Sandra Marie (Saunders) Konczak
1950 - 2020
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Sandra Marie (Saunders) Konczak

Baird - Sandra Marie (Saunders)KonczakBairdTXDr. Sandra Marie Saunders Konczak passed from this life and moved on to the next great adventure on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Sandra was born in Baird, Texas at the Callahan County Hospital on August 29, 1950 to Uthell and Lucille Saunders. She attended the Baird schools and graduated in 1968. On September 20, 1968, she married her high school sweetheart, Mike Konczak.

Sandra attended Texas A&M University in God's Country where she earned a double major in Math and Science and a teaching certification. Other universities she attended and degrees earned are Stephen F. Austin University, Masters of Education and K-12 Principal Certification; University of New Hampshire, Doctorate of Environmental Science. She also attended the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico where she fulfilled her foreign language requirements for her PhD.

While teaching in several school districts: Grapeland, Mexia, and Abilene, she served on numerous state committees including the State Textbook Committee. She taught two summers in Poland at the English camps in Torun and Kalisz.

She loved her family, friends and traveling. Sandra enjoyed canoeing with friends. She earned her Canoeing Instructors Certificate on the White River in Arkansas. She was an accomplished white water paddler and traveled to wherever the water was the biggest. Her hobbies included sewing, reading and being with grandchildren.

Sandra was a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) where she served in all capacities as an officer at the Regional and Local levels; Also, she was a member of the Texas Outdoor Education Association (TOEA) and Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). She developed classes for Region XIV ESC and facilitated them. Sandra was a member of the Abilene Quilters Guild and Alton's Charm Pack.

Sandra was a retired reserve police officer for Limestone County, Texas and The City of Baird. Her most exciting case was likely the felony arrest of an individual on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. In plain clothes, she made the initial approach in a crowded public park, and brought the arrest to a successful conclusion.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; daughter, Tamatha Konczak Dayberry and husband, Ken; son, Michael Konczak and wife, Amy; sister, Sheila Robertson and husband Gene; brother, Jimmy Saunders and partner, Lisa; adopted son Michael O'Leary and wify, My; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family celebration of life at a later date.

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Published in Abilene Reporter News from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2020.
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December 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
December 18, 2020
Sandra was a distant cousin. We had the same Great Grandparents, Mary Jane Wright and Larkin Carpenter. She was a Sanders and I am a Phillips. She was a lovely lady inside and out and a good christian woman. I miss her posts on Facebook, so I searched and found her obituary. Did not know until now that She passed.
Joe Vernon Phillips Jr.
October 30, 2020
Sandra was an amazing woman! She was a dedicated teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and community servant. She was one of the most hospitable people I've ever known. I witnessed her mentoring program at Madison Middle School. She made everything and everyone better wherever she was! She was humble, too. I learned a lot more about her as I read her obit.

I'm sad that the pandemic put a damper on her contact with the outside world these last seven months.

She's one of my best friends ever. God bless all who are loving and missing her now.

My love and prayers go out to the Konczak family.
Shirley Baber
October 29, 2020
I worked with Sandra at AISD. She always struck me as a dedicated teacher with wide interests. Praying for her family. She will be missed.
Betsy Feemster
October 29, 2020
Sandra was a true and loyal friend.
Mary Jane Tatum
October 29, 2020
I have posted the obituary on Facebook "Mexia Public Schools Museum and Alumni" page and there are many comments from her Mexia friends, of which I am one. Bob Crider
Cox Crider
October 29, 2020
She was also an amazing geneological researcher, and as a distant cousin, I really enjoyed our correspondence. What a sweet lady, and I know her family and close friends will miss her greatly!
Jessie Cheek (wife of distant cousin, Michael Cheek)
Jessie Cheek
October 28, 2020
We taught with Sandra and admired her knowledge and fun-loving spirit! She was a great educator and friend. John and Jan
John and Jan Lineweaver
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