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Obituary: HESS, SOLVEIG ASTAD

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30 2014 12:52 p.m. MDT

Solveig Astad Hess1912 ~ 2012Solveig Astad Hess passed away after having a wonderful life. Solveig was and continues to be an extraordinary light to those in this ordinary world. Her dedication to the Lord, her family and her friends was unmatched. She stretched her heart easily to love and serve all around her with joy and kindness. Our tears are of sorrow because we will miss her, of gratitude because we are blessed to have known her, and of joy because we know we will be with her again. Born October 19, 1912 in Kristiansund, Norway to Jens Kristian Astad and Inga Randine Nekstad Astad. Her family and friends called her "Sol" which means "sun" in Norwegian. Her mother and later her sweetheart husband called her "Sol mi" (my sun). She went to school until the seventh grade. She then moved to Trondheim, Norway to be closer to the LDS church. She learned English at school and by working with LDS Missionaries in Norway. She became a Branch Clerk for the LDS church and served in that position for twelve years. After that she moved to the capitol of Norway, Oslo, where she became a translator and interpreter for the LDS church. After World War II in 1948, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. She continued to work for the LDS church for many years in the genealogical department as a translator. One of the many things she translated was: "The Way to Perfection" by Joseph Fielding Smith, then an apostle for the LDS church. She met Fred Sverre Forwald Hess, who was a widower and a veteran from World War I, in a snowstorm on the way to a Norwegian Literary Club. He was quite the gentlemen by having offered to walk ahead of her so she could walk in his footsteps. She married Fred Sverre Forwald Hess on her birthday October19, 1950 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and has always called him her eternal sweetheart. Their marriage was very happy and filled with love. She became a mother to his five children and became especially close to her youngest daughter, Sondra. Fred passed away just short of their 50th wedding anniversary. Solveig loved writing poetry, singing, crocheting, and all things Norwegian, (the food especially cookies, and traditions). She loved this beautiful world and being alive, but mostly being here with her eternal sweetheart, her children, and her family. Solveig is preceded in death by her parents Jens Kristian Astad and Inga Randine Nekstad Astad; her only sister Mary Gundhill Astad Sanders; her loving husband Fred Sverre Forwald Hess; and her stepchildren; Fred Reno Hess, Ramona Hess Wellington, Carl Vance Hess, Thomas Vance Hess.She is survived by her two step daughters, Sondra Kathleen Hess Schumann of Salt Lake City, Utah and Norma Vance Hess Hart of Arizona; her 5 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 21 great-great granchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild.The family expresses appreciation to the Avenue Courtyard Assisted Living, and their staff where Solveig made many new friends and to Symbii Hospice for the very loving and tender care they gave to Solveig during the last part of her life.Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Salt Lake City Cemetery 4th Avenue and 'N' Street. Solveig (Sol mi, Mom, Grandma, Bestemor) we will miss you. You are loving and beautiful inside and out, and will always be dearly loved and missed.