Sandra L. “Sandy” Neal
Sandra L. “Sandy” (Schwanke) Neal of Madison, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.
Sandy was born on April 24, 1947, in Baraboo, to Clinton and Catherine (Emery) Schwanke. After graduating from River Valley High School in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Sandy attended the University Of Wisconsin School Of Nursing in Madison. It was during this time that Sandy met her future husband, Brazie Neal, they were married on Nov. 3, 1967; and from that marriage, had two beautiful children, Mark and Yvette. When Sandy’s son was born, she became a day care provider and proud “day Mom” to Eric Studesville (wife, Staci and children, Sydni and Eric Jr.). During the years the kids were in high school, her nephew, Anthony came to live with her from Chicago (wife, Deborah, and children, Jazmine, Gabrielle, Samuel, Joseph and Iriss). Sandy opened her heart and home to several neighborhood teens who needed refuge and a “safe haven” from their home elements. She became a Mother in heart to: Lance (children, Chance and Lashia), Melinda, Erika, Jenice, Tracy and Jenny; some of whom became her foster children. Sandy was involved in staffing one of the first Head Start Programs in the mid-west, here in Madison. It was during her employment with Head Start that she met her dear and long-time friend, Jeanne Barnes-Brent, who she considered a “sister in spirit”. During her working career, Sandy held other office and administrative positions in Madison before her retirement. Sandy was an active member of the Lioness Club of Madison for many years, which she tremendously enjoyed. She also enjoyed bowling, cooking and playing cards, and was an avid reader.
Survivors include her son, Mark; daughter, Yvette; five grandchildren, Marcus Alan Neal-Watts, Aurelius Marcus Oby Jr., David and Jordan Pierro, and Tenley Neal; sisters, Jeanie (Chuck) Hadden, Kathy (Dennis) Muskat, and Barb (Brett) Kleppe; and a beautiful array of nieces and nephews great and grand.
She was preceded in death by her amazing husband, Brazie; parents, Clinton and Catherine; and a sister, ZoAnn Bashir.
A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Care, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for their wonderful and compassionate care over the past few years; as well as Father Pat for his “spiritual guidance”. A special thanks to Margie Reising for her continuous friendship and support, and many visits while Sandy was under care at the nursing home and St. Mary’s Hospital. An even greater thanks to Jeanie (sister) and Chuck Hadden for their everlasting love and support of Yvette and Mark throughout their lives, and especially the last four years leading to Mommy’s passing. We love you Auntie Mommy and Uncle Chuck.
Condolences may be mailed to:
P.O. Box 17671
Encino Ca. 91416
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