Sandra “Sandi” Ann Dagenais

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died June 17th, 2019

Sandra “Sandi” Ann Dagenais, 73 of Escanaba, passed away early Monday morning June 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Sandi was born in Oriskany, New York on April 12, 1946, daughter of Samuel and Helen (Sidoran) Petras. In 1964, she graduated from Utica Free Academy in Utica, NY.

On April 10, 1966, she married John Dagenais in Rome, New York. Together they celebrated 51 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on November 9, 2017.

When Sandi and John moved back to his hometown of Escanaba, she received her LPN and social work degrees from Bay College. In 1984 she returned to college and became a Registered Nurse.  She worked at St. Francis Hospital, established the first home care service in Escanaba “Visiting Nurse Service” and then worked for Delta Menominee Health Department until her retirement in 1996.

Sandi was a member of the Escanaba Country Club, Lady Elks and the Red Hats of Delta County.

She was committed to community service and enjoyed helping others. Sandi was an avid golfer. Her biggest passion was being Nana to her grandchildren. Family was most important to her and she enjoyed every moment spent with them.

Sandi enjoyed the last several months of her life traveling the United States with her companion Lee Tannehill of Munising who gave her so much joy and laughter during their time together.

Among survivors are her children, Todd of Orlando, FL. and Brad (Sheryl) of Escanaba; grandchildren, Nick, Kenadie, Teigan, Jocelyn and Luc; brother, Daniel Petras; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, John, she was preceded in death by two brothers.

The Upper Peninsula Nurses Honor Guard will have their tribute to Sandi at 11:45 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 202 S. 11th St., Escanaba on Thursday, June 27th.   The funeral service will follow at 12 noon at Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor Terry Frankenstein officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Sandi’s name can be made to Delta County Cancer Alliance, Shop with a Cop or the U.P. Honor Flight.

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7 Tributes to “Sandra “Sandi” Ann Dagenais”

  1. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Sandi will be missed by many. She was very supportive of me when my husband died and I really appreciated. We have been friends since the early 1970’s when I worked for John at TV4.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Sandi was a “firecracker”. Among her other activities, she was an unofficial member of John’s Esky Class of 1963! What a helper, go getter and friend! She was a master raffle ticker seller!

    Sandi and John were quite the team – living life to the fullest. Their devotion during John’s illness was extraordinary. With family support and love, Sandi was a rock until the end. We wish she could have had many, many more years!

  3. Our condolences to your families. Keep those happy memnories going.

  4. In the short time we came to know Ms. Sandi, her energy for life and love of family (especially of those grandchildren) were immediately obvious. She was one tough cookie to the very end, and her feisty spirit will no doubt live on for generations to come. Our hearts ache for the Dagenais family, we can all find solace and laughter knowing that she’s already getting everyone on “her page” upstairs!

  5. My words could never explain this beautiful lady!! But if you knew her you would understand!! Always putting everyone else first and forever helping our kids at EHS!!! I will forever be so grateful to call her my friend and my Hero !! I have learned so much from this lady! Love and Prayers and Peace to her beautiful family that she loved so much!! So thankful for you Sandi!

  6. Sending my condolences and deepest sympathy to Sandi’s family and friends. John and Sandi were such a “power” couple and brought love and joy to anyone fortunate enough to know them. Blessings to all of you.

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