Sandra (Skjeie) Soma, 82, died May 15, 2020 at her home in Belmond following a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private graveside service was held at Belmond Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, Gateway Hospice, or Belmond-Klemme Scholarship Foundation II.
Sandra Allen Marie was born on July 11, 1937 to Albert and Joyce (Cleveland) Skjeie in Davenport. She was raised in Forest City, graduating with the Class of 1955. She married Gilman Soma of Belmond at Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Fire Side Room in Forest City on June 3, 1955.
Sandra was a caring, loving wife and mother who devoted her time to raising her family and helping on the farm. After her children were grown, she was employed at Bloemke Pharmacy for 24 years. She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 65 years. Sandra enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s school activities.
Sandra was proceeded in death by her brother Earl Skjeie; sister and brother-in-law Alice and Lloyd Olson; nieces Kim Olson and Debbie Hegland; and nephew Doug Olson.
Sandra is survived by her husband Gilman; children Marilyn (Steve) Janssen, Steve (Barb) Soma, all of Belmond, Judy Cooper (Doug Nease) of Urbandale, and Jane (Tim) Janssen of Ankeny; grandchildren Jessica Lane (Dan Carolus), Nichole Thomson (Matt Ernst), Marc Cooper (Miranda Podoll), Eric (Sarah) Janssen, Brad (Paige) Soma, Nolan Janssen and Amy (Ryan) Murray; great-grandchildren Alexis Lane, Cooper Thomson, Zoe Ernst, Kindin Cooper, Brylee, Lynden and Collyns Janssen, Mia and Isaac Soma, Ella Janssen, and Rowan Murray; special foreign exchange “granddaughter” Natalie (Kris) Theeten and their children Nils, Ludo and Lars of Switzerland; and brother Terry Skjeie.