January 16, 1927 – April 9, 2021
Sonya Sandman of Victorville, California, died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of Leonard Sandman. Devoted mother of Julie Mangold. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas and Melissa. Sonya grew up in Lynn and graduated from Boston University and the University of Minnesota with degrees in Romance Languages. She met Lennie in Washington, DC, they married in 1957 and Sonya began the life of a diplomatic spouse. For the next 30 years, Sonya and Lennie and their daughter Julie enjoyed postings in Thailand, India, Malaysia, Korea, Israel, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Washington, DC. Sonya continued her professional career by working at various positions in the embassies' consular sections and for several congressional representatives during her years in Washington, DC. Once retired, Sonya's energy was channeled into her friends and family and most importantly physical fitness. Her dedication to yoga, spinning classes, and personal training was well known. Her amazing spirit and devotion to her family and friends remained vibrant till the end. Due to regulations imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic a private graveside service will be held at Pride of Lynn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Sonya's memory to the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org
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April 26, 2021
Sonya and I were classmates during our college years . We graduated Hebrew Teachers College in 1949, and have been in constant touch with each other via phone and visits . Sonya was a most sincere and genuine friend. I will miss her very much . My daughter Sheryl, her husband Joseph, and my entire family extend their heartfelt condolences to Julie , Nicholas , Melissa and Sonya’s extended family . May Sonya’s memory be for a blessing.
April 14, 2021
Sonya's spirit was contagious.
Her family was her world. Many happy occasions were shared with Sonya and Len when they lived on Cape Cod.
Sonya was my friend, and I will miss her.