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Sandra R. Lupino, 68

Sandra “Sandy” Rose Lupino, age 68, of Rockford, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

She was born Aug. 3, 1943, in Ironwood, MI, and moved to Minnesota in 1955.

Sandy graduated from Rockford High School in 1962. She then attended St. Cloud State University and became an elementary teacher.

She moved to Flint, MI, where she taught at Ralph Bunche School for 35 years. Teaching her children was her primary life. She excelled in her profession and was proclaimed Michigan Teacher of the Year.

Sandy’s students and her love of gardening brought her out to Mott Hashberger farm, where she would do gardening and help with the animals. She loved being close to nature.

Sandy moved back to Rockford in 2001 and resided at the family home until 2008, when she needed more care and shared time with brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Jim Lupino; two nephews, John Adado and Richard Salim; and a brother-in-law, Joe O’Neill.

Sandy leaves behind her loving family of four sisters, Toni (John) Adado, Mary O’Neill, Martha (Jim) Wendolek, and Pam (John) Zobava; two brothers, Jim (Deb) Lupino, and Ted (Cheryl) Lupino; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and many more family and friends.

Memorial services took place Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano, with the Rev. Mike DeWitte officiating. There was private family interment in the Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.