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Sandra Van Wassenhove
  • December 03, 1948
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  • January 21, 2022

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Sandra “Sandy” Louise (Oswald) Van Wassenhove of Ft. Myers, FL passed away peacefully in her home on January 21, 2022. She was 73 years old.

Sandy was born on December 3, 1948 in Columbus, OH, to Walter “Ozzy” and Eleanor “Betty” (Teal) Oswald. Sandy lost her mother at an early age and spent significant time as a young adult with her aunt, Garnet Shriner. Sandy married her husband Chuck, on September 19, 1970, and they had three children, Amy, Mike and Steve. The family moved to Mason, OH, where Sandy raised her family while also working as a seamstress (usually all the night before the work was due!) and later as a receptionist for a local drug rehabilitation facility. She later retired to Ft. Myers in 2012, where she spent her time enjoying afternoons with friends, swimming in the pool, and drinking a glass (or two) of Chardonnay. Sandy loved the beach and the water, and never missed a chance to get close to either.

Sandy was endlessly compassionate and incredibly inquisitive. She was the focal point for all familial knowledge and updates – deeply invested in what was going on in your life and how that impacted you. A patient listener, Sandy had an innate ability to hear your story, and help you see the best path forward. She collected pictures and stories and every family gathering started with Sandy “catching us up” on what our cousins, aunts, and uncles were doing and where they were living. She always ensured we knew where our family was and gave us a feeling of connection to relatives scattered all over the country.

Sandy loved to travel and see new places. She was as at home in Hawaii as much as she was in New York, though never happier than when she was in her own pool in the backyard. She will be remembered as a loving wife, caring mother, compassionate friend, and incredibly invested in the life of every person she met.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Chuck; her daughter Amy (Stan) McIntire; sons Mike (Jennifer) Van Wassenhove and Steve Van Wassenhove; her beloved grandchildren Emma McIntire, Austin McIntire and Juliet Van Wassenhove; brother Mike (Debi); sister Barb (Trom); step-sisters Kathy and Jeanie; sisters-in-law Sue Van Wassenhove and Mary Joan Denomme and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

All are welcome to celebrate Sandy’s life. A small gathering will be held locally on Friday, January 28, 2022.  Family and friends closer to Sandy’s former home in Ohio can join us at Willie’s Sports Café, 19325 Schmarr Road, Lawrenceburg, IN from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The family asks in lieu of flowers, if inclined, to please make a donation to Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW Florida (https://leehealthfoundation.org/golisano-childrens-hospital/), where Sandy volunteered her time.  


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  1. Rebecca Mastalerz says:
    03 Feb 2022
    Wow! You always live on in my heart is a loving and kind person. Who I could pick up the phone anytime and start right where we left off. You will always be the most wonderful person that ever lived on Carter Court. Ha ha. So happy to have known you Love you so much sand. Becky

  2. Kathy Kidwell Marinacci says:
    29 Jan 2022
    I am so grateful that I got to go celebrate your life yesterday with chuck and the kids. This past few days have brought back so many wonderful memories of you and us all growing up together. I kissed my first boyfriend on our front porch and you were there. I saw The Beatles for the first time and you were there and watched my first scary movie with you there sitting on the couch beside me. I’ll never forget you and I am now thinking of you, driving that 1969 orange Camaro with the black & white houndstooth interior, in heaven. RIP Sis.

  3. Laurie Lisk Wilson says:
    28 Jan 2022
    As the oldest sister of my lifelong very best friend, Sandy was looked up to and idolized as the epitome of “cool” when we were little girls in Washington Court House. I know Sandy was loved deeply by her family and friends. My prayers are with them today and as they move forward carrying her in their hearts where her kindness and “coolness” lives on.

  4. Mari Kay Matteo says:
    27 Jan 2022
    My precious friend, Sandy- words cannot describe how much I shall miss you. I am grateful that God placed you in my life when He did, as my next door neighbor in Florida. He must have known I needed someone kind and accepting while on my own grief journey. The times we spent together I shall cherish always- our times in the pool, our wine, dinners, volunteering, our many talks, and all the help you gave me with my projects. I shall love you always.
    For her family and Chuck, we wish you strength and love on this grief journey and encourage you to speak of her always. We are here for you and support you. Sandy was a gem.

  5. Michele Cohn lit a candle:
    27 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 27, 2022 at 1:32:14 PM

  6. Jeannie Johnson lit a candle:
    26 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 26, 2022 at 1:13:25 AM

  7. Ann Hartman says:
    26 Jan 2022
    I will certainly miss my loving friend. Always smiling and ready to give a good word and listen. Rest in peace, my friend. My condolences to your wonderful family.

  8. Ann lit a candle:
    25 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 25, 2022 at 1:48:01 PM

  9. Pat & Bob Vogenthaler says:
    25 Jan 2022
    We are so very grateful to have enjoyed our years of friendship loving Sandy, her kind ways, sweet smile, and laughter. We hold many memories in our hearts. Miss you friend.

  10. Mary Van Wassenhove says:
    25 Jan 2022
    Love you so much, Aunt Sandy. I’ll miss your gentle smile and sweet, thoughtful conversation. Thank you for always being such a warm, kind and doting aunt. You will be very dearly missed and remembered often.

  11. Mary Van Wassenhove lit a candle:
    25 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 25, 2022 at 1:45:27 PM

  12. Jeni Mosca lit a candle:
    25 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 25, 2022 at 1:25:19 PM

  13. Jeni Mosca says:
    25 Jan 2022
    Dear Chuck and family,
    So sorry for your loss. She was the kindest person who had a great smile, which matched her amazing personality.
    Loved her golf cart company while golfing with Chuck.
    She will be missed dearly.
    Jeni and Barbara friends from Doves Nest

  14. Maryanne McCord-Stanley says:
    25 Jan 2022
    Sandy, you will live on in our
    memories. You were always sweet and loving to all. I will
    treasure our childhood fun,
    our family weekends when our
    children were growing up and
    our dinners after work as empty nester. Love you always,
    Maryanne

  15. Maryanne & Garth Stanley lit a candle:
    25 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 25, 2022 at 1:54:35 PM

  16. Dave and Norma McIntire says:
    25 Jan 2022
    May all the happy memories with Sandy, help heal the sorrow of our loss.

  17. Mark Denomme lit a candle:
    25 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 25, 2022 at 1:56:36 PM

  18. Mark Denomme says:
    25 Jan 2022
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. Sandy was definitely one of my most favorite Aunts. So kind and loving.

  19. Marianne & Jerry Mundy says:
    25 Jan 2022
    Our hearts are sad. Sandy was such a special person & her kindness will forever be what we remember.

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