Sandra Joyce (McGowan) Wangeman 82. Born March 1, 1938 went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 after a short illness.
Sandi moved to Petoskey with her husband Frank in 1965 to raise their children in northern Michigan where family roots began in the 1800’s. They remained yearlong residents throughout their lives.
Sandi was a homemaker who served the community volunteering at Ottawa Elementary School. She and Frank were active in the Petoskey Area Jaycees where they met many life-long friends. In 1977 Sandi served as President of the Women’s Auxiliary for Burns Clinic/Northern Michigan Hospitals, and later in life she worked in medical records at that same hospital.
She was an avid tennis player in earlier years and a crossword aficionado. She will be remembered for her fiery personality, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor. She always rooted for the underdog in any competitive event, and the sound of her whistle was unmistakable.
Sandi loved spending time with family and friends, specifically Linda Atchison, Shirley Colwell Atten, Fran Hilal, and Sharon Walker. Her family is especially grateful for their neighbors John and Cindy Ross, who helped take such great care of her over the past few years since Frank’s death.
She is survived by her sons Kurt of Rockford, Bart (Susan) of Boyne City, and Erich (Theresa) of Traverse City, as well as six grandchildren Jay, Justin, Alex, Ian, Jessica, Ella and five great grandchildren Madilyn, Carl, Myles, Raegan, and newborn Finn.
Sandi is preceded in death by her husband Frank (2017), son Franz (1963), and brother Jack (2019).
The family is planning a celebration of Sandi’s life this summer where her ashes will be buried alongside the love of her life Frank’s, at Eveline Township cemetery, in close proximity to the family homestead on Lake Charlevoix.
The family would also like to express a special thanks to the wellness team at Independence Village in Petoskey along with Hospice for the love and care Sandi received, where she lived the final six months of her life.
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