannah) Osborne, Mary Osborne, Andrew Osborne, Isabelle Paro, Adriane Nelson, and Shawna Wellander; six great-grandchildren: Jackson, Natalie, Bennett, Aliviya, Norah, and Amelia; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

May God bless Deloris’ memory. As she herself said, “It was a wonderful life.”

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until the memorial service at 12:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2415 Ensign Street, Duluth.

By Liam