Sandra Kay Deitz, nee Rodriguez, 50, of Smithton, Ill., born Nov. 8, 1961, in Belleville, Ill., passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at her home.
Sandra was a hair stylist at J.C. Penney in Fairview Heights, Ill., where she was best known as Sandy Dee. She was also an active member of the YMCA, both downtown and east facility in Belleville, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edmundo Rodriguez Sr.; her nephew, Ben Schneider; and her beloved Dalmatian, Rollie.
Surviving is her husband, Scott Deitz, the love of her life, whom she married on Aug. 22, 1987.
Others who love her and will miss her are her mother, Bernice, nee Ross, Rodriguez; and Scott's parents, Deacon Don and Shirley Deitz of Belleville, Ill.; her brothers and sisters, Tina Braun (Butch) of Belleville, Ill., Rick "Chico" (Jean) Rodriguez of Belleville, Ill., Brenda (John) Hornecker of St. Peter's, Mo., David (Susan) Rodriguez of Belleville, Ill., and Carolyn Ladow and friend Dennis of Collinsville, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Susan Scott of Belleville, Ill., Sherry (James Jackson) Schneider of New Athens, Ill., Stacy (Brian) Deslatte of Longview, Texas and Shelly (Mike) Popp of Belleville, Ill.; brother-in-law, Steve Deitz of Belleville, Ill.; and her many nieces and nephews.
Sandy loved to ride her bicycle on the back roads of Smithton, Ill., and looked forward to the peach season so she could pick peaches and take them to all her favorite people. "The best ones are on the top of the tree."
She enjoyed boating and water skiing, and also loved hopping on the Harley and visiting all the homecomings, picnics, and festivals. Sandy was known as "the Contest Queen" as she won every contest she ever entered.
She had the uncanny ability to make everyone she talked to feel good about themselves; her family, friends, clients and especially her nieces and nephews. She was a friend to all.
Memorials may be made to the
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. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, Ill., with Father Stanley Konieczny and Deacon Don Deitz officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 16, 2012
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