Sandra (Doutt) Coulombe, of Manchester and Port St. Lucie, Fla., went home to heaven on April 14, 2013, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with her beloved husband, Robert Coulombe, by her side.
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She was born on Sept. 16, 1936, in Tarentum, Pa., daughter of the late E. Melvin Doutt Jr. and Florence M. Doutt. Besides her husband, Robert (Bob) Coulombe, she is survived by her daughters, Lisa Carter (Thomas) of Stafford, Lana Lundell (James Zadrosny) of Tolland, Patti Ann Lundell of Manchester; and her stepdaughters, Michelle Bidwell (Bob) of Willington, Melanie Karpinski (Doug Johnson) of Coventry, Marlaine Martin of Willimantic, and Melissa Carone of Manchester; and 14 grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her former husband, Howard D. Lundell.
Sandra was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester. She was a graduate of Manchester High School, Class of 1954, and was Miss Manchester in 1958. She studied her passion for painting and illustrating at Ringland School of Art in Sarasota, Fla. Before retiring, she worked as a graphic artist for Travelers, Sterling Printery, and UTRC of East Hartford. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi for 50 years, and a board member of MARCH Inc. Beyond her girls and shopping, Sandy loved Elvis, owls, and anything Swedish. She enjoyed time painting in her art room, card playing, craft shows, bowling, dancing, skiing, and golfing. She loved cheering for the UConn basketball. With her loving and attentive husband, Bob, she enjoyed traveling to visit friends and family. They have enjoyed several ocean cruises to various ports-of-call over the years. Being snowbirds in Port St. Lucie, she and Bob have been enjoying the beach, dining/dancing at the Elks Club, and watching the snow forecasted in New England from afar.
Calling hours are Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester.
Celebration of Sandra's life will be at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St., Manchester. Burial will follow at East Cemetery in Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sandra's memory may be made to MARCH Inc., 222 McKee St., Manchester, CT 06040. For online condolences or directions please visit
John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street Manchester, CT 06040-4857
Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2013