Sandra J. Westby, 83, Fargo passed away peacefully Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Serenity Assisted Living, Dilworth, MN surrounded by her family. Sandra was born October 19, 1938, in Raymond, MN to John and Talena (Vanheuveln) Baumann. She graduated from high school in Willmar, MN. Sandra married her high school sweetheart, Ron Westby, May 26, 1956, in Raymond, MN. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Ron joined the Navy after his high school graduation. He and Sandra were initially stationed at Point Mugu, Oxnard, CA. Then went on to Barber’s Point, Island of Oahu, HI. Sandra loved to learn and was an avid reader. She began her college education at age 27, after the birth of their seventh child. She attended Black Hills State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sandra was a trailblazer; she was the first woman to earn the new Tri-College Graduate Degree in Fargo / Moorhead (1981). She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota. Sandra would say that “I am constantly realizing how much there is to know…and how much I don’t know. I can’t imagine there will ever be a time when I am not involved in taking classes”. Sandra worked at West Fargo High School and in the Twin Cities for several years before eventually retiring from the Duluth School System in 2000. She was a champion for the underdog. She volunteered and donated her time to various causes. She collaborated with Judge Miles Lord, Minneapolis, MN., on important advocacy issues. Sandra enjoyed helping Ron, and their children, and grandchildren with constant new home building and renovation projects. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ron, Fargo, ND; children, Karre (Philip Reed) Westby, Fargo, ND, Scott (Kathleen Mullen) Westby, Oakland, CA, Kent (Bernice Cossette-Westby) Westby, Horace, ND, Kristin (Dean) Martin, Burnsville, MN, Shelley (Harold) Schuster, Lakeville, MN, Susan (Mark) Olgard, Moorhead, MN; 16 grandchildren, Brandi (Luke) Ployhar, Joseph (Janelle) Kolle, Candace (Joe) Walker, Anna Westby, Elyssa Westby, Jacqueline (Brandon) Carpenter, Brandon Westby, Patrick Martin, Sandra (Mike) Herges, Matthew (Sarah) Schuster, Megan (David) Benjamin, Kayla Schuster, Isaac Olgard, Selah (Brandon) Sulzener, Jacob Olgard, Nathan Olgard; 13 great-grandchildren, Eliza Ployhar, Mira Ployhar, Max Ployhar, Orin Kolle, Cullen Kolle, Ruthie Walker, Gigi Walker, Talayna Carpenter, Arissa Carpenter, Koen Carpenter, Clara Benjamin, Elias Benjamin and Elsie Sulzener. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Greg, brother, Douglas Baumann and sister, Dolores Latterall. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Sandra's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. I am sorry to learn of Sandra’s death. I know it had been a struggle for the her and for the family. It is my hope you all experience peace and God’s loving presence surround you with memories of joy and love. Please know you are upon my heart. Brenda Bauer(former deacon nurse at Olivet Lutheran)

  2. Great Grandma, We carry you in our hearts forever! We love you!! Love Talayna, Arissa, Koen Carpenter

  3. Shelley, Susan and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Thinking of you…❤

  4. I am EIleen Martin Taylor, Kris’ sister-in-law

    Dan and I Watched the beautiful video for Sandy. It is a wonderful tribute. Told the story of a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother in a very touching way. Prayers for all who loved her.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about Sandy’s passing. As a friend of Karre’s I spent a lot of time at the Westby home and Sandy made a huge impression on me when I was just a teen. Juggling raising a family, school, church, and home couldn’t have been easy but she did it with grace. The video was very heartwarming and really expressed how much her family meant to her. My sincere condolences to her family.

  6. Ron and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I was just thinking about her and you all. May the sweet memories you have bring you comfort, especially now over the holidays. Love you all.

  7. Westby family. Susan shared the news of your mom’s passing. Aunt Sandy was well loved. I have many fond memories of her and all the times spent at her and Uncle Ronnie’s while growing up. My heartfelt sympathy and condolences for you all in her passing.

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