Sandy Y. Terning, age 64, of Windsor, CO, formerly of Dassel, peacefully lost her second battle with cancer Thursday, April 28, 2011, at her home.
She was born in Saint Cloud, Aug. 8, 1946, to Robert and Elsie Nelson, who both preceded her in death.
Her childhood years were spent in Dassel, where she graduated from high school in 1964. Throughout these years she learned to cherish and celebrate her Swedish heritage.
Following the death of her mother to cancer, Sandy decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue a nursing career. Attending the same school as her mother, she graduated from The Swedish Hospital of Nursing in Minneapolis; thus beginning over 40 years of nursing, nurturing, and caregiving from her heart.
Sandy married Harlan Terning Aug. 19, 1967, at First Lutheran Church in Dassel Their wedding trip was to Colorado, where they hoped to live one day.
Sandy’s life was centered in her Christian faith. As Sandy and Harlan relocated several times, they would always become active and beloved members of the local Lutheran church. When they could not find a Lutheran church in rural Colorado, their efforts help create a new congregation. Sandy always used the gifts that God had given her to benefit not only her faith community, but the community as a whole.
In 1970, Sandy and Harlan moved to Fort Collins, CO, where son, Chad and daughter, Carrie were born. They also resided in Delta and Cedaredge, CO, before moving to Windsor.
Sandy is survived by her husband and caregiver, Harlan; a son, Chad, and wife Heather of Highlands Ranch, CO; a daughter, Carrie Orcutt, and husband Jamie of Thornton, CO; and her four grandchildren, Ayden and Kajsa Terning and Noah and Andrew Orcutt, her little “sunshines.”
Also surviving are her sister, Judie Wass of Loveland, CO; three cousins; and several nieces and nephews.
Her family will miss Sandy’s faith, positive attitude, strength, laughter and love, but are grateful that she is at peace with God.
A celebration of her life took place May 5 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, CO.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.