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SANDRA L. PARAH - ORLANDO, Fla./ FAIRFAX, Vt./ST. ALBANS, Vt. - Sept. 15, 1941 - Jan. 25, 2014 - Sandra Lea (Sheltra) Parah, 72, , a resident of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Sandra was born in St. Albans to the late Harmon and Anna Sheltra. She graduated from Burlington High School in June 1959, and on Oct. 10, 1959, she married her beloved husband, Ronald C. Parah. They resided most of their life in Fairfax or St. Albans, where they raised their four children. Sandy's primary mission was to keep the home, raise her four children, and was the bookkeeper of Ron's Construction, Inc., for over 30 years. She did all of these things with grace and amazing success. They moved to Orlando, Fla., where they spent the last 10 years of her life. Sandra was the beloved wife of Ronald C. Parah for over 54 years; beloved mother to four children; beloved Nana to seven grandchildren; and beloved "old" Nana to four great-grandchildren. Mom will be remembered forever and always by her children, Deborah Parah, James Parah, Melissa Dougan and husband, Casey, and Amanda Parah. She is also survived by her sister, Judy Bessette and husband, Dan, of Marana, Ariz.; brother, John Sheltra and wife, Elizabeth, of Essex Junction; treasured grandchildren, Thomas Arsenault, Ashley Parah, Allison Lague and husband, Paul, Melanie Parah, Danielle Parah, Kaylee Dougan, and was greeted in Heaven by Mark Arsenault (19852007); and is survived by loving great-grandchildren, Kaden and Emma Arsenault (children of Thomas), Ryaleigh Parah (daughter of Danielle), and Kelsey Lague (daughter of Allison and Paul); several nieces, and nephews; along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her. Sandra loved to cook, entertain, play golf and computer games and be surrounded by family and friends. She touched the lives of many with her smile and generosity. She will be missed greatly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield St., St. Albans. The Reverend Brian J. O'Donnell will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the Parah family lot in St. Luke's Cemetery in Fairfax. Private messages of condolence are welcome at In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent, in memory of Sandra Parah, to the , PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or call 800.227.2345.

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Heald Funeral Home, Inc. - St. Albans
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St. Albans, VT 05478
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 13, 2014
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