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Norma Sandin

Sept. 17, 1921-April 6, 2008

Norma A. Sandin, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.

Norma Aileen Holcomb was born to Herbert and Nellie (Huston) Holcomb on Sept. 17, 1921 in Detroit Lakes. She attended District 20 country school and Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1939), then continued her education at the Detroit Lakes Business College. In 1940 she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was employed by the United States Surgeon General.

Norma married Clinton "Doug" Sandin on Feb. 14, 1942 in Washington, D.C. When Doug entered the Army, Norma returned to Detroit Lakes and following his discharge in 1946, they both returned to the East Coast, where they were once again employed by the federal government.

In 1949, Norma and Clinton returned to Detroit Lakes and in 1957, Norma went to work at KDLM Radio. Norma began broadcasting with her show "Meet Norma," and originated the "Hodge-Podge" show, which continues today. Throughout the years, and after her retirement from KDLM in 1986, Norma enjoyed serving the community as a Blue Bird and Campfire Girl Leader and Worthy Matron of Eastern Star. She was also the first woman Toastmaster, a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, an active member of the First Lutheran Church and a volunteer tax preparer for seniors. She served for 15 years as a director on the board of the Mahube Communitiy Council.

While radio remained a love of hers, Norma also enjoyed serving as a tour guide with Lake Region Travel, golfing in the summer and bowling in the winter. Even with her career and busy life, Norma's family always came first and she was very proud of her daughters and six grandchildren.

Norma is survived by three daughters, Catherine (Roger) Mackner of Barnesville, Patty Sandin of Roseville and Donna (Rollie) Greeno of Apple Valley, Minn.; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one brother, Boyd (Evelyn) Holcomb of Fargo.

In addition to her husband Doug (2002), Norma was preceded in death by a son, Jerome; and two sisters, Cathalene Nedberge and Leila Dodge.

Friends may call between 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; visitation will continue for one hour prior to Saturday's services at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Wade Dutton officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Memorials are preferred. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family. Online guest registration is available at