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Sandra K. Schenck

Sandra K. “Sandy” Schenck, 63, of Grand Island, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at her home, after fighting a courageous battle with ALS. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church Life Center in Grand Island. The Revs. Terry Brandenburg, Michael Reiners and Mark Middendorf will officiate. Private family burial services will follow that afternoon in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Life Center. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Schenck was born on Dec. 1, 1948, in St. Paul, the daughter of Edwin and Nora (Miller) Kanter. She is survived by her husband, Gerald L. “Jerry” Schenck of Grand Island; two daughters and one son-in-law, Elizabeth Seitz of Rockford, IL and Sarah and Troy Piatkowski of Omaha; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Tom Slama of St. Louis, MO, Donna and Russ Kunze of St. Libory and Susan and Rick Vlach of Scotia. She also leaves to cherish her memory, five grandchildren, Katelynn Seitz, Donovan Williams, Bryson Williams, Paxon Piatkowski and Sutton Piatkowski; as well as numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Sandy grew up on the family farm east of St. Libory and attended Zion Lutheran parochial school in Worms. She graduated from St. Paul High School in 1967 and then attended Concordia University in Seward, graduating in 1971. She began her teaching career in New Orleans for one year and then accepted a call to teach in Glencoe, MN, where she taught from 1972 to 1973. She was united in marriage to Gerald L. “Jerry” Schenck on July 15, 1973, at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms. The couple lived in South Sioux City, where she was a substitute teacher. The family moved to Grand Island in 1977, where continued to substitute teach in Grand Island schools until both her daughters were in school. She then began teaching full-time at Trinity Lutheran School, where she taught for over 25 years, until her health forced her to retire. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and Lutheran Womens Missionary League. During the summer months she loved to garden, and always canned and froze the fresh produce for her family. Sandy loved educating children, but her greatest love is her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her beautiful smile, educating talents, infectious sense of humor, and friendships to everyone will be missed, but never forgotten. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran School Tuition Program or to the family's choice.


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Jerry, Our hearts are saddened by the news of Sandy's death. We hold you guys up in our prayers and remember the good times. Love, Norm and Carol Jean

Norm and Carol Jean Hietbrink Jul 25 2012 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear of Sandy's death. My sympathy for all of her family.

Barbara Schmitz (Prochaska) Jul 20 2012 12:00 AM

Gerald, Elizabeth and Sarah - My sincerest sympathies to you all and your families for this loss. Please know I am grateful to have had the chance to see Sandy at the renunion and I am thinking of you all during this hard time!

Lisa Karnowski Jul 17 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. Our prayers are with you all.

Marty & Ellen Totzke Jul 15 2012 12:00 AM

By sympathy of thoughts and prayers go out to the Schenck family as also to the Kanter family. Life can be hard, often it is, Sandy fought hard for her family knowing it was worth it all, GOD BLESS THE SCHENCK FAMILY!!!

Harry George Jul 15 2012 12:00 AM

To the Schenck and Kanter families, Robyn and I were saddened to hear that Sandy had lost her long battle with ALS. Sandy was taken from you way too soon and in ways most of us do not experience. I have and will always remember Sandy's beautiful smile and that sparkle in her eyes...sort of a Kanter girls trait. Gerald, you have my utmost respect. Elizabeth and Sarah, I know that your Mom will visit you many many times in the future. Both in your dreams and in ways that although mysterious...you will swear she is right there. I truly believe there is a heaven and that our family and friends that go before us have little windows of opportunity to let us know they are still with us and are okay. I suspect that your Mom knew that as well and when you most need her beside you...something will happen that will calm you and guide you in the right direction...and that will be your Mom's silent force pushing you along. We cannot understand the sadness and pain you are feeling right now and have felt throughout your Mom's battle with ALS. But understand that hundreds of people...family and friends...are there to lend a shoulder and ear when you need it. May God Bless You and yours. Mike and Robyn

Mike McCann Jul 15 2012 12:00 AM

We will always remember Sandy's smile and caring attitude. What a wonderful lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Mike and Linda Riley Jul 14 2012 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to you Jerry and your family at this most difficult time.

Larry & Judy Skorniak Mackin Jul 14 2012 12:00 AM

Sarah and family, I am so saddened to hear about your mom's passing. I am thinking of you all and praying for God's peace to come over you during this difficult time in your lives. May the Lord be with you all. Sincerely, Amy & Jenny Hruska

Amy Hruska Jul 14 2012 12:00 AM