Donald (Don) R. Rilea
When I read that Sandy has passed away just a few days ago, my heart just hurt so much!! She will be missed dearly by all that knew her. We were special great friends, and kept in touch often.
I remember her being on the Pom- Pom team, and her huge smile and the energy she put into everything she did. During our time at LT, I didn't get to know her well, just a sweet smile and short conversations. However, we bumped into each other on a train ride from Chicago to LaGrange, and found out we were both working summer jobs in Chicago between our Jr and Senior years of college. So every day after work we sat together on the train and talked. We were both majoring in education, and I ended up teaching jr high at Norridge and I believe she was at Schaumburg Elementary.
After many years Sandy and Bob came down to FL and Kelly and I had the best visit, getting caught up!!
We moved to SC and live on the golf course, and Sandy & Bob planned on coming down for a few days and play a few rounds. We never had that chance, and now that will never happen.
We are thankful Sandy is finally "HOME" with the Lord, and lived a life of faith in Jesus our Redeemer!!
Nancy L. Bitzer (Sturgeon)
From her obituary:
On March 3, 2022, Sandy slipped away into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born in Chicago to Gene and Dorothy (Wright) Vail on July 18, 1946 and lived most of her early years in LaGrange. Sandy was the wife of 51 years to Bob, mother of Tom (Sabrina), grandmother to Ashton and Annalyse, and sister to Carol (Doug) Fiene. She was also a fond Aunt to Mark Lovell, Julie Costa, Lindy (Seth) Miller, and Michael (Caitlyn) Mussselman. After graduating from Drake University, Sandy was a schoolteacher for 36 years, the last 30 of which were at Hoover School in Schaumburg where she made many life-long friends among the staff and parents. But perhaps Sandy's greatest joys were times spent with the "Galena Girls" playing golf in both Florida and Illinois as well as photographing birds and deer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Church of the Cross (475 W. Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates) where Sandy was a long-time member. The service will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday March 15, 2022, followed by a luncheon reception in the church lounge. The Celebration of Life Service will be live streamed on Facebook. Go to http://www.churchofthecross.online/ and click on "Visit us on Facebook" to be directed to the church's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association. Mask will be required. Funeral information and online condolences www.ahlgrimfuneral.com or call 847-882-5580.
Thanks Nancy, for always keeping us up to date on those who have gone before us!! We appreciate you taking the time and interest in details.
David (Dave) A. McGreer
Sorry to see this posted. If there was a most likable category, Sandy would top it off.