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Sandra M. Burdorf, 53

Sandra M. (Larson) Burdorf, age 53, of Watertown, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, after courageously battling complications from chronic liver disease and a staph infection.

She was born Dec. 22, 1956, in Waconia. Sandy was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

She graduated from Waconia High School in 1975.

Sandy was united in marriage to John Burdorf Oct. 25, 1975, and to this union was blessed a daughter, Jamie. Sandy and John were divorced 25 years later.

Sandy worked many years at Honeywell and most recently, in the cafeteria at Mound Public School. She thoroughly enjoyed her interactions with the students there every day.

A lifelong animal lover, she will surely be missed by her cats, Shadow, Buddy, and Angel.

Sandy enjoyed horseback riding, camping, fishing, playing Scrabble, and walking barefoot everywhere.

Although she spent most of her life battling the alcohol and tobacco addictions that eventually led to her death, Sandy bravely overcame those addictions within the last few years. She made certain to make the most of that sobriety by devoting herself to her grandchildren, and she savored every moment she had with them. Carter, Ellie, Jack, Jamie, and the most patient and supportive man in the world, Mike, will always treasure that time.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Archie Larson.

She is survived by her daughter, Jamie (David) Entinger; grandchildren Carter, Ellie, and Jack; her true companion of nine years, Mike Curtis; mother Mavis Larson; sisters and brothers, Pat Lemke of Mayer, Jim (Joyce) Larson of Waconia, Kathy Larson of Lester Prairie, and Steve (Jean) Larson of Victoria; nephews and nieces Kurt, Keith, Kari, Kelly, Kyle, Jessie, and Jack; and many dear friends.

A celebration of Sandy’s life memorial service took place Friday, March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Watertown Community Center.

Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.