Born in Woodsfield, Ohio on September 16th, 1946

Departed on November 12th, 2020 and resided in Aurora, Colorado

Sandy was born in the town of Woodsfield, Ohio on September 16, 1946 to Virginia and Francis Ackerman.  Perhaps, this small town is where she got her friendly nature as it was the type of town where everyone knew each other by name.  She had two sisters, Kay and Marlene, and a brother, Fred.  After graduating from high school, Sandy made her way to Columbus, Ohio, where the adventure truly began.  One evening a man, Lionel Michael Emdin, who lived in her apartment building came over to borrow some sugar, and the rest was history with their romance and adventure beginning when they were married on June 15, 1968.

With Mike being in the military, they traveled to many places far from her little town of Woodsfield, Ohio, but everywhere they lived she made it home.  The adventure did not stop with just exciting stations of service for Mike and Sandy.  They also started a family through their love for one another.  A daughter, Michele and two sons, Michael and William, would make their family of two into a family of five.  Oh! What a family it was!  The Emdin family lived a life full of love and lasting memories made together through travel and vacations like Power Dam in New York, Disney World and the list goes on and on.  They were amazing parents that were always there to root on the kids through whatever sport or activities.  They were always supportive and taught them that they could achieve whatever they wanted.  Mike provided for his family and Sandy was able to be home for their three children.  Even though her stature was small, her spirit, heart and personality were big.  Sandy was extremely strong as the mother and wife in the family making sure that no one went without.  Mike had tours in Vietnam and other instances where his duty called him away from his family, but it was Sandy who stayed back and manned the fort.

Sandy never acknowledged how strong of a woman she was, but those of us close to her saw this daily when she cared for her son, Michael, after an accident that landed him in a wheelchair.  Even though she took over the task of caring for Michael, she always found time for her other children and at that point, 5 adorable grandsons…Zachary, Ryan, and Ethan from her daughter, Michele, and Owen and Oliver from her son, William and wife Melissa.  Sandy was strong for us all, even when life threw her the most challenging obstacles.  Any one that knew Sandy can speak to her resilience and strength.  Sandy always put the needs of others ahead of herself, except for the occasional casino run which she always enjoyed, even though she always lost.

After her son, Michael passed, Sandy spent her last years in a retirement community in Aurora, CO, where she made new-found friends and was close to Michele and Will and her grandsons, and was able to be a part of their lives from soccer and football games to even college graduations.  Sandy became ill over the summer and was in and out of the hospital and rehab facilities starting in August 2020.  Continuous health obstacles eventually were too much for her body and she was ready to join her husband and son in heaven on November 12, 2020.  We find comfort knowing that her husband and son were there to greet her with loving arms.  Her body was merely a vessel in this world, but her love lives on in the hearts of those who had the wonderful privilege of knowing her.  Much love, mom!

Guestbook Entries

Michele Emdin

Finding myself thinking of you so much these days and wanting to call you to tell you so much and all of the wonderful things that people are saying about you. I miss you more than words can say and I just hope you know how much you were loved as my mom!

November 17th, 2020 at 11:15am
Ethan Carpenter

Just like mom said. We find ourselves wanting  to call you and tell you all of the nice things that everybody is saying about you but we know that you are hearing them from up in heaven. Say hi to Grandpa and Uncle Mike for me! We love you and will always miss you but will find comfort in knowing that you’ll always be watching from above. Love you forever and always Grandma ❤️

November 17th, 2020 at 11:24am
Kellie Huffman

Missing you more than words can say. Hope you know how much we all loved you here in Ohio
RIP Aunt Sandy

November 17th, 2020 at 12:59pm
Sean Jorris

I was very sad and sorry to hear of Aunt Sandy’s passing. We will miss her dearly but take some comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with Mike and Michael. Forever in our memories. 

November 17th, 2020 at 2:14pm
Mike Rinko

I grew up in awe of Sandy Emdin’s family. They traveled, ate out, laughed and always had so much fun together as a family. If there was ever a perfect family -it was you Emdin’s. She will be missed dearly but will, live on thru the grand children and all the lives she touched.

November 17th, 2020 at 4:32pm
Melissa Emdin

I will never forget the first time I met Sandy – she welcomed me into their home (after I took off my shoes at the door of course!) into their lives when I first started dating Will. I will always treasure the many memories I have of her – dinners and drinks while doing trivia, going to mass and breakfast with us, and many more. Sandy, we know you are up in heaven watching over us and keeping Mike and Michael in line! I promise to take care of Will, Owen and Oliver for you. Love and miss you lots.

November 17th, 2020 at 6:14pm
Mr. & Mrs. R.C. Edmonson

My dearest Sandra, loving wife, mother, Grandmother and friend. You shall always be in my heart, our laughs together, the trip to Utah and so many times. May you R.I.P. until the Day of our Lord. I love you.
The Edmonson’s
Chet, Beth & Alexandria.

November 17th, 2020 at 6:54pm
David Tryon

Sandy was always welcoming to me and my family. The Tryon’s grew close to the Emdin boys after working with Will for quite a while. She raised 3 amazing children. She was thoughtful and caring. There are few people on this world you meet who are as genuine and kind as she. My love and condolences to the Emdin family.

November 17th, 2020 at 7:01pm
Lisa Armstrong

Sandy was a resident at the senior living community I work at. She was more than a resident to me. Over her 4 years at Bella Vita, we formed a close friendship. She always said we were like sister’s. She was a very caring peson and was always wanting to help others out in any way she could. She loved to help me with whatever needed to done, whether it be passing out the monthly calendar’s and newsletter’s, letting people into the front doors of the community or watching the front desk. I admired Sandy for the strong, caring woman she was. I will miss her so much and Bella Vita will not be the same without her. RIP Sandy. I miss you and am grateful that you touched my life!❤❤❤

November 17th, 2020 at 8:28pm
Tina, Shelby, & Ethan Moen

Sending love and prayers to the Emdin family.  Sandy was always such a sweet and gentle soul with a quick wit and kind heart.  She was so good to me and my children over the years — we are blessed to have known her.  May she Rest In Peace and may her family know that her time here was truly well spent.  Much love.  

November 17th, 2020 at 9:17pm
Mary Kate Emdin Rinko

Beautiful tribute to a truly Loved One by genuine and truely loved children. A life well lived. A death accepted peacefully as part of her Journey. Every minute anyone spent with Sandy was a gift. Good night and God bless you, Sandy – thanks for the memories!!

November 18th, 2020 at 3:28am
Emily Harting

I was fortunate to be around Sandy only a handful of times, but I can certainly echo how welcoming and kind she was. I know how important she was to Will and Melissa and their children. She absolutely raised a good one in Will, who has been like a brother to me, since the moment we met. I am sending love, light and my sincerest sympathies to the entire Emdin family.

November 18th, 2020 at 5:56am
Kay "Mike" Jorris and Marlene Ackerman

You left us too soon and the memories keep flooding our thoughts but it just doesn’t seem enough. You should be here looking at the pictures with us of when your whole family came to visit us in Ohio and we were all together. Before your illness you and I talked about doing it again in the near future. I pray that the Emdin and Jorris families will and when we do we will gather and toast you, Mike and Michael ! Close in our hearts you will always be, friends forever, but more important, Sisters, you, Marlene and me. RIP little sister.

November 18th, 2020 at 9:34am
Karen Demgen

I truly loved Sandra. We enjoyed going to lunch and talking. One of the individuals at the retirement community called her the “energizer bunny” for all the things she did. I will miss her. She very much
loved her children and grandchildren. She was talking about her five grandsons.

November 18th, 2020 at 10:47am
Cindy Gothberg

Sandy was always so warm and welcoming. She would offer me anything she had in the fridge, and was such a good listener, wanted to hear what I’d been up to since our last visit. She was so genuinely sweet. The only comfort for now is knowing she is with Michael & Mike. Rest In Peace, Sandy. Thank you for being exactly who you were. 

November 18th, 2020 at 1:21pm
Elaine Amrhein Apt. 408 Bella Vita

Sandy was one of the first new friends I made when I moved to Bella Vita.  We both enjoyed walking, helping others, talking and she is an example of how having a good friend in our life sure makes a difference.  I have lost a great friend but I know she no longer is without her husband and son, Michael, they will meet her in Heaven and will love, laugh and be well together.  “Thanks for the memories, Sandy”. 💙 Elaine Amrhein

November 18th, 2020 at 1:26pm
Jack Tryon

Sandy was a joy to always be around. I was always impressed how she took care of Michael. She had her standards for her boys and definitely kept them inline! Always a loving grandmother and a great person to talk to. Mrs Emdin you will be missed not only by your family but many friends as well. Watch over Will, Melissa, Michele, and those grand babies from heaven. My condolences to the entire Emdin family 

November 18th, 2020 at 4:03pm
Nicole Wheeler

I always loved seeing Sandy when we would visit from Omaha. She will be missed greatly. Praying for you all during this difficult time.  Heaven gained another angel to watch over you. 

November 18th, 2020 at 6:09pm
John Huddle

I work with Will, and have seen Sandy a handful of times over the years.  I’ve seen her lovingly herd little Owey and knew that she was the best grandma.  The most we ever talked was at Michael’s funeral.  She wouldn’t let me call her Mrs. Emdin, “No, please call me Sandy.”  And I was so at ease with her.  It felt like we could sit and shoot the breeze for hours.  Sandy was just very comforting. I know that the Emdin’s must be feeling an enormous void with her passing.  All my love to the Emdin family.

November 18th, 2020 at 8:02pm
Chris Wheeler/ Wheeler family

Sandy was a wonderful women, Mother and grandma such a kind gentle soul. I/we will miss seeing Sandy on our trips from Omaha to Denver. I don’t think there were to many times we did not get together at some point be it at Mass, breakfast, dinner or a soccer or baseball game. It was great to catch up on our busy lives to see her and our grandsons (Will, Melissa and Michele’s family too) I/we are so blessed to have known her. Sandy you can now enjoy your Heavenly reward. To the entire Emdin family we Love you and continue to pray for you. Eternal Rest grant unto her O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace!

November 19th, 2020 at 1:01pm
Nancy Price

Sandy was one of our neighbors here at Bella Vida.  My husband and I enjoyed talking with  her..We never saw her on Mondays as that was her day to do the laundry.  Always a pleasant face.  We will truly miss Sandy but know that she is in a better place.

November 19th, 2020 at 2:00pm
Anne and Bryce

Saddened by the loss of such a kind-hearted woman. A smile comes to mind when I remember the fun times hanging out together during Emdin gatherings. Sandy, you will be missed. Hugs and Love to you all.

November 19th, 2020 at 9:57pm
Jessica and Aaron Savacool

We send all our love and support to the Emdin family. Sandy’s loss hit us hard. She was the Mom in our friendship group, and we loved her very much. I’ll always remember her big smile when we’d see her, and she always was interested in catching up. We admired her strength in dealing with Mike’s accident and just getting on with it like no big deal. Her love for her family was something to behold.

We first met her through Mike. We loved it when the Emdin family stopped in the Marriott. We always were sure to have a pitcher ready, and they just made us feel like a member of their family. Sandy’s warmth and sense of fun had a lot to do with that. We’ll miss her very much. She is with her son and husband now, no doubt keeping them in line. 

November 20th, 2020 at 12:44pm
Tim Whipple

Sandy always had a warm heart and home for everyone. Thank you for always making me feel like family in your home.  You will be missed by all who were blessed enough to know you. 

November 20th, 2020 at 8:58pm
Sherrill Anderson

Sandy was a very sweet and caring lady. I enjoyed getting to know her. She was always willing to help in any way she could. Was a part of the Walking Club and even walked in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s one year. She is missed.

November 21st, 2020 at 7:03pm
Fred and Martha Ackerman

It is always hard to lose a loved one especially when it’s your Mom. We have lots of memories of Sandy. Fred and I are so glad that we had the opportunity to visit with her and her family just wish it hadn’t been so long ago. We’ll always remember her as having great faith in God and love for her family. She has been remembered in two Masses here in Florida. I know she is in Heaven with Mike and Michael. We send our prayers and hugs to her beautiful family. Love, Aunt Martha and Uncle Fred

November 22nd, 2020 at 1:07pm
Gustav Moen

I have shared many laughs and tears with this wonderful woman. Sandy is such a kind and giving soul. I will truly miss her smile and sense of humor and I send all my love and support to those who will miss her, as I will. 

November 24th, 2020 at 11:31am

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