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Sandra E. Walters, 73

Sandra E. Walters, age 73, of Hutchinson, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at her home.

Sandra Ellen Walters was born Oct. 19, 1947, in Luverne, the daughter of Orvin and Vicky (Harrison) Birkeland.

Sandra was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. She received her education in Luverne, and was a graduate of Luverne High School, class of 1966.

Sandra was united in marriage to Ronald Walters at Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek, July 8, 1967. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Robert, Jason, and Scott.

Sandra and Ronald resided in Watertown, SD, and later made their home in Hutchinson in 1968. They shared 53 years of marriage.

Sandra enjoyed caring for children, and was a daycare provider for 20 years. Following her daycare business, she was employed with a cleaning company at 3M in Hutchinson.

Sandra was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Hutchinson.

Sandra enjoyed traveling to Mission, TX, in the winters and going to their cabin in Pillager, in the summer time. She also enjoyed fishing and playing card games, especially cribbage and Texas Hold’em. She always enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Ronald Walters of Hutchinson; sons, Robert Walters and his wife, Connie, of Dassel, Jason Walters and his wife, Michelle, of Fergus Falls; grandchildren, Darin (Mercedes) Walters, Jordan Walters, Brady Walters, Nicholas Walters, Jeremy Messner, Jessica Messner, Joshua (Nancy) Gogolakis, Benjamin (Tina) Delong, Caleb Delong, and James Delong; great-grandchildren, Hannah Wendorff, Ryker Wendorff, Zeke Smith, Aiden Delong, Lilly Delong, and Randall Gogolakis; siblings, Ron Birkeland and his wife, Cathy, of Hull, IA, Stan Birkeland and his wife, Colleen, of Sioux Falls, SD, Kathy Busch and her husband, Dave, of Loveland, CO, Brian Birkeland of Sabetha, KS; step-father, Gib Knoblock of Rock Rapids, IA; step-siblings, Roland Knoblock, Tim Knoblock, Peg Snyders, Chuck Knoblock, Barb Lesmeister, Paul Knoblock, Phil Knoblock, Lou Knoblock, Kyle Knoblock, Matt Knoblock, and Jenny Stoll; many other relatives, and friends.

Sandra was preceded in death by her father, Orvin Birkeland; mother, Vicky Knoblock; son, Scott Walters; and step-sister, Anne Knoblock.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with pastor Paulus Pilgrim officiating, and interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituarie and guest book available at www.hantge.com.

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