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Sandra May Fuerst

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On January 10, 2022 @ 12:20 pm In Obituaries | 42 Comments

(nee Gunning)
1955 ~ 2022

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and daughter, Sandra Fuerst (nee Gunning). Sandy passed away at the Selkirk General Hospital on January 5th, 2022 at 66 years old with her children by her side.

She will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by her children; Gavin (Melissa) and Hollee Sachvie (Ryan); and six grandchildren: Teagan, Payton, Hyden, Drue, Dielle and Emree. She is survived by her mother Audrey Singbeil and brother, Denis Gunning (Judy). She was predeceased by her fathers, Benny Gunning, Ozzy Ostwald, Ray Singbeil and her sister in law, Diane Gunning.

Sandy was born in Beausejour on January 12, 1955. She attended school in Thalberg, MB and later in Beausejour, where she graduated in 1973 from Edward Schreyer school. She married Gayard Fuerst in 1974, and the two lived in Beausejour until they found their home where they wanted to raise a family in Cromwell. Sandy and Gayard had two children, Gavin and Hollee.

Mom loved movies, music and working outside doing any type of yardwork. She was very competitive in lawn darts and any kind of card game, where you often had to pay close attention in case she tried to pull a fast one on you. Our childhood was filled with family and friend get togethers which we always enjoyed… but getting ready was almost more fun. Mom would spend time picking out her outfit, put on the record player, get out the mirror and we would dance in the mirror to make sure every angle looked just right. We will always fondly remember our family trips- specifically our Arizona and Disney trip.

Sandy had many challenges in her life that she strived to work through, but regardless of what she was going through, she was always thinking of her family. She had a very big heart, choosing to go without if it meant helping others.

Pictures of her children and grandchildren filled her walls, photo albums, and Facebook –  If there is one thing we know for sure, it was that she was very proud of us.

She held a special place in each of her grandchildren’s heart. They loved her more than anything, and will always remember her sleepovers at our homes and being so excited waking up in the morning knowing Gramma was there. She spent 1:1 time with each of the kids, listening to their stories and playing their games…whatever the kids wanted, she would do.

Sandy cherished her trips to Kelowna where she got to visit her Mom and Ray. She would talk often of the daily walks, great food and the beautiful weather.

Nothing gave Sandy more happiness than to provide gifts to those she loved. She constantly shopped for the ideal gift. She was so giving and worked so hard to find the perfect gift for everyone. She also loved telling us stories of the ‘good old days’, which often ended in us poking fun at her as she remembered everyone and every specific detail. Anyone who knew Sandy, knew that she was easy to talk to. Always interested in what you were doing, she would chat happily for hours, always engaged and truly listening.

Mom, you are beautiful inside and out. We thank you for everything that you have done for us. We will always remember and miss you dearly, but are comforted to know that you are at peace. 

A private celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, January 12th with her immediate family.

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Condolence from Susan Kaatz on January 10th, 2022 2:18 pm

My sincere and deepest condolences go out to all of you. Keep your memories close.

Condolence from Dianne and Mark Ungurian on January 10th, 2022 2:57 pm

Hollee and Gavin
So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Cherish the special memories of her and family time spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve your loss

Condolence from Sue & Darrell on January 10th, 2022 3:35 pm

We were so saddened to hear of the loss of Sandy. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs to you all.

Sue & Darrell

Condolence from Kristie Omichinski on January 10th, 2022 3:57 pm

Hollee & Gavin & families,
So very sorry to hear of your moms passing . My sincere condolences to you all.

Condolence from Lyla Ready on January 10th, 2022 4:04 pm

My condolences to you all. Your mom was a special lady. We had many long conversations. I will cherish her memory. She always spoke proudly of her children and her loving grandchildren. Gods blessings be with you as he now will take special care of your mom who deserves all of it.

Condolence from Sharon on January 10th, 2022 4:28 pm

Hollee and Ryan
Gavin and Melissa

Your Mother was a beautiful lady with a loving heart and soul. She was always so much fun to talk to and we both loved reminiscing about our teenage years. No words can express how much she will be missed by all.
Always remember that many of her wonderful qualities will shine through in you Hollee and Gavin and also her beautiful grandchildren.
Love Sharon Sachvie (Mom)

Condolence from Wally & Marlene Cyncora on January 10th, 2022 4:37 pm

My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you
at this very difficult time. I have known Sandy for many years, she was a very special lady, always so
kind & caring. She will be missed by all. Hugs to all.

Wally & Marlene Cyncora

Condolence from Brittany Harms on January 10th, 2022 4:41 pm

My condolences to Holly and family. You are in our thoughts & prayers, take care!

Condolence from Leona Weidman on January 10th, 2022 6:01 pm

Gavin and Melissa, Hollee and Ryan and your children, and Sandy’s Mom, Audrey, I am very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My sympathies to each and every one of you. May God give you His Comfort and Strength. Rest In Peace, Sandy

Condolence from Karen & Art Berry on January 10th, 2022 6:01 pm

Our most sincere condolences to Sandy’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sandy cherished her family , they meant everything to her. She will be missed.

Condolence from Darlene Vandenberghe on January 10th, 2022 6:17 pm

Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a beautiful lady and loved her family more than anything. Cherish your memories as they last a lifetime.

Condolence from Elaine Hayes on January 10th, 2022 8:42 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. She was a kind and beautiful person. Thinking of Gavin, Hollee and your families at this very difficult time.

Condolence from Janet Forrest on January 10th, 2022 8:50 pm

So sorry to hear about Sandys passing. I went to school with Sandy for many years in Thalberg, she was a very special person. In the recent years we kept in touch on Facebook, she was so proud of her children and grandchildren and loved posting pictures of them, she will be greatly missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family,

Condolence from Rhonda & Carl Leochko on January 10th, 2022 10:44 pm

Gavin & Hollee & families,
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was such a kind and loving lady!

Condolence from Linda Hemminger on January 11th, 2022 12:49 am

I’ve never had the pleasure of knowing you all but I knew your mother well when we were very young. Sandy was part of our “BJ girls” chat group and she did chat about you all often and with so much love and pride. She will be remembered with much affection by all of us. I was very sad to hear of her passing, my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family.
Linda Hemminger (Wolanin)

Condolence from Janet Hill Stepaniuk on January 11th, 2022 8:15 am

To all your family,
Sandy will forever remain in my heart and memories. She will always be in my thoughts and I will deeply miss her friendship. She was so proud of her family. She was a special friend and I share in your sadness.

Condolence from Elaine Klann, née Rach on January 11th, 2022 12:30 pm

Deepest condolences to all of the family. I am thinking of you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dianne Taylor on January 11th, 2022 1:22 pm

Deepest condolences to your entire family… Sandy was a special lady and friend, she will be deeply missed.

Condolence from Gerry & Irma Denisuik on January 11th, 2022 3:18 pm

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Sandra. Our thoughts & prayers r with all the family.
Gerry & Irma Denisuik

Condolence from Tanya on January 11th, 2022 4:57 pm

So sorry to hear about Sandy!

She was so kind! I’m going to miss reading all of her thoughtful messages and comments on Facebook. She was truly a lovely women.

Take it easy and my thoughts and prayers are with her family♥️

Condolence from Audrey and James Gunning on January 11th, 2022 6:58 pm

Gavin and family, Hollee and family, aunty Audrey, Denis, this is a tough one to write. Getting to know Sandy, first as a cousin, when I married James, and then as a co worker/friend when we worked together at Dr.,Basmans office in Beausejour. Our friendship continued over the years. We kept in touch doing lunches, family functions and then alot of facebook messenger conversations . Sandy truly was a very caring person, and cherished her family and friends. She was loved by so many. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to you all. I know I will miss her alot. Much love to you all. May sandy rest in paradise

Condolence from Lorne and Debbie Winnicki on January 11th, 2022 8:47 pm

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom and grandmother. It is wonderful you were able to share special times with such an important person in your life. Cherish all those special memories. She was a lovely person and will be missed .

Condolence from Dale Dreffs on January 11th, 2022 10:16 pm

I have so many fond memories of Sandy during our high school years. She was smart, beautiful, popular, kind and warm. Really, she had everything going for her. In recent years we reconnected through our “BJ Girls” Facebook group. Today the group had its weekly video call and we each lit a candle to honour Sandy. Over the past few years, it was clear from Sandy’s posts that she loved and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She has left an an incredible legacy. My condolences to you and to the rest of her family.

Condolence from Kelly Hastman-Cherewick on January 11th, 2022 10:51 pm

Sending my sincere condolences to Sandy’s family. I have fond memories of her and was happy to reconnect with her on fb over the last few years. Rest In Peace, Sandy.

Condolence from Theresa Hunter (nee Hnatiuk) on January 12th, 2022 7:47 am

Sandy was in our BJ Girls group and one thing that shone through all of our chats was her love of Gavin and Hollee and her grandchildren Teagan, Payton, Hyden, Drue, Dielle and Emree. She was a beautiful individual, from her platinum blonde hair to her gentle and kind ways and we will all miss her.

Condolence from Dee Dee on January 12th, 2022 8:27 am

Deepest heartfelt condolences
My thoughts, prayers, and much love go out to you all

Condolence from Ashley (Marcinkow) McLean on January 12th, 2022 10:22 am

Sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was a genuinely kind person-it shone right through. Thinking of you.

Condolence from Darren Sachvie on January 12th, 2022 3:27 pm

Hollee, Ryan, Gavin, Missy

Your Mom was a wonderful lady, whom always smiled and took interest in others. You and kids where her world and her legacy will live on through all of you. May peace be with you.

Condolence from Darlene and Wayne Omichinski on January 12th, 2022 4:58 pm

The Lord has a very special angel in heaven. Sandy will be missed by all who knew her. I am already missing her kind words and our messaging each other. She was always kind and so much fun. Cherish all you memories your mom and grandma was a very special person.

Condolence from Marlene Chura on January 12th, 2022 5:11 pm

I am so sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathy.

My teenage memories of Sandy are the absolute best! She was an amazing friend. Sandy loved her family so much and your memories will be with you forever.

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.

Condolence from Cathy and Sid Hemminger on January 12th, 2022 7:00 pm

Our condolences to you and your families. It was always special to chat with Sandy as we ran into her many times over the years, ranging from Thalberg Vacation Bible School in the early 1960’s to more recent times in Beausejour. Sandy’s proudness of all her family was evident. She was kind and considerate and will be missed.

Condolence from Rena on January 13th, 2022 9:10 am

Hollee and Gavin, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She truly was a beautiful person inside and out. Always so kind. My deepest condolences to you and the family.

Condolence from Judy & Don Kamaraus on January 13th, 2022 4:04 pm

Sending our sincere condolences to Sandy’s family and friends! She truly was a caring, kind, and beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed so much by so many! Another special angel looking down from above.

Condolence from Leanne Holmberg on January 13th, 2022 8:06 pm

Sandy was a high school friend of mine and I remember how beautiful and kind she was to those around her. Getting to know more about her in recent years she grew into a loving and proud mother & grandmother. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Condolence from Shauna Gmiterek on January 14th, 2022 9:07 am

Hollee & Ryan, Gavin & Missy
I have fond memories of your mom. She always treated me with kindness and greeted me with her bright smile. It was very clear that her family was so dear to her heart. Sending you my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Teresa Bortoluzzi on January 15th, 2022 9:42 am

My sincere condolences for your loss.

Condolence from Wendy Lidster on January 15th, 2022 10:06 am

So sorry to hear of your mom and gramma’s passing. Always had a nice chat when we met up in co-op. With our most sincere sympathy. Robert and Wendy Lidster

Condolence from Jim and Gail Richter on January 15th, 2022 10:48 am

So sorry and very sad to hear of Sandy passing. She was a special Lady and a dear, dear friend. We will cherish the memories we have of all our fun times together. Our condolences to the families. Rest peaceful Sandy. We love you.

Condolence from Susan Borkowsky on January 17th, 2022 9:58 am

So very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Condolence from Diane Naaykens (Galay) on January 17th, 2022 3:54 pm

I went to elementary and high school with Sandy. In the last few years I was able to reconnect with her through Facebook and our Beausejour girls chat. She was a beautiful woman whose pride and love for her family was so evident in the memories she shared. Sincerest condolences

Condolence from Christine and Gord Hemminger on January 30th, 2022 5:02 pm

Gavin and Holly we are so sad to hear this news, your mom was a special person. Gord and I fondly remember spending weekends at baseball tournaments with your mom and Dad when you were young. Gavin we got to know you better when you worked for us at our grocery store. Your work ethic and happy disposition mirrored your moms, it was a joy to get to know you better. Our condolences for your loss.

Condolence from Lauraine Twilley on February 3rd, 2022 5:46 pm

Hollee and Gavin, your spouses and your beautiful children,
We were heart-broken by the loss of Sandy. I messaged her many times, as we traded life’s joys and hardships. The many photos and postings on Facebook showed how much she loved all of you.
So very sad for you.
Gord Longbottom and Lauraine Twilley

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