David Sigvard Sandberg

1939 - 2014

Well done.
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth:  May 15th, 1939
  • Place of birth:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing:  September 10th, 2014
  • Place of passing:  Alameda, California, United States

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Reverend Dave Sandberg, after living with cancer for 10 years, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, surrounded by his family. Dave was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, until high school, when he moved with his parents, Dr. Reverend Arthur and Florence (Edwards) Sandberg to Muskegon, Michigan. There, his father served the Muskegon Methodist Church. After high school, Dave attended Northwestern University, then studied at Oberlin School of Theology in Ohio, where he met Ruth, his future wife and partner in ministry.

While still in seminary, Dave served the  Methodist Church in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He then transferred to the United Church of Christ, ministering in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, for 5 years  before moving with Ruth and two young children to Laguna Niguel, California, in 1970. For the next 20-plus years he began and grew Shepherd of the Hills Church (UCC) from the roots up. SOTH was a progressive, inclusive, and socially active congregation, and during Dave's inspiring leadership, the church sponsored refugees fleeing from South Vietnam at the end of that war.  Dave was very active in interfaith issues and worked especially closely with his colleague and close friend, the late Rabbi Alan Krause, to counteract the prejudicial spirit of the John Birch Society. Under Dave’s leadership, SOTH sponsored a lecture series at the church, with speakers such as Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Ray Bradbury, Scott Peck, Jeb McGruder, and Reverend Cecil Williams.

Dave next served as Senior Minister at Norwell UCC in Massachusetts for a year, then returned to California. As Interim Minister he served First Community Church Berkeley (UCC), Piedmont Community Church, Orinda Community Church (UCC), Congregational Church of San Mateo, and First Presbyterian Church, Richmond.  He also ministered at the HI churches of Po'okela Church in Makawao, Koloa Union Church, on Kauai; Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu; and Windward UCC, also on Oahu. His interim ministry was often done in partnership with his wife Ruth.

Dave was an avid contract bridge player, playing his last game only a week ago. He also loved traveling, a highlight being a recent trip to Europe, in celebration of his 75th birthday, and Ruth's and his 50th anniversary. Dave also enjoyed reading, following political commentary, and watching sports, especially Pittsburgh teams.  However, his greatest love was for his family and friends. His joy for life often spilled out in easily heard and recognizable laughter, yet his compassion also caused him to shed tears for those who suffered.

Ruth, Dave's and her daughter Vicki and son-in-law Fernando Ayala; and their son Paul and daughter-in-law Hillary Langberg all feel a tremendous loss. Dave is survived by his brother Valdimar and his wife, Marilyn, his sister-in-law Mary Sandberg, his nephews Eric (wife, Chris), David (wife, Ellen), Jonathan (wife, Diana) and extended family members. We know Dave is at peace, and the many people whose lives he touched are richer for the experience.

In lieu of flowers, Dave has requested donations to:

City of Refuge UCC,  8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA 94621 www.cityofrefugeucc.org

Chanticleer Choir, 44 page St., Suite 604, San Francisco, CA 94102 www.chanticleer.org 

A celebration of life will be held on October 5, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

Details: david-sigvard-sandberg.lastingmemories.com.

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Candle lit  by Vicki Ayala on September 15th, 2014

I miss you, Poppa, more than any words could ever say. There was a "Vicki Morning" the next day that was awesome. We're okay. Mom's okay, I promise we'll make sure she is. The emptiness I feel is real and it hurts bad. But I hated when you were in pain, and I'm so happy you won't feel that any more. You could have handled it though, better than anyone. Always Your Little Girl.

Candle lit  by Karl Schonborn on September 17th, 2014

Dave was a truly remarkable man in so many ways. My heart goes out to Ruth and all his loved ones.

Candle lit  by Diane Hurley on September 19th, 2014

David Sandberg, a very generous, loving man to his Family, Friends, and Community at Home and Abroad.  He will be sadly missed by All*
The Salt Of The Earth* My heartfelt sympathy to His Family and Friends.       God Bless, Dave... I think of You in Heaven*

Candle lit  by laurie manning on September 20th, 2014

I fell in love with David's mind, when I first started reading his sermons, in the Library of FCCB, where I served as associate pastor. I then had the blessing of meeting, loving, and working with both David and Ruth. What a gifted, generous, and faithful couple. Your legacy inspires me in my ministry always. My heart is with you Ruth.

Candle lit  by Fernando Ayala on September 29th, 2014

With a somber yet peaceful heart I reflect...
David was an amazing man, husband and father; whose kindness and love are among the attributes that bestow him much reverence.
My spirit, though deeply saddened by his mortal passing, will always soar higher because of him.  RIP Poppa.

Candle lit  by Cindy Turse on September 29th, 2014

Our family was mightily touched by the love and wisdom of Dave Sandberg. He leaves a hole in our hearts that is now filled with memories of his hearty laughter, big hugs, thoughtful and thought-provoking sermons, and shared meals. He and Ruth introduced us to New Year's Eve in the sanctuary at SOTH - fun, wine, good food, entertainment and a fabulous silent auction. Love to the family!

Candle lit  by Wendy Jones Riley on October 3rd, 2014

We are so saddened to hear of Dave's passing.  We were honored to have had Dave marry us 29 years ago. He was truly a special human being with so much love and compassion for others. He had a relationship with my Dad Fred Jones we will forever be grateful for. Dave consulted and sat with my Dad as he was dieing of ALS, and brought my whole family so much comfort. Hugs to Ruth and family

Candle lit  by Stavo AMunoz on October 4th, 2014

Yes, you touched our lives, Dave; no matter how brief, and you enriched them forever.

Réquiem aeternam dona ei Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace.  Amén.

Candle lit  by Roger Stump on October 11th, 2014

I first met Rev in Sheffield Lake as a troubled teen.  He was a great example to me and my friends and was always there to talk to. He baptized me at 16, 1970. As I left Ohio for the Navy, Rev was there.  As I had children, I traced Rev to Laguna Nigel.  He baptized my son in 1976, he was always there and on my mind.  Staying in touch through the internet.  He will be missed, and loved.

Candle lit  by Ellen Van Treuren Richards on December 31st, 2014

During this season of renewal, can't help but remember how much Dave influenced our rowdy crowd of Sheffield Lake teens, and he contributed more than he could ever know to our success as adults and parents. Thankful for the release from your pain,
"Rev",  but so missing your gift in our lives.

Candle lit  by Linda Kalamasz on January 2nd, 2015

I will always remember the times as a young teenager looking at different religions to see where I fit in . Being with a group of teens and finding Rev.Sandberg was a highlight of my younger years.He really knew how to connect with us...the retreats he sponsored were uplifting..RIP  Rev.Sandberg..you will always be remembered.

Candle lit  by Roger Stump on May 16th, 2016

Miss you Rev... you help turn me around as a teenage boy, I will never forget the effect you had on my life.   Be seeing you again.

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