Bertha Laura Sandstrom, 88, of Jamestown, passed away Sunday (Aug. 26, 2012), in the Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.
She was born July 14, 1924, in Mountain View, N.J., the daughter of the late Walter and Emilie Jacobson Martinson.
A loving wife and moth-er, Bertha was a homemaker most of her life. She loved sewing, knitting, and cross-stitching. Hand-made items were plentiful and beautiful. Bertha loved her family and friends, had a wonderful sense of humor, and always loved a good joke. She and her husband owned a summer cottage on Chautauqua Lake for more than 20 years where many fond family memories were made. They later retired to Orlando, Fla. Bertha moved back to Jamestown after the death of her husband.
Surviving are her five children whom she loved dearly: Carl (Sallie) Sandstrom of Jamestown, Laurance (Margaret) Sand- strom of Bostic, N.C., Judith (James) Lester of Port Charlotte, Fla., Steven (Penny) Sandstrom of Ven-tura, Calif., and Janice (Dennis) Roberg of Lake-wood; 13 grandchildren: Andrew (Tina) Sandstrom of Jamestown, Joseph Sandstrom of Burbank, Cal-if., Kimberly (Eddie) Ala-can of Florida, Melissa (Jay) Reed of Starkville, Miss., James P. (Rachael) Lester, Kerry (Chris) Marshall and Kristin (Daniel) Mason, all of Rumson, N.J., Heather (Peter) Hopwood of Texas, Tiffany (Michael) Stumbo of Fayetteville, N.C., Matthew Sandstrom of Ventura, Calif., Dennis (Darlene) Roberg Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., Stephanie (Robert) David and Michelle (Caleb) Waite of Jamestown; 13 great- grandchildren; two broth-ers: the Rev. Arthur Smith of Darlington, S.C., and Walter (Eleanor) Martinson of Rock Hill, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Carl Adolph Sandstrom, whom she mar-ried Aug. 1, 1942, and who died Feb. 13, 1994; a sister, Emily Hall; and a brother, Herbert L. Smith.
A private family memori-al service will be held and visitation will not be ob-served.
To send a message to the family, visit www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.
Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 83 S. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.