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.