Harald Adelphus Sundean, son of John M. Sundean and Hilma K\Christine Lindberg , was born June 10,1900 in Nebraska. He married Edith Pearl Comfort June 25, 1925. He died May 07, 1996 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, California. Edith Pearl Comfort, daughter of Robert Josiah Comfort and Alice Lenora Cougher , was born January 23, 1900 in Westmoreland, Pottawatomie Co, Kansas. She died July 15, 1982 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, California.

Children of Harald Adelphus Sundean and Edith Pearl Comfort are:
1. Harold Carl Sundean, b. [private] See Harold Carl Sundean & Margerie Lou Hauselt
2. Carol Laverne Sundean, b. March 19, 1931 See Raymond "Ray" Melford Nelson & Carol Laverne Sundean

Marriage Notes for Harald Adelphus Sundean\Edith Pearl Comfort:

Santa Cruz Evening News, Santa Cruz, California
June 26, 1925, p.6, column 3

Well-Known Santa Cruz Couple Married

Harold Lundean [sic, sb Sundean] and miss Edith Pearl Comfort were
united in marriage yesterday at the home of the bride's parents on
Trevathan avenue. Rev. G. E. Walston officiated.
Ray Cole acted as best man and the bride's sister, Miss Margaret
Comfort, as bridesmaid. She wore a powder blue crepe de chine.
The bride was dressed in lovely white suede crepe which set off her
black hair and dark eyes to perfection. She carried a handsome bouquet
of white carnations and Cecil Bruner roses. The bridal vail was adorned
with orange blossoms.
Miss Comfort, a graduate of Santa Cruz high and San Jose normal, has
been on the faculty of the Soquel grammar school the past year.
Mr. Lundean is a painter; the junior member of the firm of Hobson and
The ceremony was performed under a beautiful arch of Shasta daisies and
sweet peas.
Cake, ice cream and punch were served.
The following were guests: Willis Williams, Mrs. Agnes Garner, Mr. and
Mrs. W. J. Hobson, James Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Lindberg and
daughter, Lois, Rudolph Lundean and Ray Cole of Santa Cruz; Mr. and Mrs.
Harrison, Mrs. Minnie Peterson and Ray Erickson of San Jose and Mrs. B.
O. Darland and Ruth Darland from Des Moines, Iowa, were also present.
The family of the bride were all present except Clyde, who is at the Mare
Island navy yard.
Mr. and Mrs. Lundean expect to visit the Yosemite National park on
their honeymoon. They will afterward take up residence at their
beautiful home on the Santa Cruz-Los Gatos highway.

Other Marriages for Harald Adelphus Sundean:
See Harald Adelphus Sundean & Grace ?

Notes for Harald Adelphus Sundean:

Obituary body: SUNDEAN-Harald [sic] A. Sundean, Founder and Builder of
Community Hospital died May 7, 1996 at the age of 95.
Servies will be held Saturday, May 11, 1996 at 2:00 p.m. at the Santa
Cruz Seventh Day Adventist Church for Harald Adelphus Sundean,
entrepreneur, local contractor, apiarist and philanthropist.
Born to Swedish parents in Lincoln, Nebraska and reared on his father's
farm in Hinckley, Minnesota, Mr. Sundean learned the work ethic at an
early age. He began his first formal job at 12, working for three
Minnesota newspapers simultaneously. In his day, newsboys had to develop
their own routes, find their own customers and collect their own money,
or they " didn't get a thing".
Mr. Sundean left the farm in 1923, heading for Los Angeles in search of
work. Awed by the beauty of Santa Cruz, he decided to stay. He had
three dollars cash and seventeen dollor check in his pocket, so he picked
up a paint brush and became a painting contractor earning a whopping
$2.50 a day--for an 8-hour day!
In the 40's, he operated two businesses simultaneously. Winters he
would paint, summers he would load the car with wife and children and
head for Minnesota where he maintained thousands of beehives in the Red
River Valley, shipping honey out by the carload to the suger-sort [sic]
world of the war years. This teenage hobby of beekeeping made him his
fortune--"bees board themseves and work for nothing" was a favorite
saying of his. He sold the bee business when his children were grown and
attending medical school.
In the late 1950's, the medical staff of Santa Cruz approached Mr.
Sundean about the need for a hospital to be built. Since his children
were entering the medical profession, and "because a lot of nice people
said it was needed" he built a hospital on his own land with his own
Community Hospital of Santa Cruz opened in 1959 with 49 beds and
offered acute care services. In 1963, it expanded to 99 beds, in 1971 to
180 beds. In early 1977, an alternative birth center was added to the
facility filling an important community need and served as a model
throughout the State.
Mr. Sundean retired in 1978 when he sold the hospital to AMI for 7.7
million dollars, donating the proceeds to the Sundean Foundation, a
non-profit family organization dedicated to the building of hospitals,
churches and the furthering of the Seventh-Day Adventists Christian
It was a credit to Mr. Sundean's administrative abilities that after
owning the hospital for 16 months, it was operating free and clear.
Mr. Sundean was predeceased by his first wife, Edith and by his only
daughter, Carol Nelson.
eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren...

Sources for Harald Adelphus Sundean:

  1. Obituary: Sundean, Harold Adelphus,
  2. Death Records: California (online),

Notes for Edith Pearl Comfort:

Sources for Edith Pearl Comfort:

  1. Death Records: California (online), Says 1901, s/b 1900
  2. Obituary: Comfort, Edith Pearl,
  3. Interview: Peggy Ann (Thompson) Williams,

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