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.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.