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In Memory of Sandra J. Heikkila

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday July 9, 2021
Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 S. Robert St.
West St. Paul MN, 55118

Sandra J. Heikkila, age 77, of Woodbury, MN, died peacefully December 10, 2020 at her home. 

Sandra was born on April 11, 1943 in New London, WI to Karl and Hattie (Lightfuss) Ebert. She graduated from Manawa Little Wolf High School in the class of 1961A lifelong educator and speech and language pathologist, Sandra taught in the River Falls, WI school district helping children with special needs. She had a second-career mentoring student teachers enrolled at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. 

In 1968 Sandra married Gerald Heikkila. Together they raised their two sons, Jason and Luke in Afton, MN. Sandra and Gerald loved to travel, read, dance, share time with friends, listen to music and enjoy the occasional gin martini.  

Sandra was a woman of great faith and adored sharing her gift of a beautiful voice as a member of many church choirs, including the Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, MN.  

Whether she liked it, or not, Gerald coerced Sandra to be a fan of Minnesota sportsShe learned how to keep score at Twins games and sang the Rouser at hundreds of Gophers games and the Barn and the Dome.  

Before Gerald’s death in 2005 she and he were able to travel to China, Finland, Russia, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas, Maine, Florida, California, and many other places. After she lost her number one travel partner, Sandra continued to see the world including trips to Ireland, the Holy Land, Germany, England, and a return trip to Italy. 

When Sandra was home, she spent a great deal of time volunteeringattending plays, musicals, vocal performances, and lectures. She discussed books with numerous book clubs, and explored local areas of interest with the ‘Wednesday Women’ 

Though many activities were important to her, nothing compared to the love that being Grandma (or Grammy) provided. She adored her five grandchildren and watching them grow into the people they are becoming while going to college, working with animals, performing on the stage, on the basketball court, or on the soccer pitch brought her so much pride and joy.  

Sandra is survived by her children: Jason (Rebecca) Heikkila of Canton, SD and Luke (Sarah) Heikkila of Roseville, MN; grandchildren Joey, Gabby, Ani Jane, Christa, and Leo; sister Charlotte (David) Wildermuth of Bay Village, OHbrother-in-law David (Marie) Heikkila of Hudson, WI, and nephews Tucker, Brett, Nick, and Tony 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, brother Davidsister Sara, brother-in-law Ron, and nephew Andy.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Augustana Lutheran Church. 

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    • Heaven has another singing angel. I loved sharing a folder with my choir pal at Shepherd of the Valley.

      Be at peace dear friend

    • Sandy supervised students at UWRF and retired from supervising about two years ago. I so enjoyed Sandy as she would come to the college to meet with me to work on travel expense reports, fill out observations, etc. We had fun conversations. I do know she helped everyone!!
      She was a true professional, kind, and always a smile! To her family– I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! She will really be missed!

    • I am so sad to hear of Sandy’s passing. What a wonderful role model she was as my supervising clinician way back in 1986 at Westside. I am blessed to have kept in touch all of these years. She supervised many of my student teachers, serving again as such a respected professional, and giving us the opportunity to re-connect. She will always be remembered for her kindness and compassion. She was a proud mom and grandma. May she Rest In Peace. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

    • So sorry to read of Sandy’s passing. I attended grad school with her and then we reunited when I was working at UWRF and she was the schools liaison for the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Sandy was an absolute gem to have on our team. I will miss that smile and her stories of adventures with her grandchildren. Wishing her family and friends peace and comfort in time with good memories.

    • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sandy was always fun to visit with at gatherings for your family events. She will be missed.