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Sandra Schanzenbach

February 18, 1950 - December 31, 2014

Gathering:

5-7:00 P.M. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

1-2:00 P.M. Sunday, January 4, 2015 at First Congregational UCC Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Sunday, January 4, 2015 at First Congregational UCC Church, Fargo.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Sandra Schanzenbach

February 18, 1950 - December 31, 2014

Obituary

Sandra (Huber) Schanzenbach, 64, Fargo, ND passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on December 31, 2014 after a courageous fight with brain cancer under the care of her loyal husband and the assistance of Hospice.

Sandy was born on February 18, 1950 to Harvey and LaVere (Hughes) Huber in Hoven, SD.  She attended grades 1 through 8 in Lowry.  She graduated from Selby High School in 1968.  She graduated in May of 1971 with her Nursing degree from Presentation College in Aberdeen.

On July 31, 1971 Sandy married Michael Schanzenbach at the UCC Church in Lowry, SD.  In January 1973 they relocated to Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX to begin Mike’s military career.  This was followed by an assignment in California, where their daughter was born in December of 1973.  Fort Lee, VA was their next Army post, followed by a 3 year tour in Germany, where their son was born in December 1975.   The final active duty assignment was Fort. Riley, KS before returning to Selby, SD in 1979.

Sandy resumed her nursing career as Director of Nursing, followed by Administrator with the Good Samaritan Center in Selby and Herreid.  In January 1998 they moved to Fargo, ND, where Sandy was employed in Home Health Care, at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and at the Veteran’s Administration retiring in July of 2013.

Sandy was a member of the First Congregational UCC Church.  Her passions were her family, especially her grandchildren, and her beloved pugs.  She enjoyed golfing, shopping, attending Bison football games, playing on her iPad, and her most recent hobby of quilting.

Sandy is survived by, Michael, her spouse of 43 years; daughter, Brandee (Craig) Reichard, Castle Rock, CO; and their children, Brendon (Georgiana) Reichard, West Bend, WI; Danielle (Ryan) Herdrich, Friendswood, TX;  and Rylee Reichard, Castle Rock, CO; son, Cory (Cass) Schanzenbach and their children, Calli, Crysta, Colten, and Cadence, Fargo, ND; mother, LaVere Huber, Aberdeen, SD; sister, Cyndy (Ron) Schur, Aberdeen, SD; and her numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, maternal and paternal grandparents, and father-in-law.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or First Congregational UCC Church.

Mike, Brandee, and Cory would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, Sandy’s quilting buddies, and our church for all their support during this difficult journey.

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62 responses to “Sandra Schanzenbach”

  1. Vance and Shirley Masteller says:

    We did not know Sandy was ill, and were so sorry to read her obituary in the paper. She was a wonderful lady to work with at the nursing home when I was on the board.

  2. Rick & Poksil Himrich says:

    Dear Mike & Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss and want to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family.

    I would like to share something that brought a smile to my face when remembering our dear Sandy. As you know she always delighted in being a prankster. Because we were usually seated alphabetically in school she often sat right behind me. She would do something to divert my attention toward her and the teacher would scold me. Of course Sandy would just grin that devious little grin and say “Got you Cuz.”

    We will miss you Cuz.

    Rick & Poksil Himrich

  3. Dennis & Audrey Beitelspacher says:

    Hoven South DakotaDear Mike And family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She would always light up the room when she would come in. She would always have a smile as well. I’m sure she is smiling to be in Heaven with her dad and other loved ones. She will be missed but she left many happy memories for so many. May the Lord grant you all Peace in the days ahead.
    Dennis & Audrey

  4. Sue Sullivan says:

    Sandy was wonderful person to work with. Kind and sharing, with a ready smile and a shoulder to lean on. I have missed her since she has left Blue Cross. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this difficult time.

  5. Chloe and Bernard Stulken says:

    Selby As I am unable to attend Sandy’s services due to work obligations, I wanted you all to know what a Great friend and co-worker Sandy was to me as I started my nurse manager career as well as after your move to Fargo. She taught me patience with decisions, to be aware of others, and that it isn’t a choice until an action is taken. There are so many memories of work and non-work but suffice to say she was a very wise women and I will truly miss her.
    God bless and thinking of you all.

    Chloe

  6. Erling Rolfson says:

    New Rockford North Dakota
    7016508418
    My condolence

  7. Youssef Solomon says:

    I knew Sandy from working together at the VA in Fargo. I found her to be a very honest and wise individual. She was warm, friendly, caring, and with a unique sense of humor. From our discussions, it was clear that she was a family oriented person who cared a lot about each individual in her family.
    She will be missed by all who truly knew her and especially those who worked closely with her.
    May God rest her soul in peace, and give her family strength during this difficult time.

  8. Ken Hauck says:

    Glendale AZ
    My heartfelt condolences to Sandy’s family. She was a great young woman and I am certain she was a pillar of strength for her family. May your memories of Sandy bring a smile to your heart in the years to come.

  9. Michelle W says:

    Bismarck ND
    My deepest sympathies to Sandra’s family. I worked with her years ago at Blue Cross, we developed a friendship that I will never forget. I just happened across her name tonight and I’m very saddened at her loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. She was a wonderful lady.

  10. Drs. Steve & Teri Johnson says:

    Fargo ND
    Michael & Family,
    Words seem inadequate to let you know how much we both are saddened by your loss. Teri enjoyed the many years of care for Sandy. She was a patient but became a friend. It meant the world to her that you brought Sandy to the clinic near the end to say goodbye!! Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the months and years to come. Cherish the memories you shared together as she will live on in your hearts forever.
    Michael, I am here for you if you need anything…please just call. Heaven received a very special angel in Sandy! Sorry we couldn’t make it to the funeral, but please know you are in our thoughts.
    Steve & Teri Johnson

  11. Freddie A Robinson says:

    Mansfield SDMike not if you remember me. I was in the 452 Ord Company with you. Very sorry for your lose. I know what you are going thru. I lost my Sandra 14 years ago. It is one day at a time. Again very sorry for you lose. Give me a call sometime. 605-290-0561.

  12. Lyle Lutz says:

    Mobridge So. Dak.Mike and Family!
    I am so sorry for your loss, Sandy was a kind person. I grew up with her and went to grade school with her in Lowry. May she rest in peace.

  13. Joy Streed says:

    Fargo ND
    – North Dakota
    Sandy I am so glad I took up quilting as that meant I got to meet you and become friends. It hasn’t been that long, but I knew right away that we would become friends. I will miss you dear friend, but you are at peace now with Mugs. Quilt away my friend, quilt away.

  14. susan goehring endsley says:

    So sorry to hear about Sandy. My sympathies to your family. Blessings,

  15. Larry and Janice Goetz says:

    Springfield s.d.Mike,Brandee,Cory and families,Thinking of you at this difficult time and hoping you can find comfort from all of your precious memories.

  16. Wamda Hodnefield says:

    Hammond, WI I always enjoyed our morning visits on second floor. Sandy, you will be so missed! My sympathy to your family.

  17. ROGER O ROTH says:

    WARNER SDMIKE,
    SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT SANDY. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. TAKE CARE.

  18. Sheila (Smith) Cain says:

    Rapid City SDI am so sorry to hear of your loss Mike. May you and your family find comfort in a life well lived. Sandy was a wonderful person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Jim and Lydia Reichard says:

    Oracle AzBrandee, we know how hard this all is, and that your mom was more than a mother. She was your Best Friend. Just have to remember all the good times, and know she is at peace and looking down on you and the family. All our thoughts and prayer.

    Love mom and dad Reichard

  20. Rick and Janet Hohn says:

    Huron SDSo sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady and it was our pleasure to know her. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  21. Rick and Janet Hohn says:

    Huron SDSo sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady and it was our pleasure to know her. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  22. Ralph and Patricia. KULM families says:

    Selby SdOur families would like to express our heartfelt. Sympathy to all of. Sandys family. She was an amazing person who. Touched sooo many lives and will never be forgotten. Her big heart and warm smile when ever you’d see her had you feel like you was someone special. Rest in peace. Sandy and know that she is with our heavenly. Father .

  23. Sheila (Stotz) Doohen says:

    I send my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for comfort and healing and peace.

  24. Patty Allers says:

    Mckinney TXMy thoughts and prayers to the family of Sandy. I not only worked with Sandy but also friends with Mike..and Mugs…

    May Sandy be at peace now in heaven…

    Patty

  25. Keri Gregg says:

    Menomonee Falls WiBrandee do sorry for your loss, may all of the good memories of your mom comfort you during this difficult time. Love and miss you?

  26. Char Schlepp pp says:

    Coon Rapids IowaMike, Brandee, Cory and family my deepest sympathy to you all. Sandy helped me be the nurse I am today.

  27. Arlyn & Alicia Ritter says:

    Elk Point SDOur thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. May you feel God’s loving arms around you and give you peace.

    Arlyn & Alicia Ritter

  28. Greg Wheelden says:

    Sandy was a great lady who always looked at the positives in everyone. She could make me laugh and smile when days were trying at work. She showed great admiration for our veterans and appreciated their sacrifices at all levels. I have missed her and thought about her often over the past 18 months. She will be missed deeply by all that new her greatness and caring. Mike, may God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow for your loss.

    Sincerly

  29. Michael Vetter says:

    Sandy was an amazing and beautiful woman. She was always warm and welcoming to her children’s friends. I always enjoyed visiting with her, she would laugh at my stupid comments. She was so easy to talk to, and I will miss her. God Bless you Mike, Brandee, Cory and her entire family.

  30. Jacki (Huffman) Marko says:

    Milton KentuckyMike, I am so very sorry to hear of Sandy’s death. You and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I didn’t really know the \”grownup\” Sandy, but I remember she was lots of fun in school, at sleepovers, ball games, school plays, etc. She had a most beautiful smile. I know she will be dearly missed.

    Jacki;

  31. Brenda Perman Oxner says:

    Black Hawk South DakotaMike, Brandee,Cory,LaVere,Cyndy and families,

    So very sorry for your loss! When I think of Sandy, I think of growing up together in Lowry and being childhood friends.So many fond memories!!She was a kind and caring person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Rick and Brenda ;

  32. Nita Hyde says:

    Bend OregonMike, this is Nita (Chesky). Just read about Sandy in the Selby paper. I am so sorry. Thinking about you and your Family. ;

  33. Rodney Kosters says:

    Pierre SDMike, Brandee and Cory, I just wanted you to know Charlene and I are thinking of you during this trouble time. T feel truly blessed to have known Sandy. The fondest memory I have was the time we all went x-mas caroling. Now that was a good time. May God welcome her with open arms. ;

  34. Vance and Shirley Masteller says:

    We did not know Sandy was ill, and were so sorry to read her obituary in the paper. She was a wonderful lady to work with at the nursing home when I was on the board.
    ;

  35. Rick & Poksil Himrich says:

    Dear Mike & Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss and want to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family.

    I would like to share something that brought a smile to my face when remembering our dear Sandy. As you know she always delighted in being a prankster. Because we were usually seated alphabetically in school she often sat right behind me. She would do something to divert my attention toward her and the teacher would scold me. Of course Sandy would just grin that devious little grin and say \”Got you Cuz.\”

    We will miss you Cuz.

    Rick & Poksil Himrich ;

  36. Dennis & Audrey Beitelspacher says:

    Hoven South DakotaDear Mike And family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She would always light up the room when she would come in. She would always have a smile as well. I’m sure she is smiling to be in Heaven with her dad and other loved ones. She will be missed but she left many happy memories for so many. May the Lord grant you all Peace in the days ahead.
    Dennis & Audrey;

  37. Sue Sullivan says:

    Sandy was wonderful person to work with. Kind and sharing, with a ready smile and a shoulder to lean on. I have missed her since she has left Blue Cross. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this difficult time. ;

  38. Chloe and Bernard Stulken says:

    Selby As I am unable to attend Sandy’s services due to work obligations, I wanted you all to know what a Great friend and co-worker Sandy was to me as I started my nurse manager career as well as after your move to Fargo. She taught me patience with decisions, to be aware of others, and that it isn’t a choice until an action is taken. There are so many memories of work and non-work but suffice to say she was a very wise women and I will truly miss her.
    God bless and thinking of you all.

    Chloe;

  39. Erling Rolfson says:

    New Rockford North Dakota7016508418
    My condolence;

  40. Youssef Solomon says:

    I knew Sandy from working together at the VA in Fargo. I found her to be a very honest and wise individual. She was warm, friendly, caring, and with a unique sense of humor. From our discussions, it was clear that she was a family oriented person who cared a lot about each individual in her family.
    She will be missed by all who truly knew her and especially those who worked closely with her.
    May God rest her soul in peace, and give her family strength during this difficult time.
    ;

  41. Ken Hauck says:

    Glendale AZMy heartfelt condolences to Sandy’s family. She was a great young woman and I am certain she was a pillar of strength for her family. May your memories of Sandy bring a smile to your heart in the years to come. ;

  42. Michelle W says:

    Bismarck ND

    My deepest sympathies to Sandra’s family. I worked with her years ago at Blue Cross, we developed a friendship that I will never forget. I just happened across her name tonight and I’m very saddened at her loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. She was a wonderful lady. ;

  43. Drs. Steve & Teri Johnson says:

    Fargo ND

    Michael & Family,
    Words seem inadequate to let you know how much we both are saddened by your loss. Teri enjoyed the many years of care for Sandy. She was a patient but became a friend. It meant the world to her that you brought Sandy to the clinic near the end to say goodbye!! Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the months and years to come. Cherish the memories you shared together as she will live on in your hearts forever.
    Michael, I am here for you if you need anything…please just call. Heaven received a very special angel in Sandy! Sorry we couldn’t make it to the funeral, but please know you are in our thoughts.
    Steve & Teri Johnson;

  44. Freddie A Robinson says:

    Mansfield SDMike not if you remember me. I was in the 452 Ord Company with you. Very sorry for your lose. I know what you are going thru. I lost my Sandra 14 years ago. It is one day at a time. Again very sorry for you lose. Give me a call sometime. 605-290-0561.

    ;

  45. Lyle Lutz says:

    Mobridge So. Dak.Mike and Family!
    I am so sorry for your loss, Sandy was a kind person. I grew up with her and went to grade school with her in Lowry. May she rest in peace.;

  46. Joy Streed says:

    Fargo ND

    – North DakotaSandy I am so glad I took up quilting as that meant I got to meet you and become friends. It hasn’t been that long, but I knew right away that we would become friends. I will miss you dear friend, but you are at peace now with Mugs. Quilt away my friend, quilt away.;

  47. susan goehring endsley says:

    So sorry to hear about Sandy. My sympathies to your family. Blessings,;

  48. Larry and Janice Goetz says:

    Springfield s.d.Mike,Brandee,Cory and families,Thinking of you at this difficult time and hoping you can find comfort from all of your precious memories.
    ;

  49. Wamda Hodnefield says:

    Hammond, WI I always enjoyed our morning visits on second floor. Sandy, you will be so missed! My sympathy to your family.;

  50. ROGER O ROTH says:

    WARNER SDMIKE,
    SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT SAND

    Y. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND

    YOUR FAMILY. TAKE CARE. ;

  51. Sheila (Smith) Cain says:

    Rapid City SDI am so sorry to hear of your loss Mike. May you and your family find comfort in a life well lived. Sandy was a wonderful person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.;

  52. Jim and Lydia Reichard says:

    Oracle AzBrandee, we know how hard this all is, and that your mom was more than a mother. She was your Best Friend. Just have to remember all the good times, and know she is at peace and looking down on you and the family. All our thoughts and prayer.

    Love mom and dad Reichard;

  53. Rick and Janet Hohn says:

    Huron SDSo sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady and it was our pleasure to know her. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.;

  54. Rick and Janet Hohn says:

    Huron SDSo sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady and it was our pleasure to know her. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.;

  55. Ralph and Patricia. KULM families says:

    Selby SdOur families would like to express our heartfelt. Sympathy to all of. Sandys family. She was an amazing person who. Touched sooo many lives and will never be forgotten. Her big heart and warm smile when ever you’d see her had you feel like you was someone special. Rest in peace. Sandy and know that she is with our heavenly. Father .;

  56. Sheila (Stotz) Doohen says:

    I send my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for comfort and healing and peace.;

  57. Patty Allers says:

    Mckinney TXMy thoughts and prayers to the family of Sandy. I not only worked with Sandy but also friends with Mike..and Mugs…

    May Sandy be at peace now in heaven…

    Patty;

  58. Keri Gregg says:

    Menomonee Falls WiBrandee do sorry for your loss, may all of the good memories of your mom comfort you during this difficult time. Love and miss youЁЯШв;

  59. Char Schlepp pp says:

    Coon Rapids IowaMike, Brandee, Cory and family my deepest sympathy to you all. Sandy helped me be the nurse I am today. ;

  60. Arlyn & Alicia Ritter says:

    Elk Point SDOur thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. May you feel God’s loving arms around you and give you peace.

    Arlyn & Alicia Ritter;

  61. Greg Wheelden says:

    Sandy was a great lady who always looked at the positives in everyone. She could make me laugh and smile when days were trying at work. She showed great admiration for our veterans and appreciated their sacrifices at all levels. I have missed her and thought about her often over the past 18 months. She will be missed deeply by all that new her greatness and caring. Mike, may God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow for your loss.

    Sincerly;

  62. Michael Vetter says:

    Sandy was an amazing and beautiful woman. She was always warm and welcoming to her children’s friends. I always enjoyed visiting with her, she would laugh at my stupid comments. She was so easy to talk to, and I will miss her. God Bless you Mike, Brandee, Cory and her entire family.;

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