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Marlene Sandberg


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Marlene Sandberg Obituary
Marlene Sandberg
Dec. 10, 1935 - June 9, 2014
Resident of Pleasanton
Marlene was born on December 10, 1935 in San Diego to Christine Duarte and John Vancel. She spent most of her youth living in Oakland, Ca, and graduated from Oakland High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from SF State and a Masters of Education and Counseling from Stanford University.  She met her husband Ron in 1962, and shared 52 happy and adventurous years as his partner. She was a beloved teacher to many children throughout her life, first and foremost to her children Anne and Kurt, and then to her students. Even when she wasn't a full time teacher, she loved sharing her passions with youth; volunteering as a 4-H and Scout leader with her children. In her retirement, she was a docent at the East Bay Regional Parks, and with the Pleasanton Book-Legger Library program. Her love of nature began when she worked in Yosemite Valley during college summers, and she never missed a year visiting Yosemite from then on.  She cultivated an appreciation of God's creation in her family by planning many trips to the mountains, including an annual trip to Mammoth Lakes each summer. Her deepest joy was hiking with her family and taking in the magic of the mountains, wildflowers and wildlife. She and Ron visited almost every national park in the West, along with mountain ranges all over the world, including the Alps and the Andes. She loved cooking, sewing, reading, travelling, and cheering on her children and grandchildren in all they did.   After raising her children, she changed careers and worked for almost twenty years at Lawrence Livermore Lab, in both administration and as an ergonomic specialist. Her positive attitude, generous nature, and kind heart touched many throughout her life.  Her energetic spirit never ceased to amaze her friends and family, as she organized and led outings all over the Bay Area and beyond. Her strong Christian faith and fellowship sustained her through her battle with Cancer the past two years.  She is survived by her husband Ronald of Pleasanton, twin sister Elaine Reed of Castro Valley, children Anne Bradford of Mountain View, and Kurt Sandberg of Manteca, along with 6 grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 22 at 3pm at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue, Pleasanton.

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Published in East Bay Times on June 19, 2014
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