Lorraine Sandstrom

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October 11, 1922 ~ March 11, 2011

The heavens greeted a new angel when Lorraine Louise Sandstrom
passed away peacefully the morning of March 11, 2011.
"The world has angels all too few; and heaven is overflowing."
Lorraine was born on October 11, 1922 in Gaylord, Minnesota, joining her mother and father, Alvina and Willy Krueger as the youngest sibling to Werner, Elna and Meta, all who have preceded her in death. At the tender age of 14 she experienced the loss of a leg, something she never considered as a disability and was determined to not allow it to slow her down in anything she put her mind to.
When World War II erupted she followed her relatives to the west coast and began working at the Kaiser Shipyards and Alpenrose Dairy. It was during this time that she enjoyed the courtship of her husband-to-be Clayton "Sandy" Sandstrom and they married on May 5, 1946.
They settled down on a small piece of acreage in Hazel Dell where she lived until 1998, then moving into Vancouver. Lorraine was a stay-at-home Mom and taught her children by examples of her compassion and generosity. She served as a two-time President of Sarah J. Anderson PTA and attended several state conventions. She was also a member of the Lady Jaycees. She was active at St. Paul Lutheran Church since the 1950's, being a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, established the Order of St. John along with Clayton and worked in the church office. She was involved with the Lutheran Church Women as President, Education Chairman and Bible study leader for the Ruth Circle. She also worked on the funeral committee and was a proud member of the Diamond Daughters.
One of Lorraine's greatest joys was her granddaughter, Angie, who was the "apple of her eye". We'll forever be grateful for her sense of humor and the wisdom that she shared. Her strong faith helped her family and friends whenever they needed guidance. Her humility and acceptance will forever be an inspiration. We know that she is now our heavenly guardian angel and will continue her love for us as part of God's plan.
Lorraine is preceded in death by Clayton Sandstrom and son Gary Sandstrom.
She is survived by daughter Brenda (Jim) Tiefenthaler, grand- daughter Angie (Steve) VanderPloeg as well as Jamie (Missy) Tiefenthaler, Ben Tiefenthaler and Danielle Tiefenthaler.
We wish to offer special thanks to the ICU angels at SWMC; Ashley, Deborah, Danielle, Susan and especially Andy.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 13th & Franklin, Vancouver, WA.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life. Memorial contributions can be made to Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.
"The farther we go along the path of God,
the more angels we shall encounter."
Please view/sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 27, 2011
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