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Sandra Arlene (Littell) Flegel

Sandra Arlene (Littell) Flegel, passed away very peacefully on September 14th, 2018 at Spectrum Health/Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born February 13th 1939 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. to Zeltus B. “Jim”and Louise M. Littell.  Her family moved to Ithaca when she was 4, where she lived her entire life.  She graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1956, where she developed many life-long friends.

Sandra married Richard Flegel in 1958 and had two sons, Terry and Craig.  In addition to being a busy farmer’s wife and mother, she also found time to be involved with many activities including Cub Scouts, room mother, Extension Club (4H fair), Garden Club, and Junior Simmentals.  She always loved sports, and bowled for most of her life. The stories from the team tripsto the State Bowling tournaments have become “legend”.  Later in life, she took up and enjoyed the game of golf.  She and dear friend Patty Reeves could really tear up the course together.  After the unexpected loss of her husband in 1995, Sandra remained involved with the Michigan Simmental Association as acting secretary and treasurer.  

Her working years included time at Consumers Power in Almaprior to starting her family. She returned to work in 1975 at the Friend of the Court in Ithaca, where she worked for well over 30 years.  In retirement, Sandra traveled quite a bit, including trips to Brazil, Mexico, Arizona, Las Vegas, Maine, and Florida. Her favorite reason for travel was to spend time with her grandkids, both in Grand Rapids, and Bangor, Maine. 

Sandra was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, and several brothers and sisters-in-laws.  She leaves behind two sons; Terry (Patty) of Bangor, Maine, and Craig (Cara) of Grand Rapids; and four grandchildren:  Brandon and Gabriel (Terry),and Mathew and Jenna (Craig); brother Ronald of Ithaca (Jeff and Julie), brothers and sisters in-law, and many nieces and nephews.  

Sandra has lived at the Sunrise Retirement Community in Cascade for the past few years.  We would like to thank the entire Sunrise team for the love and care they provided for Sandra, and especially Cassie Gordon.  We would like to thank all the family and friends who have visited, sent cards, messages, thoughts and prayers to Sandra over the past 3 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested anyone who would like to make a donation may do so in memory of Sandra to the Special Olympics.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Barden’s Funeral Home in Ithaca, MI.  Services will be held on September 19, 2018 at 11:00 at the Edgewood Church of God, Ithaca, MI.  

Reader Comments (10)

Sandra could not have a finer legacy than her children and grandchildren.
September 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael & Mary OBrien
A well-lived life leaves Beautiful treasures shining on our shores.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because she happened. We’ll miss her smile!!!
September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGary & Marty McDaid
I first met Sandra through bowling many years ago. She always had a smile on her face and just seemed to enjoy life. She will be missed. 🌹
September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl & Ron Krautstrunk
September 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercharles &marlene wilhelm
Sandra was a special friend of mine. We bowled and golfed together also, traveled many places biggest trip was Brazil. She was a friend to everybody. Now she's serving God in heaven as an Angel.
September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Reeves
I worked with Sandra from 1992, until she retired. I loved her, she was a special lady and a special friend.
September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Cole
My most sincere condolences to remaining members of Sandra's family. I am happy and privileged to have known this wonderful lady. She did a marvelous job of growing a great family full of respect and kindness toward others. I will miss seeing her and I will miss her pies!
September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Tweedie
Sandra was a classmate of mine, 1952 to 1956 at IHS. Sandra was very gracious in her personality and was a wonderful person and a inspiration for everyone. A life well lived!
September 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHarold Kellogg
I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Sandra at the Friend of the Court office before she retired. She was always so kind to me. She spoke highly of her sons and grandchildren.
September 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Prieto
Sandra was my room mother early in my life. We meet again at the bowling alley. The fun I had trying to beat the Commercial Bank Team was also stuff that makes "legends". Your Mom was loved by all who knew her. She will be remember fondly by many.
September 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMary (Pharr) Hurley

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