Sandra Noreen

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Sandra "Sandy" Noreen (Walters) Passed away suddenly but peacefully in the early morning on January 29th, 2013, in Rohnert Park, California.
She was born in Princeton, Wisconsin on March 15th, 1936, to her loving parents Elva and Al Walters. Upon graduation with top scores from Princeton High School, she attended nursing school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and worked as a Registered Nurse throughout her career.
In August 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard "Dick" Noreen, and over the next 10 years they were blessed with six beloved children. Sandy and Dick lived in many different places throughout their life together including Florida, Texas, California, Hawaii and Scotland. They also vacationed in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and The Holy Land. Sandy's life was always guided by her faith in the Lord. Through the years, she spent countless hours serving at numerous churches enriching many, many lives with her boundless spirit. In her later years at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, she served on the Altar Guild, Prayer Chain, Health Ministries and Bereavement Teams. Most importantly, many charities worldwide benefited from her great passion for quilting with her dear friends in the Quilting Group. She was a loving and caring wife, utterly devoted to her husband and six children and a true and faithful friend to so many.
She was preceded in death last year by her husband of 55 years, Dick, and is survived by her children Dan Noreen (Mary Rooney), Tom Noreen, Tim Noreen, David Noreen (Carol Leach Noreen), Ruth Noreen McDonald (Mark McDonald), and Mary Noreen Dapiran (Ray Dapiran), her only living sister, Betty Barrington from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Sandy on Saturday, February 9th, at 10:30 a.m. at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Cross and Crown Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2013