On the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, Sandra Lee (Mislitsh) Passeri of Roaring Branch passed away suddenly and tragically in a motor vehicle accident near her residence. She was 67 years of age. Known to all as Sandy, she was born in Williamsport on Dec.1, 1946 and was the daughter of Louis J. and Vivian (Wilson) Mislitsh. Sandy had a natural gift for cooking and worked for many years at fine eating establishments in upstate New York, including the Waterhouse Inn. She also sang with a bluegrass band in her younger years, and was a lifelong fan of Elvis. Despite her many years of work in professional kitchens, Sandy loved to cook for her family, especially during festive holidays. She also was well known for her homemade candies and enjoyed picnics during the warm weather months. She enjoyed Christmas with the innocence and enthusiasm of a child, lavishly decorating the tree and opening gifts with wide smiling eyes full of anticipation. Sandy was also a great lover of animals and owned several rescued dogs as well as birds and fish. She loved all children, including ones who could be difficult, and drew them unto herself. In short, Sandy loved life and lived it to the fullest. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.
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Sandy is survived by her sons Richard L. Baker of Elmira, Richard L. Waugh of East Smithfield, daughters Rhonda L. Baker and Mary M. Baker, both of Roaring Branch and Sue Boyd of Canton, sisters Mary (and Joseph) Mutschler and Connie McKinney, all of Williamsport, Betty McAvoy of Buffalo, N.Y., nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Ann Hill, grandson Paul Robert Rumsey and niece Tammy McCloskey.
Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, with funeral service at 11 a.m.
The family suggest that memorial donations be directed to your local SPCA.
Published in Daily Review on Dec. 31, 2013