Nathalie Sandness

SANDNESS, Nathalie Sparling

(Nee Trelford) 1914 – 2012

Nathalie Sparling (Trelford) Sandness, 98, was

welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on November 9, 2012 surrounded by her loving family in Duluth, Minnesota.

Sparling was born in 1914 in Duluth and married Norman A. L. Sandness in 1936. While a home-maker, she continued her education at the University of Minnesota Duluth taking courses in education and reading. Subsequently, she substitute taught in the elementary grades. Sparling was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Duluth. She was certainly “one in a million” and will be remembered for her volunteer work in a number of organizations in the community, especially as a Sunday school teacher.

She was a faithful member of Community Bible Study, an avid walker, loved to read, cook, was a loving person to all, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who truly embodied the saying “Above All Faith and Family.”

Sparling is preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary and Gayle; twin brothers John and David, brother George C. and her husband Norman Sandness.

Those surviving her include; her sister Elizabeth (Trelford) Long of California; three sons, John (Marcia) of Princeton, BC, Lynn (Patricia Maus) of Duluth, and James (Beret) of Export, Pennsylvania;

two daughters, Elizabeth and Ann (Kenneth) of Minnesota; nine grandchildren, Steven (Michelle), John, Brent, Carl (Dorothy), Stephanie, David (Michaela), Kristen, Jonathan and Katie; and ten great-grandchildren; Brittany, Thomas, Joel, Morgan, Jack, Allison, Ryan, Chase, Matthew, Ginny; nieces and nephews and many friends.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5,6)

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)


The family would like to thank all who provided the wonderful care Sparling received over the years.

A private family grave site service was held November 12, 2012

A memorial service will be held at a later date.