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Sandra Bierly
  • April 17, 1952
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  • October 20, 2022

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Sandra Theresa (Hon) Bierly, 70, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

Sandy was born on April 17, 1952, in Duluth, Minnesota.  She was the middle of five children of Edward and Alta Mae (Johnson) Hon.  Beginning at an early age, Sandy’s Catholic faith was an important part of her life.  She was a 1970 graduate of Bishop Hartley High School, in Columbus, Ohio, where she made cherished, life-long friends.

Sandy was the devoted wife of 52 years to her husband, Michael.  Their life together, from age 18, was one big adventure.  Sandy’s positive outlook (“Where there’s a will, there’s a way”) and love of life, helped take them places far and wide together.  Sandy’s zest for life often made Michael’s head spin, but he could never quite (successfully) tell her no, and is one of the many reasons why he loved her so incredibly much.

She and Michael owned a real estate company in Columbus, where they started a family before moving to Florida in 1984 where their youngest son born.  Sandy worked hard raising her family and pursuing her career.  Her competitive nature was far reaching.  As a woman in real estate in the 80’s and 90’s, she broke glass ceilings, making a name for herself as a well-respected real estate broker and land developer.  Her passion for real estate was unparalleled.  Sandy and her partner, Carl Cahill, developed over a dozen quality residential neighborhoods throughout the Central Florida area from 1989 to 2007.

 Sandy was a wonderful, loving, supportive mother who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed traveling with family and friends, playing golf and tennis, and rooting for her Minnesota Vikings and Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Hon family cabin on Bear Island Lake in Minnesota was a very special place for Sandy her entire life.  She spent her childhood playing and swimming with her siblings and cousins, and subsequently watched her children play and swim with their siblings and cousins every chance they had.

Sandy is survived by her husband, John Michael; son John Michael (Jr.); daughter Jennifer Hon, daughter Michelle Marie and husband James Farthing, son Steven Edward and wife Kathryn (Hagen); grandsons Mason and Dylan Farthing, granddaughters Julie Mae and Evey Marie; brother Gregory Hon and his wife Kathy, sister Cindy (Hon) and her husband Steve Gramm, brother Steven Hon and his wife Laura, and brother Edward Hon and his wife Alece, along with many, many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.  Sandy was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Alta Mae, ‘Auntie’ Evelyn, sister-in-law Mary Eva (Bierly) Walters and (her oldest) beautiful daughter, Julie (b.1976/d.1993).

The Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Sandy’s life will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, located at, 4000 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 on Friday, November 4th, at 11am. Immediately following, we will be gathering at The Grille at Riverview, located at, 101 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169, to share stories, laughs and tears.  Sandy will be laid to rest privately at a later date.


Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
4000 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
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Date & Time:
November 4, 2022 at 11:00 AM

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  1. Connie Doh Triplett says:
    03 Nov 2022
    To my sweet friend Sandy!
    Our years growing up brought me so many happy memories that I will treasure forever!
    I love you and am so proud to have been your friend! As we grew older we could chat like we had just seen each other! You were such a hard worker and an amazing mom!
    The world is a better place because of you and you will be missed by so many! I know you are blessed to be back with your sweet Julie!
    God bless you my friend! I
    Love U dearly and I’ll always miss you!!

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    03 Nov 2022
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  9. Andrea Lynch says:
    01 Nov 2022
    Sandy and I were "soccer moms" for many years with our boys remaining friends to this day. I spoke with her in August when Geoff was visiting me from Ecuador. I had no idea she was so ill. Total shock. Such a kind woman. When Bob (husband) passed a year ago Sandy was one of the first to call. When I heard her voice I cried like a baby. Just her voice comforted me like I was wrapped in a blanket. We recalled all the years from boys of around 7 to now 47 and life in general. Lots of laughter and too many tears. What a loss to the family and all who knew her. I have no doubt she is now with Julie!

  10. Christine says:
    01 Nov 2022
    Such a sweet kindhearted lady , I shall miss her very much.
    My condolences and prayers to her entire family .

  11. Carol Courtney Hadley says:
    29 Oct 2022
    Sandy was such an exuberant, happy and bubbly person who brought joy to all who knew her! She always had a bright smile and was a lovely neighbor when our kids were young ! She will be missed !
    Carol Courtney Hadley & Family

  12. Dana and Ron says:
    28 Oct 2022
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Dana and Ron Hargrove

  13. Ann marie Mellin says:
    27 Oct 2022
    Soooo many wonderful memories of my lovely cousin, Sandy. She had always been a great force in our family. We will miss her immensely. Love and prayers to you all.

  14. Carlton Richards says:
    27 Oct 2022
    What a beautiful and amazing woman. I know she will be missed by so many. I pray God gives your family peace and comfort.

  15. Karen Smith says:
    27 Oct 2022
    A beautifully written obituary for a beautiful person. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. Karen Smith

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