ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sandra Klein 69 years old , born on September 20, 1941 and passed away on June 10, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Gerry Klein on June 10, 2020
Hard to believe that its been 9 years already since you left me, your family and many friends. Hopefully you and Carol are enjoying some fine wine along with family and many of your friends that have chosen to join you. You are missed every day and here back on earth, some of you old friends still talk about you as a kind sweet person that was loved by many. God Bless!
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on June 10, 2020
Mother.....Daughter....

The years pass, but the sentiment remains the same; I miss you dearly, each and every day. I know Aunt Carol is with you now and you two are laughing it up, as you did when on the phone. She was the sister you never had. Love you both very much.
Posted by Mike Pozdol on June 10, 2020
It’s been 9 years since you left us. I miss talking to you but now you have my true love, Carol, to be with. I love you both and I’m sure your reminiscing about the times together. Love you sis.
Posted by John Kolarik on September 20, 2019
So, some may think this is crazy; one of my favorite movies is Coco. About a little boy who learns that remembering our loved ones after they are gone is vital to their everlasting spirit.

I hope you know that your family still thinks of you. Today and every day. You are still the matriarch of this family. Thinking of you...
Posted by John Kolarik on June 10, 2019
I came across photos of your vacation to Iceland, Great Britain, and Scotland (I think). Here are just a few photos of you for all of us to remember the good times. Still miss you...
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on June 10, 2019
Eight years you’ve been gone and the void still never fully heals. We’ll be visiting FMB soon and I’ll think of you at one of your favorite views..going over the causeway to the beach. So beautiful and peaceful. Similar to my memories of you.
Love you bunches, xoxo.
Posted by Gerry Klein on September 20, 2018
Sandra, Your son in law (Jack) was very kind to add many new pictures bringing back fun memories of you and family, celebrating your 77th birthday. I just enjoyed living through many good times of our marriage, as well as some very cute pictures of you when you were a small tot. We all miss you and will always remember to celebrate your special day in September. Love you, Gerry
Posted by John Kolarik on September 20, 2018
Happy Birthday,
I thought it would be appropriate to share a few more of your photos with the family. I hope you can look upon them and smile as we do. Love you.
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on September 20, 2018
Happy Birthday, Mom!
I realize writing messages on this tribute site is silly, as you can't read them. Still...feels good to acknowledge it in some manner. I picture you up in Heaven with your parents, our Candlewood neighbors, playing bridge and eating chocolate covered raisins. And smiling...always smiling. 
Love you bunches---
Daughter
Posted by Tricia Donegan on September 20, 2017
Hi San,

I know you've been watching over me and shaking your head.... I really can't remember when I've been so blessed. Things happen for a reason, and I look to you to tell me "Tricia you are crazy!" I think of you from time to time, and also Sheri. Please continue to guide me and nudge me from time to time... Hugs forever.
Posted by Mike Pozdol on September 20, 2017
I still miss my sister and think about her. Great sister, wife, mother and friend to everyone.
Posted by Mike Pozdol on September 20, 2017
I still miss my sister and think about her. Great sister, wife, mother and friend to everyone.
Posted by Mike Pozdol on June 12, 2017
Dear Sis,
I didn't forget you but I was away. I still think of you and wish that you were here to talk with me about life and family. You are always in my thoughts. I miss you.
Posted by John Kolarik on June 12, 2017
As others have said, time is too short. I still remember your smile, your laugh and your witty humor. Our house has not been the same since your departure. Still thinking of you and what you're doing now. I wonder if it is as beautiful as we all hope.
Posted by Gerry Klein on June 11, 2017
So sorry, dear, that I missed sending you my love by one day. However, as you know you have been with me ever since your passing. Time just continues to move too fast and sooner than later I will be with you. Until then, I "touch" you almost every day as I pass through the guest room. Love and miss you!
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on June 10, 2017
Motherrrrrrr?.......Daughterrrrrr?
Remember, this is the way we always answered the phone when we knew it was each other! 
Hope you stop in once in a while and know I'm thinking of you. Missing you always.....Love you bunches!!
Posted by Tricia Donegan on September 20, 2016
Five years, and I miss you still. Been staying in touch with Sheri, but you already know that I'm sure. Will drink to our friendship tonight with a glass of wine. Happy Birthday to an incredible woman. Hugs, Tricia
Posted by Mike Pozdol on June 10, 2016
Hey Sis,
Can't believe that it's been 5 years already. I miss those talks that we had.
Posted by Gerry Klein on June 10, 2016
Hard to believe that it's been five years ago that Sandra left us at such a young age. Her kindness and the love of family and friends lives on with all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. I do miss her grace and love that so eloquently surrounded her. Love you always!
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on September 20, 2015
Happy Birthday, Mom!!

So many times I want to pick up the phone and call you--- for a questions I have, an opinion I need, an ear to listen to my ranting or to just say "Mother.....Daughter."

As always, Jack and I will be releasing a Wish lantern into the evening sky; keep your eye out for it! Hope you're having some champagne or a glass of wine, you know I will.  Love you bunches--
Posted by Ashley Kolarik on September 20, 2015
Happy Birthday! We miss you tons.
Posted by John Kolarik on September 20, 2015
Hi Mom,

As Sheri mentioned, we lit a Wish Lantern in your honor tonight. I uploaded the video for all to see, hopefully you too.

Love, Jackie
Posted by Tricia Donegan on September 20, 2015
It's hard to let a forever friend go. You are with me on the golf course, in quiet moments..... I know you are watching over us all from above.
Miss you so much... Happy birthday my sweet, loving, kind and generous friend. I learned a lot from you.
Posted by John Kolarik on June 11, 2015
Hi Mom,
Four years....why does it continue to hurt so?  I realize how lucky I was to have you for 41 years, however, I find myself always needing to run things or situations by you for your advice. Hoping you may let me know the answers in your own way, soon.
I know this may seem silly, but once in a while I will take out your beloved "moo-moo" and hold it tight, remembering you in it and wishing you still were. 
Still missing and loving you terribly-----
Posted by Mike Pozdol on June 10, 2015
It had been 4 years and I still miss her. You will always be remembered sis.
Posted by Gerry Klein on June 10, 2015
It's hard to believe that it's been four years since you have left me. While I have met a very sweet young lady with your same name, I sometimes believe that you sent her to me just to keep me in the straight and narrow. Love forever!
Posted by John Kolarik on June 10, 2015
Another year has passed since you left and we think of you often. I can still picture you shuffling around in the morning working on your cross-word puzzles. Funny, she was a wiz at cross-words but failed miserably at Sudoku :) Still missing you...
Posted by Barbara Lutz on June 10, 2015
Well dear friend, you are still with us every Mon. night at Mah-jongg.
 There's a big gold star on your set, we call it "Sandy" and it travels from house to house each week. We even yell at you when you keep us from getting any jokers....cut it out ok?
I'm keeping your wine glass full and your seat warmed up!!
Posted by Kristen Klein on June 10, 2015
It's been 4 years and although I try it's difficult to remember the sound of your voice. There's been many changes over the years that I wish I could tell you about. Every time something great happens or every year when your birthday or Mother's Day rolls around I still have to urge to pickup the phone and want to call until I realize I can't. I am lucky because I have so many wonderful memories and every time I walk on a beach I think of you. I still think about you every day and I know that even though I cannot physically say it I know you are my angel looking down upon me helping and guiding me to be the best I can be and can see every good moment. I love you forever!
Posted by Gerry Klein on September 21, 2014
Dearest Sandra, another year has past since you left us and while our thoughts are with you evey day we find peace that you are in a happy place with family and friends, that have passed, celebrating your special day. Anya and Maverick have now joined you giving you some enjoyment. Get your frisbee out and play with them.
I do so much miss your love and gentleness and I promise you that we will again let you visit your favorite place, the bridge to Fort Myers Beach. All my love, forever!
Posted by Mike Pozdol on September 20, 2014
Well Sis, you are always on my mind. I miss those infrequent chats which I now wish were more frequent. I wiah that we could have those holiday calls which we always made to each other. I miss you very much.
Posted by Tricia Donegan on September 20, 2014
Hello my friend,
I wanted you to know how much I still think of you, miss you, and how you are still a part of my life. I love seeing the photos John is posting..... makes me miss you more but keeps you alive in my heart in so many ways.

I'm wondering if you are riding that pony you always wanted as a kid, and never got......

Happy, happy day to you.
Posted by Adrienne Craig on September 20, 2014
Hello Cousin

I just wanted you to know that you are still missed. I think of you often, and remember only the good. Isn't that the way it is suppose to be!
Posted by John Kolarik on September 20, 2014
Happy Birthday Mom,

We are thinking of you on this day. I posted some more photos of you and the family. It is nice that you saved them for so many years and now we have them to share with all.

If you see Anya playing with another, don't be alarmed. His name is Maverick and you will love him as his personality is infectious...just like yours.
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on September 20, 2014
"Motherrrr??" " It's Daughter!"
Ahhh loved how we started our phone conversations, lol.
Happy Birthday to you! I bet you will be having a glass or two of wine with many others later tonight. Missing you always and every day! Please keep a lookout for your wish lantern, to be released again into the night sky. Love you--
Posted by Gerry Klein on June 10, 2014
Dearest Sandra, It does not seem like three years sense you left me for a better place to continue your journey. While so many celebrate this day as the day you had peace, I do miss and think about you very day as I continue with my journey only to find you some day and share that glass of wine that we did so much while you were here with me. Love you always.
Posted by John Kolarik on June 10, 2014
Three years have passed yet we still think of you often. Words can not express how much you meant to Sheri and I. We think of you often, and laugh at the many memories you gave us. I posted some new photos of the early years for everyone to enjoy.
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on June 10, 2014
Mom,
The other day I was going through some drawers and came upon your favorite robe...ok let's say it, mumu. :) I immediately saw you at our kitchen table, drinking your morning coffee and working on the crossword puzzle. You looked up and said "Morning, want some coffee?"
Oh how I miss seeing you and hearing your voice. Seems like only months....Missing you every single day.
Posted by Adrienne Craig on June 9, 2014
Hi Cousin
I still think of you often. I sent Mickey a message that a friend sent me about every time you see a Cardinal (bird) a love one that has passed has come to visit. Well I saw one yesterday, so I just know it was you. I will love you always.
Posted by Adrienne Craig on December 24, 2013
Hello Cousin
I know you are watching over us, so I just wanted you to know that I still miss you! It is Christmas Eve and you are in my thoughts today and always.
Posted by Donna Miceli on September 20, 2013
Thinking of Sandy today, and remembering all the fun times we had together, playing Mah Jongg, lunches and dinners (especially to celebrate birthdays), holiday parties, and working on the Club newsletter together. She is still missed.
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on September 20, 2013
Happy Birthday, Mom!! Thinking of you tonight as I look into the night sky.... You must be around, as we had a gorgeous sunset today and we just witnessed two owls on the roof "speaking" to each other. 
Missing and loving you always......Daughter
Posted by John Kolarik on September 20, 2013
Thinking of you on your birthday...

I remember your quiet reservation. Never wanting center stage yet everyone knew you were there. Your thoughtfulness and humor is still missed by your family but most importantly me. I will never forget your acceptance and love. I know...I know...stifle...miss you still
Posted by Adrienne Craig on June 11, 2013
I talked to you often, and I know you are there. Thank you for being you!
Posted by Tricia Donegan on June 10, 2013
Two years have gone by yet it seems like just last month... Sitting on the beach I am reminded of what a good friend you were to me and many others. I miss you but know you are in a better place. How do you like your new home in Heaven? Do things get dusty there??!!
Posted by Donna Miceli on June 10, 2013
It's hard to believe it has been two years since you left us. We remember and speak of you often. We will raise a glass of wine in your memory tonight at Mah Jongg. We miss you.
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on June 10, 2013
Mom we lit a wish lantern tonight and sent it into the night sky. Hope you were able to see it and read the message we wrote on it. Missing you every day, your voice, your laugh, and your endless listening skills. You are always with me

Love, Daughter and Jack "ie"
Posted by Tricia Donegan on March 24, 2013
Just thought I'd check in with you. Watch over our friend Jim, he is getting nearer to seeing you. Life goes on, sometimes at a alarming rate. It's hard to catch my breath. At night, enjoying a glass of wine, I think of you .... and smile. Thank you for opening up your life to me.
Cheers my friend.
Posted by John Kolarik on September 21, 2012
Happy Belated Birthday,

Even thought I was with Sheri when she posted her message, I wanted to let you know that you are always in our thoughts. We hope you were able to see the wish lantern we lit last night in your memory.
Love always...Jackie
Posted by Tricia Donegan on September 20, 2012
As life continues, so does your memory, your essence. Yesterday I was cooking and used the wonderful whisk you had gotten me because when you came over to my house one day to help me cook, I didn't have one for you to use.. So 'just because' you showed up a couple of days later with it!! I love you like a sister, and miss you still.
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Posted by Gerry Klein on June 10, 2020
Hard to believe that its been 9 years already since you left me, your family and many friends. Hopefully you and Carol are enjoying some fine wine along with family and many of your friends that have chosen to join you. You are missed every day and here back on earth, some of you old friends still talk about you as a kind sweet person that was loved by many. God Bless!
Posted by Sheri Kolarik on June 10, 2020
Mother.....Daughter....

The years pass, but the sentiment remains the same; I miss you dearly, each and every day. I know Aunt Carol is with you now and you two are laughing it up, as you did when on the phone. She was the sister you never had. Love you both very much.
Posted by Mike Pozdol on June 10, 2020
It’s been 9 years since you left us. I miss talking to you but now you have my true love, Carol, to be with. I love you both and I’m sure your reminiscing about the times together. Love you sis.
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Drinks at the JW in Arizona 2011

Shared by John Kolarik on September 21, 2012

The family enjoying drinks at the JW Marriott in Arizona April 29th, 2011 

Just 5 weeks before she left us. 

A different side

Shared by John Kolarik on June 10, 2012

Sheri shared a story with me the other day about her Mom that I found interesting.  Apparently, Sheri was "acting up" at NIU and Sandy sent her a letter letting her know of her disapproval. I forgot that Sandy could at times be a spit-fire and although usually quiet and reserved she was not afraid to be a Mom when needed.
Sheri kept the letter and recently found it in the attic as it brought back memories for both of us. 

I mostly knew Sandy as a warm and loving Mother-n-law who was always kind to me and Ashley. There were those "moments" when she had enough and would muster the words stifle to Gerry and occassionally Sheri. It's memories like this, both good and bad, that remind us all that she was a women much more wonderfully complex than most knew.   

A Loving Life

Shared by Tricia Donegan on December 29, 2011

 

"San", as I called her, was the real deal.  Genuine.  Honest,  Loyal.  Quitely devout.  We shared many things in common:  Mah Jong, crafts, shopping, golf (?!) and each other's company.  We had a lot of the same interests:  politics, kids, grandkids..  She truly loved her family, each and every one of them..  She loved having company, was a gracious Hostess, excellent cook, and fussed over everyone and every thing!!

Through her battles with cancer, she said little about being afraid.  Her Faith was unwavering and this, I think, sustained her and always gave her hope.

Our favorite thing to do was walk the Fort Myers Beach together.  Sometimes we would just absorb the comfortable silence between us and listen to the wind, and the waves, while feeling the sand between our toes.  It seemed to be a time of rejuventation...  Perhaps it was the warmth of the sun or the soothing sounds...  But we always felt relaxed and calmed afterwards.  I cherish these special times.

San would do anything for you.  it was often quite a chore to find something YOU could do for her.  She didn't just remember your birthday, she made you a beautiful card.  Her talents for crafting were legendary...  I've kept all of the things she made me.  They were all very personal and beautifully made.

She wasn't much for the limelight and often downplayed her style.  But I knew inside was a vibrant soul with much to offer.  You need only ask.  I remember when she took me for a fitting for her dress for Sheri's wedding.  She wouldn't tell me anything about it, or let me help her try it on.  She made me wait for the "whole effect."  It blew me away.  I told her then and there that I'd never seen her look so elegant, so beautiful.  She just radiated and glowed and I knew she was looking forward to seeing Sheri as a bride....  It was her dream for her little girl....  She knew then of her breast cancer, but chose not to tell the family until after the wedding.  It's just who she was.

She lived a purposeful life and held fast to her family, faith and friends.  She never spoke harshly about anyone.  If I could sum up her philosophy on life it would be:  to live simply, love wholeheartedly, care deeply and have faith that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

I miss her every day, especially at Christmas.  She loved everything Christmas...I collected angels and she liked snowmen.  We often exchanged gifts adding to our collections.

I wish she were still here, I wish I could see her again....  and one day hopefully, we will walk the beach of eternity together one day.