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LaMae M. Sandmaier, 76

Apr 3, 2011

LaMae M. Sandmaier

Bricelyn – LaMae Mardell (Gramstad) Sandmaier, age 76, of Bricelyn, died March 23, 2011, at Albert Lea Medical Center.

Funeral Services were held March 27, 2011, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church, in Bricelyn. The Rev. Luther Peterson officiated, and a private burial will take place in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery, Bricelyn, Faribault County, at a later date.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home, in Bricelyn, assisted the family with the arrangements.

LaMae was born April 21, 1934, at a farm on the state line road in Kossuth County, Iowa, four miles from Rake, Iowa, the daughter of Ludvig Johan and Esther Margaret (Heggen) Gramstad. She attended country school #251 in Minnesota near the Bucky Legried Farm. LaMae was baptized and confirmed at Shiloh Lutheran Church, in Elmore by Rev. S. Gjerde. She graduated from Elmore High School. On Nov. 7, 1953, she married Harland Sandmaier at Shiloh Lutheran Church, in Elmore. To this union, three children were born. The couple was married for over 51 years until Harland’s death in 2005. LaMae worked at various places in Kansas and Texas while Harland was in the Army. While in Minnesota, she worked at Naeve Hospital, St. Luke’s Care Center, and The Kiester Courier-Sentinel. She also did various cleaning jobs for homes and businesses, some home health care and drove people to their doctor appointments. LaMae loved to play the piano and have her daughters and granddaughters sing. She also loved reading scriptures and prayers with her son. LaMae loved her grandkids and enjoyed them spending a few days with grandpa and grandma. She liked being in her garden – especially planting vegetables. LaMae enjoyed spending time with her friends and appreciated their many visits. She was also very proud of her Norwegian heritage – she traveled to Norway three times.

LaMae is survived by two daughters, Sharry Tveit, of Fairmont, and Jody (Jeff) Henning, of Rochester; son, Randy John Sandmaier, of Bricelyn; four grandchildren, Terry Tveit, of Blue Earth, Julie (Phil) Folie, of Albert Lea, Nicole Henning, of Rochester, and Anna Henning, of Rochester; two great-grandchildren, Axel and Zachary Folie; brother, Mervin (Aldine), of Swea City, Iowa; brother-in-law, Forest Lorenz, of Wells; sisters-in-law, Lois Bogenschutz, of Albert Lea, and Lorraine Combs, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harland; sister-in-law, Angela Lorenz; and brothers-in-law, Eldo Bogenschutz and Elvin Combs.