(May 23, 1945 – January 24, 2022)
“OUR HEART AND SOUL”
Wrapped lovingly in the arms of her girls, Sandy made her peaceful transition to the Spirit World January 24, 2022 in Sudbury. The world is a much sweeter place having known her. She will forever be remembered lovingly by the loves of her life - her three girls, Suzanne Peers (partner Steve Spadafore), Debbie (husband Don Rancourt) and predeceased Michele Peers (Guy St. Jean). She shared an incredible bond with her siblings Marilee Courtemanche, John Hatheway, Joanne MacEachern (husband John), predeceased Beverley Narozanski (husband Michael) and Margaret (predeceased). Their love will always be heard in the harmonies of the old songs they sang together. She was adored by her grandchildren whom she was Nanny to (A.K.A. The Nanster) Sarah-Dawn Kruk, Ellysah Spadafore (partner Keegan Belanger), Stephanie Spadafore (partner Joey Laplante), Brittany Spadafore (partner Morgan Wase), Jordan Spadafore (partner Madeline Simon), Scott Peers, Jade Peers (partner Tyler Lacoste). She will always be fondly remembered for her early morning breakfasts before taking them to hockey and the blankets she lovingly made each one of them. She will also be very missed by her grand-cats Gus and Ace who always looked forward to the extra treats when Nanny babysat. The apple of her eye was her great granddaughter Clover St-Georges whose artwork adorned her walls. Storytimes and walks with Nanny were always the highlight of their time together. She is also survived by her dear nieces and nephews, Kimberly-Ann Narozanski (partner Vicki Harrison), Kenny Narozanski (wife Linda), Tracey Vigars (partner Ben Farella), Christopher Narozanski (wife Michelle), Jody Narozanski, Stephen Narozanski (partner Martha Grandmont), Joyanne Rocca (husband Dario), Brian & David (wife Dominique) MacEachern, Wendy & Matthew (partner Itzia Perez) Courtemanche. Sandy was born in St. John, NB and lived with her parents Frederick Russel & Mary Catherine (both predeceased) before moving to White River where her father worked for Abitibi. She then moved to Darmouth, NS where she was married and settled down to raise her three girls. In wanting a safe place and better life for her and her girls, they travelled to Sudbury to join her sisters. There as a single mother, she worked diligently taking on all sorts of jobs to provide for her girls. She was a fiercely independent woman who upgraded her skills and went from cleaning for Cambrian College to working in their bookstore to finally landing a job she loved in the Registrar’s Office. For many years she enjoyed this position where she thrived and loved her co-workers and students. Due to health complications and surgery, she retired from Cambrian College early. Upon her retirement she enjoyed visiting with family & friends, feeding her ducks & chickadees, gardening, reading, watching the old classic movies, and crocheting. She volunteered so much of her time to helping her family as well as others. Driving people to their appointments, sitting with them talking, cooking for them. If she saw or sensed someone was in need, she would always stop to offer her last few dollars, a ride, a meal, warm mitts. She always had genuine concern and love for not only her family & friends, but complete strangers. She was always the one you could go to if you were in need, she took every stray in - be it animal or person. She never forgot where she came from or the struggles along the way and wanted to help others as she herself had been helped. She had an unshakable faith that only grew stronger and loved attending Christ the King Church. In the last few weeks, her gentle courage and insurmountable strength shone through and helped to carry us all and she will continue to inspire us all with her unconditional love, laughter, music, light & life. Throughout the many faces of her life as housewife, mother, hippy, artist, feminist, career woman while finding her way the love and empathy she had never waivered. Her loss will be felt by many whose lives she touched. She will forever be our heart…our home. Incredibly missed and adored. What a beautiful woman! The family would like to thank all the dedicated health professionals of Health Sciences North, the Cancer Centre, Bayshore, CBI Home Health (especially Terry & Cathy who went above and beyond) and Maison McCulloch Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandy’s memory to a charity of your choice. A Funeral Mass will take place at Christ the King Church, 21 Ste Anne Road, Sudbury on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 9:30a.m. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, masks and social distancing are mandatory. Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Sandra's Life will be held at a later date.