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Sandra Schaffner Boxer

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Sandra Schaffner Boxer Obituary
June 26, 1935 - January 20, 2017 Sandra Schaffner Boxer was born, as the fifth child, in Chicago on June 26, 1935 to Minnie and Samuel Schaffner. Sookie (family name) had two sisters and two brothers: Beatrice, Beverly (deceased), Lawrence and Marshall. She was an aunt to two nieces and a nephew as well as a great aunt to a nephew and three nieces. All of her education was in Chicago where she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Roosevelt University. Her passion that all children should have a good education was always evident in her teaching and nurturing skills. She especially enjoyed teaching the 4th grade. Sandy moved to Los Angeles in 1962 and continued her teaching in the Los Angeles School District until her retirement from the Balboa Gifted Magnet School in Northridge, CA in 1990. On June 17, 1980 she married Jerome Boxer. Upon their retirement Sandy & Jerry relocated to Paso Robles. Together they travelled to many areas in the world but their main emphasis was total emersion into the rich life of the very caring "we can do" community they found in "Paso." One of the first things Sandy did was join the Paso Robles branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She was involved in all the community projects they sponsored but her favorite one was the annual Women in History program. This focused on portraying (in full costume) a famous woman in history. She, along with other AAUW members, traveled to Paso Robles elementary schools dressed as their historical character showing that women have always greatly contributed to society and continue to make an important difference. Both Sandy & Jerry immediately got involved with the vibrant Paso Robles Library where she served as a volunteer in the Children's Section and on the Paso Robles Library Foundations Board. As the North Campus of Cuesta College took shape & construction was underway Sandy & Jerry became great supporters of the college. In 2003 they both were awarded the President's Award. "This award is given in recognition of the accomplishments of a community volunteer who has contributed time and talent generously, working in partnership with Cuesta faculty or staff resulting in an achievement that might not have happened otherwise." She was presented with "Cuesta College Woman of Distinction - Progress for Women Winner" award in 2006. Sandy started serving on the Cuesta College Foundation Board in 1996 and remained a member until 2009.She also worked with Dean McLaughlin in the formation of a cadre of North County volunteers into the North County Campus Ambassadors. The Ambassadors provide individual & group services to/for the campus & its students. As Foundation Ambassador to the College's Science and Math Faculty, Sandy was instrumental in creating the College's Conference for middle school girls, "Expanding Your Horizons." Sandy was an exceptional person. She was bright, kind, generous, loving and had a wonderful sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. In lieu of any flowers the family has asked that a donation to the Cuesta College Foundation or Paso Robles Library Foundation be considered. Interment will be at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, Los Osos, CA on Wednesday, January 25th at 1:30 p.m. Rabbi Janice Mehring will be officiating.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 25, 2017
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