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Selma Norma Sandberg (Sommerfeldt)

November 3, 1938 - March 29, 2020


With profound sadness we announce the passing of Selma Norma Sandberg our loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched.  Mom has gone on to join her beloved Glen.

She left us on March 29, 2020 while resting peacefully at her residence in Cranbrook.  She was in her 81st year.

She was born in Somme Saskatchewan where she spent her childhood, she moved with her family to Lumby, B.C. as a young woman.  She was working as a special needs teacher when she met the love of her life Glen and they married in 1957.  She was a loving mother to her children and a wonderful homemaker.  She and Glen moved the family to the Kootenays in 1972 residing at Baynes Lake.  In early 2000 they retired in Calgary where Glen passed and eventually Selma settled into the Jaffray Seniors housing complex in 2001.

Selma was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals and baking for her family and friends. She kept an immaculate house, was highly skilled with a crochet hook and enjoyed her job delivering rural route mail to the community for many years. A farm girl at heart she also loved gardening and canning. Mom was unique in that even though she was strong, stubborn and independent everyone who knew her loved Mom for her contagious laugh, her sparkle, her jokes and occasional borderline inappropriate behaviour.

Selma was predeceased by her loving husband Glen in 2000, parents Johannes and Johanna Sommerfeldt, in-laws Dorothy and John Sandberg, brother Ernest Sommerfeldt and his wife Maryanne as well as her special friend Richard Smith.

Selma was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories for her children Julie (Lincoln), Randy (Grace), Darren (Kim), Laurel (Mario), Dale (Kathy) and her chosen son Darren Hopp.  Her grandchildren Travis (Amy), Joey (Joanna), Daniel (Abigail), Kendra (JP), Chantelle (Manuel), Jessica (Jeff) and Allison.  Gigi (Great Grandma) also cherished all of her great-grandchildren Anika, Ava-Jo, Maddox, Kitra, Costen, Kessiney, Oscar and Astrid.  Selma is also survived by her dear sisters Irma McCluskey and Donna Faye.

There are many other family and friends in Mom’s life that were ever so important to her and we want to say thank you for the love and friendship you have shared with Mom over her life.

A heartfelt thank you to all involved in Mom’s care over the past years as she battled with her health.  Special thanks to Dr. Caroline Shilhan for treating Mom with such care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers those who wish to give a gift to honor Selma please give to one of the organizations that were near and dear to her.  The Glen Sandberg Memorial Park, c/o Baynes Lake Community Society, 468 Jaffray Baynes Lake Rd., Baynes Lake, B.C. V0B 1T0.  The Sand Creek Seniors Drop In Center, Box 369, Jaffray, B.C. V0B 1T0 or the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Society, 30 – 8th Avenue South, Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 2K3.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Selma when the family is able to arrange it.




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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ray & Donna Charest
Relation: I have personally known family since late 60s my sister is married to Randy

Sorry to hear of your loss,I know how special she was

From: Rosemary Sherret
Relation: She lived in the same complex as my dad, Arnold Seabrook, and aunt Alice Olsen

I was saddened to hear about Selma. Thinking of all of you at this time. Believe I knew her from Jaffray at the Senior’s home

From: DeAnn Wheaton
Relation: Friend

Sorry for the loss of a beautiful woman inside and out. Please take comfort that her smile and smart wit was a welcoming part that I loved when she walked into the store. Hugs and kisses to the family

From: Kay Amundson
Relation: Friend

My deepest thought to the whole family. Selma was always such a joy to visit with and we partied very well! RIP my gal

From: Bob Cherney
Relation: Friend of the family

Condolences to Julie, Fritz, Darren, Laurel and Dale and families on the passing of your dear Mom. She was a special lady and she will be missed. Lots of memories of her while growing up with you all. What I remember most about was her wonderful sense of humour and that she loved to laugh. RIP Selma.

From: Lynda czernicki
Relation: Cousin

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, she was a lovely lady, she will be missed. You will always have your memories of your mom. With sympathy Les and Lynda Czernicki

From: Heather Serafini
Relation: Friend

So sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs to all. Cherish the memories❤️❤️

From: Eunice (Townsend) Clark
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of Selma’s passing, my condolences to all her family . She was a beautiful lady , I’m glad to have gotten to know her better when she lived in the Senior Center with my mom .. RIP Selma

From: Colleen Bates (Bolen)
Relation: cousin and friend

A very special lady with a mischevious twinkle in her eye and an infectious giggle. it was always nice to see her. Hugs to the family

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Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

The Glen Sandberg Memorial Park, c/o Baynes Lake Community Society, 468 Jaffray Baynes Lake Rd., Baynes Lake, B.C. V0B 1T0.

The Sand Creek Seniors Drop In Center, Box 369, Jaffray, B.C. V0B 1T0 or the

Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Society, 30 – 8th Avenue South, Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 2K3.


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