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Avril Norma Sandness
April 5, 1921 - June 23, 2012
Avril Norma Sandness, 91, of San Pedro, passed away in her home after a brief illness, with loved ones at her side, on June 23, 2012. She had lived in her home of 50 years with her beloved dog, Zoe, until suffering a stroke. Norma was born April 5, 1921, in Scarborough, England. She witnessed or participated in many of the defining events of her generation. Norma joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women's branch of the British army. She served throughout Great Britain as a telephonist and radar plotter. In 1942, Norma met Jorund Sandness, a sergeant in the United States Army.They corresponded throughout the remainder of the war and were married in 1945. Norma sailed to the United States, aboard a former troop ship, as a war bride. Norma and Jorund began raising their family in Minnesota and moved to San Pedro in 1961. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Norma and Jorund were married for 61 years. Although she became a United States citizen, Norma never abandoned her British outlook and love for England. She never lost her British accent. She and Jorund returned to Scarborough many times to visit. Norma learned to knit as a child and developed that skill throughout her life. She took home many ribbons and awards for items entered at the Los Angeles County Fair. Survivors include a daughter, Peggy (David) Cobb, sons, Paul (Ruth) Sandness and John (Judy) Sandness, grandchildren, Amber, Jeanette, Kevin and April, and great-grandchildren, Leah and Casey. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a brother, John Stewart. A memorial service will take place Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Please go to Rice Mortuary's website www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, and obtain directions to the services. Sign the guestbook at www.daily breeze.com/obits.


Published in Daily Breeze on July 4, 2012
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