Obituary

Sandra Kay Boucher

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died April 19th, 2015

The Lord decided to conclude the fervent work on earth of Sandra Kay Boucher , 72, on Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2015. She was also lovingly known as “Gee” to her family. The moniker, “Gee,” is a result of her first grandchild’s heartfelt yet unsuccessful attempt pronouncing the word, “grandmother,” or perhaps it was “Grandma, ” “Gram,” or “Gramma.” We’ll never know the true goal of the toddler’s speech misadventure some 23 years ago, but the nickname took. She even introduced herself as “Gee” to grandchildren’s prom dates at the photo opportunities many years later.

Born Sandra Belcher on August 13, 1942, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee and converted to the Catholic faith as a teenager. All who know her are keenly aware of the fervor with which she pursued her relationship with her heavenly Father and her passion to share that joy. She was zealously devoted to her savior, Jesus Christ, and especially to His Mother Mary. As has been said of better known saints, there is no explanation possible for those who do not understand, and for those who do, no explanation is necessary for such enthusiasm of things celestial. But devotion to her family was her absolute top earthly priority. Her home is decorated with resounding themes of her faith and her family. So many of her prayers and mealtime blessings ended with Sandy’s declaration, “…and thank God for family!” Every decision, every moment, reflected the dedication of her life to her family until the very moment she was called to do even greater work from above.

She married Jerry Boucher October 2, 1965 in Milwaukee and the couple lived in several states before settling in Escanaba in 1976. She owned and operated My Mother’s House Catholic Bookstore in Escanaba. The name obvious reflects how important it was for Sandy to celebrate the role of Mother Mary directing souls toward her Son. Long before she worked out the business details of her store, she knew the name would be My Mother’s House. The bookstore commonly served as the scene of a weekly Cenacle on Tuesdays, a prayerful meeting where many needs, special intentions, and thanksgivings were shared. Sandy’s kind demeanor and ability to bring folks together forged many lasting friendships at such gatherings. One dear friend who frequented Cenacle was Irving Houle, a humble local stigmatic who lived a holy life and maintained broader anonymity as “Francis” prior to his death in 2009. So many who came to know and love Sandy also feel blessed to have had Francis as part of their lives.

She leaves behind but continues to pray for her loving husband, Jerry, less than six months shy of their fiftieth wedding anniversary; her father, Christopher Belcher; her sister, Judy Minarovic and her brother, Wayne Belcher, all of Mequon, Wisconsin; daughter, Deborah (William) Hook, Escanaba; daughter Kim Boucher, Escanaba; daughter Becky (Michael) Tichenor, Shreveport, Louisiana; son Kevin Boucher of Tampa, FL; son Keith (Stephanie) Boucher, Gladstone ; daughter Danielle (Christopher) Gestwicki, Escanaba; and son Brian (Sarah Stemick) Boucher.

She is survived by the next generation (in order of Gee’s birthday card send-outs throughout the year) by Nate, Abigail, Max, Evan, Olivia, Annie, David, Breeanna, Zoe, Marin, Jon, Chris, Grace, Ella, Aubrey, Jennie, Lucas, Ava, Sophia, Peter, Stephen, Sarah, Jakob, Lillian, Seth, Levi, Phillip, Cecelia, Mary, Haylee, Kayce, and Rachel. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephew, grandnieces and grand-nephews and spouses. Her faithful cockapoo, Joshua, continues to share the same roof as Jerry and clearly misses her, too.

Her mother, Marion, brother, Gregory, and granddaughters, Mykala and Cierra, preceded her in death. She also cradles her unborn grandchildren now as well. She wants all her surviving beloved friends and family members to know she is doing wonderfully reunited and now that Mother Mary has escorted her to the arms of her beloved Jesus, she is praying and advocating for all of you.

Visitation will be at St Anne’s Catholic Church in Escanaba on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 2 to 5:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. officiated by Rev. Fran DeGroot. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pregnancy Services of Delta County and to Holy Name Catholic Grade School in Escanaba.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Boucher family.

14 Tributes to “Sandra Kay Boucher”

  1. i know that Gee must have been a wonderful lady because her daughter, Becky, could only have come from fine stock. I’m so sorry for the loss that your family is feeling but I’m celebrating with you that Gee is walking the streets of gold hand in hand with Jesus and His Mother Mary.

  2. Jerry and Family,
    Bill and I wish to extend our sympathy and say how sorry we are for your loss.bill enjoyed his professional relationship with Sandy.
    She will be sadly missed?
    Donna and Bill Perron

  3. Sandy was and is a beautiful soul. I know her from her Tuesday meetings with Francis when she hosted him in her home. She was always gracious and welcoming. Sandy gave me the gift of knowing that Jesus came to our town to minister to us all through Francis. Because of her I know Jesus and Mary found favor with us in her Mother’s House, and answered many of our prayers there. Sandy’s loving light shone out to everyone she met, and I count myself blessed to have known her. I will never forget her and am grateful that she welcomed me and my family into her home as we met with Irving Houle. So sorry to know she is gone, but I know she is with the saints in heaven now. What an amazing and special lady, mother, grandmother, hostess, and person she was. Sincerely, Carol Abramson

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jerry and your family.

  5. Sorry for your loss Boucher family. Rest in Peace Aunt Sandy. love and prayers, steve cleary

  6. Love and Blessings to your beautiful family. I’m sorry I’m not able to be there for the celebration of her life.I love and will miss her terribly but know she’ll be watching and praying for us. She’s at home now with our Lord and His Mother. She’s also with Francis doing God’s work as she’s always done. Now we have another saint to pray for us. I love you Sandy. Jan

  7. Sandy was an amazing woman of faith. I so enjoyed her friendship during my younger years in Escanaba. She was such a beloved part of St. Anne’s and I fondly remember our time during Healing Masses. She will be sadly missed, but I rejoice that she is finally with the loving God she served and loved for so many years. I will be offering Mass for her intention on Sunday, May 2nd at my church in New Haven. Please be assured of my prayers in the days to come.

  8. Jerry: So sorry to hear about your wife’s passing. My prayers are with you – she sounds like a great person. I know she will be with you in spirit.

  9. Hi Jerry
    Just received your wife’s obit, from John Young, and wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. She sure was a beautiful woman and a wonderful Catholic and is, most certainly, in heaven now. Please accept my sympathy….Mary Ann (Chaltry) Falk

  10. Jerry and family. So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  11. To Sandy’s family my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother, she was a great person I would help with her bookstore when she came to Green Bay with Francis she had a loving kind heart. I am sure our Lord said to her ” well done good and faithful servant. We will miss her greatly. Loved our trips to Escanaba on Tuesdays. Sorry we couldn’t be there for her funeral. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Dear Jerry and family, I was very saddened to hear today of Sandy’s passing when I tried to phone her and spoke to Jerry. My mom and I came every summer to Francis’ prayer group at Sandy’s, and we are coming next week and wanted to participate again. Sandy and her family will be in my prayers for some time to come. What a wonderful person she was and always a joy to talk to. We know Sandy is now reaping her eternal reward and is resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father!

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