Nancy E. (Underdahl) Sanford

Born: Fri., Jan. 16, 1931
Died: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Funeral Service


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 03, 2020
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Nancy E. Sanford

Jan. 16, 1931 - Jan. 30, 2020

SOUTH BEND, IN - Nancy Sanford passed away peacefully in her Granger, IN home on January 30, 2020 surrounded by her family. Nancy was born on January 16, 1931 in Pentwater, MI to the late Florence (Sempere) and Alfred Underdahl. In 1949, she married the late Ralph E. Sanford.

Nancy was an avid reader who read to her children when they were young and listened eagerly to books on tape when she grew older. She was a lifelong learner who enjoyed taking university courses, especially on art history. She was a gifted needle crafter and a skilled gardener who took pride in the compliments she received from passersby. Nancy loved golfing and ballroom dancing, and was a longtime fan of Notre Dame women's basketball. Nancy was a woman of exquisite taste who took pleasure in maintaining beautiful homes in South Bend and in Pentwater for her family and friends.

Surviving Nancy are her three daughters, Kristine (Wayne) Brown of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy (Steven) Parker of Chicago, IL, and Kelly Sanford of South Bend, IN; and three sons, Mark of Pittsburgh, PA, David (Susan) of Saginaw, MI, and Jeffrey of South Bend, IN. Nancy had 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Susan Shinberg of New York, NY. In addition to these, Nancy was enormously grateful for the love and support she received from Michaelene Wojick, Bill Flinn, her wonderful caregiver, Deb Findlay, and from her dear cat, Chessie. The family will receive friends and family at Welsheimer Funeral Home between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Charitable donations may be made in Nancy's memory to the following organization: YWCA of North Central Indiana. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Nancy's memory to the following organization:

YWCA of North Central Indiana
1102 S. Fellows St., South Bend, IN, 46601

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Marcia Rickard & Dennis Doordan
   Posted Sat February 01, 2020
Nancy was a wonderful neighbor—kind, generous, and always willing to help whenever she could. I loved her spunk and wish I had known her when she was in her prime dancing and laughing with her beloved Ralph. I shall always remember her fondly. My condolences to you, her family. Know that she loved you all deeply.

Rev. Bill Imler
   Posted Mon February 03, 2020
To Nancy's family and friends: On behalf of myself and my wife, Dona Lou, we extend our sympathy and condolences to you at this time of loss. I was pastor of Clay United Methodist Church on Cleveland Road from April, 1977 until my retirement in June, 1987. Nancy was Church Secretary during that time, a position she had held at least through the pastorate of my predecessor, Rev. Duane Stidham, now deceased. Nancy served with a high sense of commitment to the church, as receptionist, secretary to the pastor, manager of the church office and calendar. and regularly prepared the the weekly Sunday bulletin and the monthly newsletter, called the ClayTablet. She kept the pastor's schedule of appointments and meetings, and prepared notebooks of my sermon outlines and notes.
She was absolutely dependable with confidentiality, so necessary for earning and keeping the trust of congregation, pastor, and church staff. She helped train and supervise a team of office volunteers, some of whom are still active in the life of Clay UMC. She was a valued servant of Christ and the Churchl

Catherine Hostetler
   Posted Mon February 03, 2020
Dear Kelly, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. She sounds like an amazing lady. Hopefully you will take comfort in your memories of her.

Maureen Jones
   Posted Tue February 11, 2020
To Nancy’s family

I am Nancy’s neighbor two doors south on Villager Pkwy. Nancy was such a kind and interesting person. Wish I had been able to spend more time with her. My husband also suffered from spinal stenosis and she was so helpful with advice and kind offers to help. Know that your grief will include wonderful memories and deep gratitude that she was your mother. Rest In Peace, Nancy, as you reunite with your beloved Ralph. Maureen Jones