Edwin Sander


Torbjørn Ydegaard Edwin Sander

  • F: 4.6.1919
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  • G: 9.6.1940
  • D: 23.1.2011 Marjorie Peterson

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  • Leonore Sander
  • Melanie Sander
  • Lorelei Sander



Napa native Edwin Christian Sander passed away on Feb. 23, 2011, from natural causes at the age of 91. He was born on June 4, 1919, a beloved relative and friend to many. Edwin Graduated from Napa High School in 1938 and was married to Marjorie Peterson on June 9, 1940. They raised three daughters: Lenore Sander of Napa, Melanie Harman of Hot Springs, Ark., and Lorelei Sander of Auburn, Calif. During World War II, Edwin was in the submarine service in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he went to Sacramento and ob-tained his license to be a painting and decorating contractor. After completing his education, he painted the Sacramento state capitol building.


Ed enjoyed spending time with his youngest granddaughter, Sierra. They would sit for hours playing dominos and checkers while “Papa” told stories about his life. He talked about what it was like growing up in Napa during the Great Depression, going to Denmark as a boy, fighting in World War II and traveling all over the Pacific Ocean in a submarine. He always talked about his family, what things were like when he was young, when his daughters were growing up and his parents were around. He reminisced about his beautiful wife and the times they would spend together camping. Papa was the embodiment of wisdom and kindness, he loved all of his family and friends, and always wanted the best for them. He was known for his intelligence, friendliness and his warm heart.


Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, Neils and Agatha; his sister, Hilda; his brother, Ernie; his twin brother, Emil who died in Iwo Jima, WWII; and his beloved wife, Margie Sander. He is survived by his sister, Doris; his daughters, Lenore, Melanie and Lorelei; his grandchildren, Mark, Tara, Doug, Brenda, Samantha, Alex and Sierra; and his great-grandchildren, Cambria, Christian, Mikey, Nathan and Lucas. Ed was loved by all of his family and will be greatly missed.