Sandra Jane 'Sandy' Cates, 71, of Grand Island, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at home with her family at her side.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Caroline Price-Gibson will officiate. Inurnment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Sandra was born Jan. 31, 1940, at Hoskins, Neb., the daughter of Clemens and Lorena (Winter) Weich.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Max Cates; her daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Scott Brammer of Omaha, and their children, Chase, Cole and Kate; and a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Stan Talcott of Maitland, Florida.
She is also survived by a niece, Johanna, and a nephew, Jeremy; numerous cousins and many wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Matthew Cates and Michael Cates.
Sandra grew up in Hoskins and graduated from Norfolk High School. She attended Concordia State College and received her Bachelor's degree in education. She was united in marriage to Max Allen Cates on June 7, 1964, in Grand Island at Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple made Grand Island their home.
Sandra started her teaching career at Trinity Lutheran before becoming a teacher and later director for the preschool at First Presbyterian Church.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was extremely active volunteering for various committees, singing in the choir, playing handbells, serving as an elder, and teaching Sunday School. Her strong faith was evident every day of her life. She was also an active member of the local garden club and the Nebraska State Education Association. Sandra enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. Her other hobbies consisted of sewing and crafts, along with music and sports. She attended various local concerts and sporting events in support of the community. She also cherished time spent with her three grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Preschool or Shriners Hospital for Children.
Condolences may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.