Dear Verne and Family,
You have a special place in our thoughts and prayers today and a special place in our hearts always. Ps 62:1-2 "My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken". Sharing my favorite song with you May it bless you, as it blesses me. "Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine". May Gods love, joy and peace surround you - Love you, Uncle Vernon and Aunt Olga Brandt, Reedley, California
Mr. Epp, For you and your family in this time off sorrow and as you share, talk, and remember, may you truly find that the one you loved so much is still living in your hearts.
Please accept my condolences on your wife's passing.
With Kind Regards, Gary Hersch, Glendale, California
The Westmont Community was saddened to hear of the death of your wife, Sandra. Please know that prayers and sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Sincerely, The Alumni and Parent Relations Office. Perla Vidal, Jeri B. Rouse and Beth Painter.
A Journey Remembered - As some people journey through life they leave footprints whereever they go-footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration, joy and faith. Even when they are gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind-a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow.
Praying you'll be comforted with precious memories and God's presence to care for you in your loss. 'May your faith bring you comfort, for God is always with you, always watching over you, and always loving you'. Thanks for these words you wrote to me when my wife Susie passed away three years and nine months ago. (Sandra and Susie had the same cancer "HR2 positive" diagnosed and treated simultaniously one at the MSA Hospital in Abbotsford, B.C. Canada and Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Californa. (Diagnosed in the same month and both had surgeries with Chemotherapy)
Today, I re-read the poem you sent me, I studied it again - my heart was and still is encouraged - Thankyou. I am thankful for the joy of life through Christ. Also, for the support of family, friends, pastors, and neighbors.Trully God supplies all our needs.
With Sympathy and In Christian love, Jake Willms, Chilliwack, B.C. Canada
Hello Vern........What a blessing it has been for me to read back thru all the heartfelt messages sent to you and the family from friends I have not seen in many years. It is surely a great comfort to you to realize how much Sandy was loved and appreciated. May the Lord continue to grant you peace and comfort in the months and years ahead.
Vicki (Leech) Gardner
Remembering my Grandma,
I used to have rock and seashell collection that I was super proud of. One day when I was little my grandparents were over and I gave her a seashell from my collection. i found out on mothers's day,(2013), that she kept that seashell with her almost every day for the rest of her life. To me, that seashell was just a pretty object that I wanted my grandma to have. But to her it meant something more. See this beautiful seashell, once whole, had been broken. My grandma viewed hersaelf this way. None of us viewed her this way and it makes me glad to realize that she no longer does either. The same words that Peter used to comfort the fledgling churches around the Mediterranean are the same words that brought comfort to Sandra and now to us. I Peter 5:10, "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." Jastor Epp, grandson
In Memory of Sandra Lynn Epp
The many kind and thoughtful notes, comments, prayers, and expressions to our family are cemented into our fabic of faith. The painful experience of Sandra's passing was mitigated by your love and kindness which brightened these dark days and brought us so much comfort. The message of encouragement of faith and love that binds the friendship of so many together has become so meaningful along our new journey. Thjis is woven from the strands of blessing we've received from our Father's loving hands, the needs that He's provided for the many answered prayers, and all the times He's taken on our burdens and cares. This was especially true during the last four years, the prayers and cards to brighten our days. The guiding light He's given us when everything looked dim, but there was joy He promised us if we will follow Him. The fabric of our faith grew stronger when we saw how faithful God had been to us and how deep His love must be.
A card and note from Sandra's pastor when my father died (1-1-1962), while I spent christmas with Sandra and her family written by an unknown writter was a comfort then and is more so since Sandy's passing. It is the plan of the Master Weaver.
"Our lives are but fine weavings that God and we prepare, each life becomes a fabric planned and fashioned in His care. We may not always see just how the weavings intertwine, but we must trust the Master's hand and follow His design, for He can view the patten upon the upper side, while we must look from underneath and trust in Him to guide. Sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to His plan, and though it's difficult for us, we still must understand that it's He who fills the shuttle, It's He who knows what's best, so we must weave in patience and leave the rest to Him. Not till the looom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly shall God unscroll the canvas and explain the reason why. The dark threads are as needed in the Weavers skillful hand. as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned".
Sandra, I see so many golden and silver threads used by so many friends and loved ones placed in the legacy chapter of your memory portfolio. God has so skillfully used these for reflection and crushing some of the pain, and sorrow in our family. I grieve for the love you have always shown me, your faith in God, the lost companionship, and the Faith in God that bound us together. The road ahead is of loneliness, emptiness, dark clouds, and the lack of encouragement that you so graciously extended during the 51 years of our marriage. I treasure the two portraits placed on the two mantels of our home. These were taken during the first cancer and the other during the 3rd cancer. They are lasting silent memories of your beauty that radiates from within. I visit your gravesite 90 feet from the center cross at Hillcreast Memorial Park and look to the Lord who has promised to love us, guide us, and provide for each of us every step of life's way.
Your loving Husband, Werner Epp
Tribute to my Mother,
Mom, as your only child I always thought I would say this myself when the day came. Pastor Scott Dickson offered to read this on my behalf.
Mom as you have told me when I was in your womb that you thought something wasn't quite right. Youi felt you might have a baby that might have some disabilities. When I was born you were right. God had prepared you. I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, the worse kind you could have. I am sure this was a shock to you and dad. Two healthy people, living their lives for God, why would you have to have a baby with deformaties? Thank you for seeking out the best doctors you could find. I know the 15 surgeries and recovery periods I went through as a child were probably harder on you than on me. The many, many trips to Los Angeles to see the surgeon and the fifteen years of orthodontia and speech pathology were difficult for our family, but also made us very close. I will never forget the special meals at Marie Calendar's Restaurant for soup, long before they came to Bakersfield. That was when I could only have liquids after the surgeries. You also brought me many Dewar's milkshakes. Thanks for helping Amanda with the 2 surgeries when I was an adult. Through the challenges of having surgeries alsmost every year, you challenged me to do my best in academics and later in athletics, playing football, soccer, and track. I remember after one of my surgeries which was a bone graft from my hip, I went out to football practice six weeks later. After two straight plays that I ran for touchdowns, one of my best friends tackled me with his helmet on my hip, which had just surgery. I got up and played the nest play in pain. Each of these experiences taught me perseverance. At Wesmont College you let me go on two different Europe and Middle East Trips which broadened my horizons. When I came back I wanted to go out for the track and field team and you questioned why as a junior? I later set the Westmont College Track and Field javelin record and the top ten mark in the hammer throw. Again learning perseverance. When the opportunity came to me to buy New City Cleaners from Henry and Esther Brandt, my grandparents, you encouraged me to fill their big shoes in our community. All these life lessons prepared for the challenges and ups and downs of running a small business. Thank you for the encouragement. In some small way, hopefully, I can encourage people, no matter what obstacles or disabilities they have, that with hard work and perseverance you can succeed in anything you desire.
The irony to me is that the suffering and challenges you went through for 20 plus years pale in comparison to what i went through. When you were first diagnosed with your first cancer in 1993, Amanda and I hadn't started our family yet. We decided to start our family and Jaston was born the next year. You saw your first grandchild, a boy to continue on the Epp family name. You had an influence on his life. In subsequest years Jarrett, another boy and Alexa, your first granddaughter was born. Jenner was born on Father's Day 2002. He and I made the evening news. You contracted two more cancers that were unrelated and beat them. You were a part of your grandchildren's lives, from school performances, birthdays, and holidays. Ainsley came along later, a surprise to all of us and she became the outspoken leader of the family. She is now 7 years old and mom you had a tremendous godly influence on all of them. I will always cherish the special lunches we had together the last months. I realy was happy to bring you the Jamba Juice drinks and the Dewar's milkshakes for your only liquid diet the last few weeks as an ironic twist to what you had done for me as child. I knew it broke your heart to leave this world without seeing your grandchildren's weddings and babies. But I think God had a reason for taking you when He did. Hopefuylly, anybody and everybody that have heard your life's story will be touched. This is hard on your family, especially dad, who you spent 51 years with. He will miss you greatly, as will we. I am thankful you are out of pain. Throughout all these years you have not complained to me. I know this last cancer was the worst and was the worst and was the one out of the four unrelated cancers you didn't beat. It was more of a discomfort to you than the other. You are one of the toughest people I know. I ran across this quote during you most recent illness. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain." My mom, Sandra Epp learned to dance in the rain. Thank you for that from me and Amanda and Jaston, Jarrett, Alexa, Jenner and Ainsley.
With my love, her son, Jarrell Lorin Epp
Tribute to Sandra Lynn Epp,
Over the years I have had such admiration for Sandra. I admired her faith, how with each hurdle she faced, her faith grew stronger. She knew her odds of beating the dreadful cancer were not great. Repeatedly, I heard her say, "The Lord is in charge," always remaining positive through it all. I admired her love for family. When her parents, Esther and Henry Brandt, were having physical difficulties, she remained so faithful, caring for them so delicately. And, then that beautiful smile, I won't forget it. And ladies, wasn't she the classiest of all?
So, for now, dear heart, we say farewell to you. Thank you, Sandra, for the example you set for us, for the love that you had for us.
A special friend, Bonnie VanVoorhis.
A TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDMA,
I never knew my grandma as a teacher she was most of her life, but she never stopped teaching me about how to live life. She was a great model of what quiet, humble, and virtuous living is in my life. she continually reminded me and my siblings of the im,portance of building relationships and always be available for those around you. The legacy that she leaves behind for me will be that optimism and joy that is found when you are surrounded by friends, family, and your church.
My siblings and I know many of you were always impressed as well, by how optimistic Sandra always was no matter what came up in life. We should always use others as models of character and my grandma is one of those special people which I will always try to live up to. My grandma went though a fight that I can barely imagine and pushes back the boundaries of what the Psalmist said, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Optimism and the focusing on caring for others is the clearest example of Christ's love that we will ever see.
In loving memory of, my grandma, Sandra Lynn Epp. Jaston Epp, Grandson
As the pastor who officiated the service for Sandy, it certainly was a bittersweet. It is always hard for me to say good-bye to someone I admire and respect as much as I did Sandy. Her strength and courage as she battled cancer for so many years has left a legacy for all of us to follow. But, even more, it is her deep Christian faith that stood out to me. Her faith in Jesus allowed her to show vast amounts of God's grace in and through her physical struggles. She constantly took the focus off of herself and gave glory to God. Her faith also encouraged me that even though we loose loved ones on this side of heaven, and that is a very painful thing, that pain is mitigated by the fact that we are resurrected together with our loved one on the other side of heaven... all because of what Jesus has done for us. This gives me the certain hope that Werner, I, and others who trust in Jesus will one day be reunited in God's heavenly kingdom. It certainly soothes my aching heart. Thank you God for a person such as Sandy that points me (us) to what is truly important and good about life... that death itself does not have the final word, God does! Galatians 2:20 God's peace and blessings be with you Werner and family!
Werner and Sandra graciously welcomed me as a new member of our First Presbyterian Church small group. The time I knew Sandra was all too short before God called her to our heavenly home. Two attributes come to mind when I think of Sandra...her faith and her courage. There is no written guide as to how to navigate disease and impending defeat; however, Sandra displayed great fortitude and set the bar high for the rest of us. God be with you Werner as I know your sweet wife rests with Him.
Sometimes the many things our voices can't find the words to say, our hearts can feel and understand.
Thinking of you, caring about you, and wishing there were words to express the sympathy and love that goes out to you today.
We're so glad to have known you and Sandy and the blessings we remember because of your caring for other and giving to the schools that have served so many with Love of Jesus.
Thank you for sharing sandy with us and for taking such good care of her.
Bob and Barbara Petker.
Werner and family,
A donation for the Westminster Choir in memory of Sandra Epp, a long time dear friend (Westmont College Roommate (1958-60). In His name, with memories and prayers for the family.
Mary Witter. Laguna Niguel, Ca.
May you sense the Lord's loving presence today,
Keeping you close to His heart, Assuring you of His tender care,
and covering you with His grace.
"Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord".
I Timothy 1:2
With thoughts and Prayers,
Marvin and Nadene Steinert.
Dr. Werner Epp,
Some People Make a Difference.A message of sympathy by Emily Matthews.
Some people make a difference just by being who they are,
Their inner light shines bright and touches lives both near and far,
And even when they're gone, they still forever play a part in the smiles,
the priceless moments, that are treasured in the heart.
In memory and in celebration of someone who made this world a brighter and better place. With warmest thoughts and deepest sympathy - We're thinking of you and the memories you shared will forever be a part of your life. We will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Cheryl and Dr. Hugh McGowan.
This comes to you with sympathy especially to say that caring thoughts are there with you today, and may it somehow be a help and comfort just to know how often you'll be thought of through the days that come and go.
We had heard with great sadness that Sandy lost her battle with cancer. How very sorry we are. Although we were never at Tabor with her, she was always very friendly and gratious. Your loss is great.
Keeping you close in thought and prayers, Dr. Al and Dotty Warkentine
Dr. Werner Epp,
As you go through life's greatest sorrow - the loss of someone you love - may your own faith in God sustain you, bringing you comfort today, courage for tomorrow, and hope in your heart always.
"Blessed is he whose hope is in the Lord his God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them - who remains faithful forever". Psalm 146:5,6.
With Deepest Sympathy and Prayers,
Warmly, Mary and Milt Woken.
A life well lived is a life remembered with love.Someone who meant so much will live on in so many loving memories.
George and Carol Isaak.
Our hearts and love are with you.
Betty and Elvin Goertzen,
The Epp Family,
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. With Sympathy, Judy Scherer.
Werner Epp and Family,
Heartfelt thoughts go out to you in this time of sorrow too deep for words.
Yours in Christ, Pearl and Bob Rosch.
To comfort you on the Loss of someone you loved.
May each tear that falls be a gentle reminder that you and your loved one meant so much to each other, and that no loss or sorrow, time or distance can ever take that away.
With deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers always. John Gilbrath.
Werner Epp and Family,
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light". Helen Keller.
Just to let you know - you are not alone. God be with you. I will miss Sandy. Thinking of you, Sally Kolb.
Dear Werner and Family,
Thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. May the memories you've shared provide peace and joy to replace the sadness you're all feeling at this difficult time.
With Sympathy and with assurance we will see our loved one again.
With much love, Maria Haag.
The Epp Family,
"My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest".E.xodus 33:14.
Praying you'll feel the presence of the Lord today and that you'll draw strength and hope as you trust Him to be your comfort.
With Thoughts and Prayers, and with deepest Sympathy,
Vera Hofer, Fresno, Ca
Benny and Henrietta Willems, Fresno, Ca
Werner Epp and Family,
While Sandra is experiencing "joys unspeakable" our hearts go out to you and the pain you're feeling now.
We're praying the Lord will surround you with His peace beyond understanding and His comforting arms to strengthen you.
With Heartfelt Sympathy,
Jim Brandt and Mary Beshears.
With deepest Sympathy, Werner, in your loss. Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, still, may you find some comfort in the thought that others care.
I'm so sorry to have missed the Memorial Service for Sandra. My only excuse is that I do not get around well anymore, but a friend told me about it, so I was in prayer for you and your family many times.
God Bless You!
A Heritage Bible Church friend,
Love in Jesus Name, Elaine Rooke.
The watching, the waiting, the hanging on and letting go. It's been a long and difficult journey. And now a new one begins.
Please remember you're on this road alone. Others are thinking of you and wishing you comfort and peace in the days to come.
You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Ernie and Joellyn Schroeder
Dear Vern and Family,
Sharing your sorrow and wishing you peace. With deepest sympathy, many thoughts and prayers -
Sharon Sundstrom Giboney
Grace and Peace to you in this time of sadness.
Wishing you peace in the love of your family, strength in the caring of your friends, and hope in the comforting closeness of your Lord.
I was so sorry to learn of Sandra's death. May God comfort you and your family.
With sincere Sympathy and Prayer,
We were saddened to learn of Sandra's passing. She will forever be in our memory as kind and compassionate friend.
Gilbert and Ramona Gia
Dear Werner and Jarrell,
There is little one can say at a time like this.
Know that you are in my thoughts and Prayers.
With heartfelt thoughts. Thinking of you during this difficult time and hoping you find strength and comfort knowing that others care.
You were such a beautiful support and caregiver for Sandy. God will honor you for all your love.
May God bless you and your family as you go through the next difficult days and months.
Betty and Trent Jones.
I am very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace at this time of sorrow.
My thoughts and prayes are with you and your family.
Marc A. Thurston.
Remembering your wife - Hers is a life to be celebrated. Celebrated for who she was and how she lived. For the dreams she followed and the gifts she shared. For the relationships she nurtured and the people she loved.
Everything that made her the love of your life will live on in your heart to keep her close to you.
With caring thoughts of sympathy, Sharon Leff.
Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Bob and Carol Amble
The peace of God passes understanding. "May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way." II Thessalonians 3:16.
There is a quietness within the heart that can't be put into words-it's the fruit of 'trusting' completely and 'resting' faithfully in every promise He has made.
Praying you feel nestled in the promise of His peace today.
Randy and Delores Steinert
Dear Werner, I am so sorry to have missed Sandy's celebration of life. I truly liked Sandy. Her bubbly laugh always brought a smile to my face. I hadn't realized she had such a distinguished pedigree in the teaching profession. She was a lady to be proud of. I will miss her most in choir because that space just in front of me will be empty, but I believe her spirit will be present. She was a shinning example of how to endure cancer and quite a fighter. We do rejoice knowing her suffering is over and she is whole and radiant in heaven. She leaves a big void for us who knew her in this world.
My prayers now are for you and your family - that you will have peace and will rest in the arms of Jesus for the comfort only He can supply. Judy Mossman.
Dear Werner & Family, Hoping Prayers might ease your sorrow. So sorry for the pain that you bear and the loss that you're feeling right now. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Joe and Marie Mays.
A Prayer of Deepest Sympathy. May your faith sustain you and may love and prayers of those who care comfort you.
Please know our prayers are with you. Sandy was such a precious Lady.
Love in our Lord, Morris and Shirley Nord.
May your days be touched by the joy she brought, your heart comforted by every moment you spent together, and your soul lifted by the goodness and love you'll always know because of her. "Those who have memories to cherish have love forever"
With Sympathy at this sad time,
Mayor Harvey Hall, City of Bakersfield, Ca.
Dear Werner - may you find comfort in God's unchanging Word and in His steadfast love. Our Prayers are with you. "May your unfailing love be my comfort" Psalm 119:76.
Dick and Cathy Ferris
Those we love remain with us, for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on within our heart.
So sorry to hear of your dear sweet Sandras passing. With Sincere Sympathy. God Bless You, Jan Iverson
Dear Uncle Vern, Jarrell & Amanda, & Family,
May you find peace in the thought that Sandy is in a more beautiful place.
When it's time to travel there, I think I'll wear a smile, I'll say good-bye to those I love, but only for a while. We know there are others who have traveled there alone, Who cannot wait to greet us and whisper "welcome home."
With Deepest Sympathy and Love,
Ruth & Paul ,Synde & Steve, Tarasenko, Abbotsford, B.C. Canada.
Janet, Alex, Marina, and Carly Friesen, Sunnyvale, Ca.
Karen Lenzmann, Abottsford, B.C. Canada.
So for as long as you grieve may it be a comfort to remember this: The more you need Him, the closer He will be. Jesus hears the prayer of your heart just as clearly as He hears the prayers others are lifting up for you.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted". Matthew 5:4.
The Westminster Choir expressed their condolences through the two selections so fitting for a 'celebration with dignity' namely, "The Majesty and Glory of Your Name" and "Joy in the Morning". "The Lords Prayer" sung by Cassie Jue all were favorites and requested by Sandra.
The music created that thoughtful and reflective tone, becoming an intregral part of the service.
Sandra's robe draped over a chair at the altar was so fitting of her departure into the Lords outstreched arms.
With Sympathy in your Loss. Friends of the Westmister Choir: Roger and Helen Hess; Bill and Judy Watkins; Phillip Provencio; Jeanne Burdick; Joan and Ed Western; Kathy Honegger; Greg Honegger; Linda Provencio; Leslie J. Roberts; Bob and Barbara Petker; Glen Dunbach; Bernadine Manuel; Barbara Adams; Pearl Rosch; Milt Woken; Merrill Lehman; Delani Bair; George Wise; Meg Wise,(Organist); Tori Provencio; Elizabeth Provencio; Debra Nystrom; Mel Khachigian; Wally Pitchford; Cassie Jue,(who sang the Lord's prayer); Wendell Kinney (emeritus); and Dr. Robert Provencio, Director.
May God's loving hand help heal your sorrow and touch your heart with the peace only He can give. With deep sympathy. Prayerfully and lovingly,
Mark and Bonnie Van Voorhis
Your Dear Wife was loved and respected by all who know her and they are grieving her passing.
May your heart find comfort in knowing that others care and in your sorrow wish to share. With deepest sympathy and with love and prayers may God comfort you.
With love and hugs ,
Martha and Dietrich Braun. Abbotsford, B.C. Canada.
Dear Werner and family,
May you find peace in memories and comfort in the love of friends and family, and our Lord God. "Whereever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories".
We love you,
Merrill and Adele Lehman. Shafter, Ca.
Sending thoughts of peace and strength to ease your sorrow and lift your spirit. Somewhere deep within the heart is a place where we connect with all that is divine and eternal.
May God Bless you and give you peace.
Mike and Nancy Yama.
We were so sorry to hear about Sandra. May you find peace in knowing she is with our Lord now. Sharing a prayer
"Lord, You care about every detail in our lives, You know how many hairs are on our heads and how many cares are in our hearts. Give peace,renew strength, restore hope, and guide the way to better, brighter days ahead'. You are on our heart and in our prayers. Lamentations 3:22,23.
Greg and Laurie Bowers.
Dear Verne and family,
I'm certainly thinking of you. I can't forget my grief when I lost Roger. Your in my prayers. Thoughts of you are never far from my mind. I care for you at this time.
Barbara Friesen Reedley, Ca
We are so sorry for your loss. Sandra was a talented special person who will be missed by many. Extending deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow.
In His love, Judy and & Bob Wert
The Heart speaks when words cannot.
Vern, I am so sorry we were out of State when Sandy passed away.
You lost a truly wonderful caring lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Drew Lynn and Lindel Smith
Her Journey's just begun. Don't think of her as gone away - just think of her as resting. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. Think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched - for nothing loved is ever lost - when she was loved so much.
The memorial service for Sandy was beautiful! May God Bless you and comfort this sad time. with our sympathy Gary and Linda Crabtree
Keeping you close in thought. This comes to you with sympathy especially to say so many warm and caring thoughts are there with you today and how often you'll be thought of through the days that come and go. Our prayers are with you - Tom and Bev Schatzel Los Gatos, California.
Asking God to bless you with courage to bear the sorrow you feel. A prayer for you and thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
Kate and Bob Himes. (Former Choir member)
So sorry about your Sandy.
I appreciate my many years of knowing her. A wonderful and sweet person. I remember these qualities when we were kids in High School. The Memorial Service was so fitting to her also. God bless you and yours.
With sincere sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.
Jerry and Lane Karr, Bakersfield, Ca
I wish that I should done something more than singing afterward. When I ran into her "vons" market in last May, she looked so delighted with sweet smile all over her face, even though she had numbness on her feet & hands.
How could I know that will be the last time. Sometime I don't understand my God why he chose the nicest lady like Sandy go through so many years of battle with that terrible sickness. It is hard to understand.
Werner, please take care of yourself and come back to sing in the choir, Sandy would like that.
Sincerely, Cassie Jue.
Dear Werner and Family,
Just wanted you to know how very sorry and sad we are. Sandy was such a special lady and we will miss her. Werner, you are such a didicated and loving husband, caring for her so very patiently during all of her illnesses.
We pray God will give you His peace! and hoping that His love will comfort you during this sad time. Our love, David and Bonnie Winders.
So many precious memories through the past 55 years. Truly, "Friends are friends forever. . ." as the songwriter so appropriately stated.
Jesus hears our prayers of your heart just as clearly as He hears the prayers others are lifting up for you.
So for as long as you grieve, may it be a comfort to remember this: The more you need Him, the closer He will be. Our thoughts and prayers go with you as you travel this time in your life. (Westmont roommate 1958-59) Our love, Alice and Ev Hermanson, Beaumont, Ca.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted". Matthew 5:4.
With caring sympathy and precious memories bring comfort to your time of loss and may it lift your heart to know that we share your sorrow. Sending you lots of love. Donavan and Patti Ropp
Not until the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly, will God unroll the pattern and Explain the reason why the dark threads are as needful in the weavers skillful hand as the threads of gold and silver for the pattern which is planned. (author unknown)
Dear Mr. Epp,
You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the death of your wife, Sandra Lynn Epp.
May God's peace and strength be with you and your family.
In Sympathy, Perlito Ascencion, Chaplain Dignity Health Memorial Hospital, Bakersfield, Ca.
Dear Werner and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. It was certainly an honor and joy to get to know and serve Sandra and your family, even if only briefly. Your steadfast care for her and support for her were quite apparent in ways you helped, supported and planned for her. I know she deeply appreciated all you offered her. Please take the best of care of yourself - I wish you strength and healing. with warmth and sympathy.
Sherie Davis, LCSW.
May you be blessed with peace and healing. Clay Napier, Chaplain.
Sandra was such a joy to take care of, always with a smile. My thoughts are with you. Cara Carl,R.N.
Lou Mendez, R.N.
Susan White,R.N. Julie Hirsch,R.N.
Dear Mr. Epp and all Sandra's loving family,
We are sending you our deepest sympathy for your sad loss.
The Palliative Care Consultation Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
We were out of State when we got word of Sanra's death and only returned on the 14th of July. So sorry we were unable to attend her memorial service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your wonderful wife will be greatly missed.
Praying God will show you His love through caring friends, comforting memories, and moments of peace. Praying He will give you whatever your heart needs most right now.
"I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you". John 14:18
Love Richard and Pat Unruh. Fresno, Ca.
May God give you the strength and courage to get through this very difficult time. And may you find comfort in knowing He has welcomed Sandy with open arms. With Sincere Condolences, Charlie Knight & family.
Many thoughts of sympathy go our today, and many hearts are caring in a warm and loving way.
Fond memories linger of the years Sandra mentored me at Pioneer Drive School. She continues to be very special.
Peace to all of you. Marion Harlan.
Please receive my heartfelt condolences upon the loss of your wife Sandra. This time of loss can be so difficult. Yet, it is exatly at times like this where we learn to lean so heavily on Jesus. Many people, including myself, are praying for you and I trust you have felt the inner peace of God's Spirit. He will sustain you and give you His grace to walk through this time.
If there is anything else I can do to assist you at this time, please don't hsitate to contact me.
In Christ, Jeff, Pastor Jeff. First Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield, Ca
Dear Vern and Family, There are no words to take away sadness when you lose someone you love. We wish you strength and comfort in the days ahead. We are so sorry about Sandy. What a beautiful person she was, and she will remain in your hearts forever. Our hearts are with you.
Harvey and Louise Wall. Clayton, California.
Dear Mr. Epp,
We are sorry to hear of your wife's passing, but glad to know she is in the arms of her Savior. Thank you for including California School Project (CSP) as one of the ministries to give to at Sandra's service.
We are glad to have Jaston on the team and are grateful for your support. May God bless you with peace during this season of grieving and looking to Heaven. Laura Flemming and CSP
Dr. Werner Epp and Family,
This was no ordinary life. This was a life well-lived and well-loved, a life that will be deeply missed. It's sad to think you've lost someone so special, and though I can't know all you're going through, I want to tell you that I care and am thinking of you. Sincerely, Jean Gillian
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for friends to comfort you, Faith to uphold you, and Loving memories to carry you through. Fondly, Marilyn & Marvin Richert
May your faith bring you comfort - for God is always with you, always watching over you, and always loving you. We too will miss Sandy's smile and sweet disposition. Indeed she was a jewel. We share your loss. With Sympathy, Frank and Arlana St. Clair.
George and I want you to know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers daily. We pray for your comfort, peace and rest as you deal with your loss. Sandy was a very special friend to us and we grieve along with you and the family. Sandy was one of the most beautiful people we have ever known. She will be missed tremendously. It was an honor and priviledge for me to provide music at the service.
We are here for you, along with many others who loved and will miss Sandy. Sincerely, Meg and George Wise Shafter, California (Organist - First Presbyterian Church)
Remembering with you - a person who was, and will always be, a treasure to us.
Sandy was one of my roommates at Westmont (1958-59). I will remember her with fond memories. Ann and Dr. Lorrin Garson. Vienna, VA
Dear Dr. Epp - Sandy was always a shining light and reflection of her faith. She will continue to be a light to me. I know where she is and I will be with her.
God gave me a dream that I was in heaven, dancing. The ballroom was filled with Christians - men and women in formal clothes.
I was looking around the croud for the people I had prayed for but didn't know if they had become Christians. And every one of them was there. And my heart was excited with joy and God's promised Failthfulness.
I have such sweet memories of Sandy - it will always lift my heart to think of her with love. Marge Lindsey.
We are so grateful to have known Sandra. She was a precious friend, a courageous person who loved her family and friends. Every time we eat at Cosco, we well remember our last visit with her - full of hope and smiles. God bless you all, with deepest sympathy - John and Sharon Scoggins. Ps.116:15
Dear Werner & Family,
We are so sorry about your loss of Sandra. What a trouper she was and how bravely she faced her long illness. We can only imagine how hard it has been for both of you. I am speaking for the Clippers and myself to let you know you are in our prayers. May the Lord give you strength, rest, peace, and acceptance in the days ahead. With Sympathy and Love. For myself and the Clippers. Ruth Kranovich. First Presbyterian Church Bakersfield, Ca.
I find-recall-many pleasant memories from knowing you both through the years. We pray that God will comfort you and your family. You are - and have been a valued friend through the years. I pray for you and your family comfort and assurances in a life of reward and continuing Faith in God who is Love for us all. Sincerely, Dr. Herb and Ella Penner. Reedley, Calif.
We were sorry to hear that Sandy finally succumbed to her cancer. Her suffering is now over and you can remember the wonderful times you had with her and the children. with love, Ida May and Lowell Hiebert. Fresno, Ca
Uncle Vern, Words are never enough at a time like this, but please know that caring thoughts are with you. May God's loving presence comfort you.
His perfect peace restore you and His promise of eternal life sustain you during this time of loss. May you be touched by the healing power of prayer, feel the warmth of those who love you, and realize you have the courage to carry on. Our thoughts and prayers are with, in deepest sympathy. You are so loved.
Jerry, Kelly, Taylor and Megan Pauls.
Chilliwack, B.C. Canada.
Sandra was a long-time friend dating back to our childhood years. she will be remembered as a sweet-natured and living human being. May God's loving hand help heal your sorrow and touch your heart with peace only He can give. She will be missed! with deepest sympathy - our prayers are with you. Arveda and Stan Buller.
Dear Werner, The Celebration of Life for Sandy was wonderful. She was always so special to me in pRAYER cORPS. I loved her calm, peaceful, attitude in the midst of the strom and her precious smile that radiated the love of the Lord. I do so pray that the Lord will touch you and your family with His loving touch. May the Lord comfort you and your precious family.
Love and Blessings, Jan and Tom Lockhard
Sandra was a priceless jewel: to her family, her community, and beyond and to our God. Halleluja for her example of how to live and give for the Lord. dear ones you are in our thoughts,our hearts and our prayers. May you find comfort: for God is present to walk with you through this difficult time of loss; may you find peace for God is present to care for your deepest need; and may you find hope, for God is present to assure you of His guidance in the days ahead. "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest" Exodus 33:14 with Love, the Harriger Family.
Dear Werner, Jarrell, Amanda, & beloved Grand Children. Sandra was an Angel on Earth and an Angel in Heaven. On Earth - She Inspired, Created, encouraged, Taught, Sung, Loved, Graced, and much more. I'm so thankful to have been in her "company" any time. My Husband Dennis and I were blessed by her and you Werner. We thank God for our friendship. Now there are many fond memories (Often). With Prayers for God's sustaining Power.
With Love and Friendship, Gerrie Wetherholm.
Werner, What a Beautiful and Touching Tribute was the Memorial service for your dearest Sandra. I so wish I had known her better, such a sweet and courageous Lady. I have shared your Grandson's story of Sandy cherishing the broken shell he had given her as a symbol of our brokenness, with my family. You must have been so proud of him.
In the Love of God may you find strength and peace. In the prayers of friends, may you find comfort and love. With sympathy for your loss, Marilyn and Pete Jakoviich
Uncle Verne, I'm so sorry to hear that Aunt Sandy had passed away. What a sweet,kind and gentle spirit she was. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you, Debbie Hendricks. West Kelowna B.C. Canada
Dear Werner, Jarrell Amanda and family. I deeply miss Sandra. WE grew up together and have many childhood memories. Even though time would pass and we would not see each other, we would re-connect as if we had seen each other yesterday. Sandra was so gentle, loving and caring. Praying God's love and comfort for each of you.
God Bless..... George and Carol Isaak
I will remember Sandra for her beautiful smile and her warm personality. We first met through Delta Kappa Gama, but it was always a thrill to visit wherever we were: the museum, restaurants, theater. The Memories will live on. Linda and Vince Rojas.
Sandra not only possessed physical beauty, but she was beautiful in heart and spirit. I was shocked to hear of your loss Please know how sorry I am . God bless you, Billie Jo Meddders
Dear Werner, Jarrell, Amanda, and Family,Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you in the loss of Sandy. She truly was a beautiful woman inside as well as out & we know she was met by our Lord with out-streched welcoming arms. Your tribute to sandy in the paper is wonderful & have sent it to Ken & Sally Brown& mailed to several of our classmates that live out of town and &state. We're grateful for the years we were neighbors and particular for seeing you and Sandy in the parking lot at Von's on Stockdale. She's been in my prayers since.
With loving thoughts and memories, Denny and Carmen Needham.
Catherine and I just wanted to let you know what a blessing the memorial service for Sandy was to us. The personal stories of those who spoke, the choir, and the highlights of Sandy's life, a life well-lived. were a great tribute to her and you. Thanks to you and Sandy for all you have done. She was a wonderful and blessed woman. We will miss her, but will be with her soon.
In Him, Catherine and Grover Waldon
We were saddened to learn of Sandy's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Memories flooded back of our growing years in the Bakersfield Church-fun memories! Lovingly, Elaine and David Karber. Long Beach, Ca
May the concern and sympathy of those who care help you through this difficult time. Thinking of you and remembering Sandra fondly. We will miss her. Sincerely, 6C Oncology Cottage Hospital Santa Barbara Nurses and Staff.
We were so sorry to hear of Sandras passing. She had such a long struggle. I have good memories of our family gatherings in Bakersfield. How us kids would tease grandpa Wiens. We would all weigh ourselves before and after our thanksgiving dinner. We wanted to come to the memorial - but Hank doesn't drive long distances with one eye. We have been praying for you -to have a special comfort. Love Hank and Jeanette Nickel. Fresno, Ca
I was so sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. I will always remember her beautiful smile and sunny disposition. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. My sincere love, Michele Maples
We have always treasured our long friendship with the two of you and so glad we have kept in touch through the years. Sandy always has been one of our favorite people. I've always felt so fortunate that I could share so many things - lots opf joys and a few complaints along the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Jan and Dave Bastin. Orange, California
We're praising the Lord forthevictory for Sandra, no more suffering. What a gracious and sweet woman she was. We will miss her. We will pray for you and your family. Lovingly - Stan and Darlene Huebert. Reedley,California
A note from fellow members of the First Presbyterian Church Covenant Group with Werner and Sandy Epp.
Sandy had a great smile and a pleasant, friendly personality and it was fun to be with her and Werner at Church or a monthly Covent Group meeting.
We are both missing her.
Bette and Rich Eckerman
Sandra was a very special cousin of mine. In fact I often kiddingly say she was my first wife, because when we were about 8 or 9 years old we performed a make-believe wedding ceremony. She was the bride and I was the groom. The preacher was played by Carol Bartel Isaak. (another cousin) What great memories!
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Sandy for very long, but I have one particular memory that stands out. I remember Sandy proudly showing me a large carrybag where one side had the smiling faces of all her grandchildren. I could see that, in addition to her wonderful husband and son, the picture of her grandchildren brought her comfort and joy especially at times when they could not be with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Stan and I want you to know just how special Sandy was to us, and how much she is missed. You and sandy were so welcoming to us when we first joined First Pres; in fact, you were our first new friends. It was such fun having new friends to visit with after church. I always felt that she and I had a special friendship, even though it wasn't long. She was a loving,kind,brave Christian lady. Our love and sympathy, Stan and Fay Cook.
Verne I can't tell you how often I have thought about you and Sandy. The service for her was just beautiful and really brought out how kind and wonderful Sandy was. I feel so lucky to have known her and worked with her. There are really few people on earth that have all her fine qualities. I know your lovely family will never be the same without her but I hope her memory will some how keep you going. All my love, Diane Adame.
Sandy was such a special and dear friend. We will always remember Sunday lunch with our choir family and those Wednesday night dinners at IHOP! Werner you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We rejoice knowing Sandy is with our Heavenly Father and one day we will all be together again.
My memories of my cousin, Sandy, go back to our childhood and family gatherings. Our Brandt family was a big group when we got together as children, and we always had a great time together. One special memory is of my family going camping in Sequoia with their family. We spent a week at Pinewood Shelter Camp enjoying the beautiful outdoors and each others' company. As adults, we didn't see one another as often, but the times we did were enjoyable hearing about Sandy's family, especially her grandchildren. She was such a proud grandmother! She set a wonderful example of persevering in difficult circumstances and remaining positive when news of her health was not good. I look forward to seeing her again, sharing the joys of heaven.
Sandy---not only a remarkable teacher in the classroom, but a remarkable teacher to those who were fortunate enough to be called a friend. She gave all she had to God, her faith, her family, and her friends. She taught us about courage, bravery, how to smile through tears, laugh like a child, and put things in God's hands and trust Him to take care of everything. We feel blessed to have been a part of her life and we know we will see her again.
We loved you, Sandy.
Sandra was a younger cousin. She was always faithful coming to family get togethers. She will be missed.
Lorraine Brandt, Reedley, California
Sandy - A very classy and dignified lady, in life and in death.
Sandy was a beautiful and lovely lady. She had a genuine smile and kind words for everyone she met. She was always positive and brave in her long battle with cancer, never complaining. Always concerned for others.
Even though Sandy dressed with class and not a hair out of place, she never looked down on anyone. She took the time to know you, to make you feel special. She was a very gracious woman.
Sandy's love for her family shone in her eyes. She had so many stories and a strong and meaningful relationship with each of them. Her love for her Lord and Savior was evident in her daily life.
Sandy's love for life will be remembered as she taught us to be brave and courageous throughout her illness. Her life showed that happiness is a choice, and she made it long ago.
Our heart is with you.
A beautiful countenance; a quiet dignity; genuine faith; an inspiration to me when calling on her at Santa Barbara Cottage hospital; the words of Is. 43:1 are a sure and certain promise; the Lord Jesus was her Savior and still is. Lasting peace; enduring comfort, and a lively hope to her husband and family. Jim Schmidt, Chaplain
Sandy was such a special, beautiful person. She lifted all of us with her courage and consistent optimism. Her faith was so evident. I miss her very much and feel that I was truly blessed to be a friend and look forward to being with her again
Werner, we are here for you. Jeanne Burdick
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I'm going to miss Sandra coming with you on your visits to the apartments every month. I greatly enjoyed talking with her. She was always so kind.
July 30, 2013.
Sandy was a special, gracious and kind sister-in-law whom we loved very much. We shared a common interest in the teaching profession. During her illness she remained positive and was an inspiration to us. Verne and Jarrell and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We pray daily that God will be your comfort. Psalm 121.
John & Erna Lenzmann, Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandy was special in so many ways it is difficult to say which one was the most outstanding. They all were. I will miss the chats I had with her at The Double Tree when we were there at the same time. I remember the good times we had in Israel together. We had the same heart for the history there and what it meant to our lives.
She had class. She stood out in a group. Werner please call when you need us. Charlotte Peacock Crum
Sandy was such a lovely and graceful person who we got to know at Tabor College. We immediately sensed that she was an especially gifted, considerate, and conscientious person. Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to continue our relationship with you Verne and Sandy after you moved to California. However, we greatly enjoyed our brief visit at Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame celebration in 2008. We are so sorry for your and your family's great loss. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you, Verne.
I am so sorry for your loss Werner. I will miss her strength, grace and beauty Sandra would bring always with her visits. You and your family will be in my prayers
I feel so blessed to have known and worked with Sandra through the Westminster Choir for more than 20 years. She had such a positive and courageous spirit. During the multiple health battles she suffered during those years she was ever bright and encouraging to others.
Marge and I remember fondly our many phone visits with Sandy - usually on a Sunday night. She possessed such a positive attitude which gave us encouragement for her well-being. Sharing stories about the grand kids was where most conversations ended. Sandy was a caring, giving and thoughtful kid sister. She is missed. Our hope is for God's grace to be a daily companion to Verne, Jarrell and his family.
Gary & Marge Brandt, Norwalk, CT
"Sandra was a delightful sister-in-law. We loved her dearly! The times we spent being together, remain precious memories of a person dedicated to carrying out the "Great Commission" taught and inspired by Jesus Christ our Saviour. We will miss her! Werner, may God be your comfort.
Walter & Selma Epp -- Edmonton, AB.
Sandy was a ray of sunshine even to the very end. Her folks were an example to me , as was Sandy, of what a Christian should be. I was lucky to have known her. Thanks for sharing her with us, Werner.
So sorry for your loss Werner. It was a privilege to know both you and your wife. Paul and Denice Mettle
Sandy was a wonderful and caring person. She was always so positive, kind and encouraging to others. I will miss her.
So very sad to read of Sandy's passing. What an absolutely lovely lady she was. We both recall time spent enjoying her company at 1st Pres.
Vicki (Leech) Gardner and George Gardner
San Bruno, CA
We recently finished a sermon series on The Fruits of the Spirit. Sandra was a perfect example of someone who radiated all of those fruits. I admired her greatly. She was always positive. Even as she struggled with her own illness, she never failed to ask about our little granddaughter that she had prayed for when she was so ill. I always loved running into her at any children's store. She would tell me about each of her grandchildren and the one that she happened to be shopping for that was soon to arrive. And she listened while I told her about mine. We also had teaching as a common interest. We often discussed kindergarten. I was never lucky enough to be in her classroom but I am certain she was one of the best! I will miss seeing her at church. What an empty place she leaves.
Our prayers continue for the family.
John and Mary Ann Rodgers
Mrs. Epp was the kindergarten teacher for three of my four children. I volunteered in her classroom more and more with each child until the last one, when I was there full time.
She was a gentle woman with a gentle spirit; a true lady who loved children.
Our prayers of peace and comfort are with her family.
Mrs. Epp was such a wonderful teacher. I never had the pleasure to be her student but my sisters and brother did. She was an amazing and strong woman.
Peggy and I knew Sandy many years ago at the Bakersfield Church of the Mennonite Brethren. Having left Bakersfield in 1977, I still check the Bakersfield.com obits from time to time. Today I saw the information about Sandra's death. We are grateful that she is now in the presence of Christ, who is her savior.
We are asking the Lord to comfort Verne and other family members in this time of sorrow. Our friendship with the Epps goes back many years. For the believer, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
I taught kindergarten with Sandy for 9 years at Pioneer Drive School. Everything she did was first class. She was always kind, ready to share, ready to help. We always joked that if one of us couldn't make it in to teach and our lesson plans weren't ready, we would cover for each other. I just loved working with her.
My prayers are with you through these difficult days.
Sandy truly was a lovely lady. I have many great memories of spending time and activities together with Sandy and her family as our sons grew up together as best friends and buddies. She will be severely missed by her family and friends.
Sandy' was an inspirational teacher. She cared for and loved a generation of students. Her legacy lives on through her students. We will miss you Sandy!
I am so sad that Sandy is gone. I taught with her at Pioneer Drive Elemantary for 11 years. She was my son Joshua's kindergarten teacher, and a very special person and I know she will be missed by hundreds and hundreds of people she taught.
I have so many wonderful memories of Sandy. She took me under her wing and taught me everything she knew about teaching. I remember when she retired and had gotten the last of her things out of our room. I got teary eyed as I watched her drive away. It wasn't until the next year, without her, that I realized how much she had truly done for me. I will miss her but I know that she is with The Lord and I will see her again one day. My prayer is for comfort and peace for the family that goes on without her.