Esther Sandum

Funeral services were held Friday, November 30, 2018, at the Bismarck Funeral Home for Esther Sandum, 96, of Bismarck, who passed away November 12, 2018.

Posted 11/29/18

Interment will be held in Thief River Falls, Minn. in the spring where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Harold.

Esther was born on March 28, 1922, in Fargo and adopted as an infant by John and Josephine Haughom. Two older brothers, Irvin and Mel, were waiting to greet her. She attended school in Fargo, Hendrum, Minn., and Thief River Falls, Minn., graduating in 1939. During WWII, she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and was a secretary at Lockheed Aircraft. The day after her twenty-first birthday, she married Harold Sandum on March 29, 1943, in Minnesota, while he was on Army furlough. Soon after that she returned to the west coast. After the war the couple moved back to their hometown of Thief River Falls, where their daughter Jan (Jechort) was born. In 1956, having lived four years in Mobridge, SD, the family moved to Langdon to manage Skogmo’s Department Store, later named Sandum’s. She often said moving to Langdon was the best thing they ever did, and she loved it there. After retiring in 1979, she enjoyed entertaining and golfing at their winter home in Green Valley, Ariz. They spent summers at their cabin on Big Raspberry Island on Lake of the Woods in Ontario. Visitors always enjoyed her delicious walleye dinners. Harold passed away in 1995, and having health issues, she moved from Langdon to Bismarck in 2002 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. At the time of her death, she was living in assisted living at Edgewood on Dominion in Bismarck.

She leaves behind a grateful daughter: Jan Jechort; nieces and nephews: Lynda (Jim) Hawkinson, Bruce (Rosalie) Eldevik, Rick Mattson (Jerry Johnson), Karen Bailey, Barbara (Bob) Karp, Betty Gulsvig, and Paul and John Haughom. Also missing her will be Larry (Brenda) Jechort and family, plus special friend Kevin McNeal. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold; son-in-law Loren, and brothers Irvin (Estelle) and Mel (Arline).

Memorials may be designated to a place of your choice or the Great Plains Food Bank, 721 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck, ND 58504.

Bismarck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolence go to