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Sandra Marie Moriarty

1945 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sandra Marie Moriarty Obituary
Sandra Marie (Sarna) Moriarty of Pasadena CA and formerly of Wilbraham MA, died in the early afternoon on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena holding hands with her sons Sean and Rich and in the warm and loving company of several close friends and family members. Sandy was born on April 12, 1945 in Springfield Massachusetts, the daughter of Leslie R. Sarna and Eileen M. (Bailey) Sarna. She is survived by her sons Sean and wife Andrea of Pasadena CA, Rich and wife Sarah of Hong Kong and Las Vegas, three sisters, Carol Hulton and husband Chuck of Tennessee, Terry Ragusa of Springfield, and Leslie Sarna of Springfield, one brother, Peter Sarna and wife Alicia of California, three grandchildren, Ella, Harlinn, and Marlowe, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Tom in May of 2015 and her parents Leslie in 1987 and Eileen in 2014. Sandy attended Springfield MA schools and graduated from Technical High School in 1963 and the former Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in Boston in 1966. She was a proud and dedicated health care professional, serving as a Registered Nurse for 45 years where she worked at many area hospitals including Providence Hospital in Holyoke, the former Wesson Memorial, and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was an extraordinarily skilled and compassionate caregiver beyond the hospital walls as well, and looked after many friends and family members over the course of her lifetime. In September, Sandy moved to Pasadena to be closer to her sons and daughters-in-law and three granddaughters, Ella, Harlinn, and baby Marlowe born June 6, 2016. She fell in love with a house in the Daisy Villa neighborhood of Pasadena, moved in in November 2016, and was very excited to make it her own before falling ill early shortly after New Year's. Sandy loved to read, attend plays and Broadway shows, and was an avid sports fan. While she loved her Red Sox and Patriots, she enjoyed youth sports even more, from the sidelines of a high school football game in the fall to the cold of a hockey rink in winter. She enjoyed her friends immensely and committed deeply to the many friendships she had. She was always thoughtful and always hopeful, whether it was battling through leukemia in middle age, caring for her husband Tom through his long illness, moving to California alone and buying a house at the age of seventy one, or facing her own recent illness with courage, strength, grace, and humor. St. Cecilia Church in Wilbraham will celebrate a memorial Mass for Sandy at 10am on her birthday Wednesday April 12, 2017. Later that evening the Moriarty family will hold a celebration of her life at the home of John and Sherri Assad at 35 Brentwood Drive in Wilbraham. Memorial contributions in Sandy's memory can be made to .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 22, 2017
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