Rose Sandler
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In memory of Rose Sandler.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 8, 2021.
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I had the pleasure of working with Rose at Sikorsky and thought of her as a kind of protégé and had kept track of her and watched as she did some amazing things like:

Ride the Wild Coast which is a horse race along the east coast of South Africa
The Mongolian Derby
2 additional Trips to Mongolia where she road reindeer with nomadic Mongolian herders from their summer pastures to the winter ones and a winter camel trek
Canoe racing and deep sea fishing off of San Diego

And a bunch of other things.

About 3 years ago I was working with her on her application to the Explorers Club to help her get sponsorships for more trips to Mongolia. The application was just about finished when she dropped off the internet. I kept doing google searches from time to time to see if she surfaced but didn’t expect to find what I found yesterday. To say I was shocked is a very great understatement.

I just hope she is at peace now and her demons are gone.

Pete Johnson

Peter Johnson
Friend
April 21, 2021
I am saddened by Roses depression and leaving . I so admired Rose’s strengths , intelligence, and fun spirit!! I am sending you all my sincere condolences for your lose of a beautiful spirit!!
Love Nancy
Nancy Tehan
February 5, 2021
How extremely sad it was to read of the passing of Rose Sandler. I’m writing this to reach out to her parents Jay and Lisa, her sister Jenny, and her aunt Abby. She wanted my husband Mike and I to meet all of you. She loved you very much.

We met Rose through amateur radio. Her call sign is KM6ORG. Just to let you know that if any family member wants to get their amateur radio FCC license they can have Rose’s call sign as a memorial to her.

She came to our Saturday Poway Amateur Radio Society breakfast club meetings for several months. We really enjoyed getting to know her. I guess this was part of her desire to learn about anything and everything.

Prior to her going back to Mongolia, we heard about all of her plans. When she came back she was asked to do a presentation at a women’s club dinner. She invited me. Wearing her traditional Gobi garb, Rose showed photos and told the story of her trip and what she learned. It was a great presentation, and the audience really appreciated it. What a fun evening!

I really like the picture posted in the Poway Chieftain. Another picture I will always remember is Rose wearing the traditional Mongolian dress and riding through the desert.

I’m deciding very carefully how I want to say what I believe. As a retired counselor and psychologist and special education director, I know about disabilities. Mental health issues are the invisible disability. What we can’t see we don’t understand. When we see someone who doesn’t have arms or legs we understand. We give short shrift to our understanding of invisible disabilities. Our society must do much better!

When Rose dropped out of our amateur radio activities we did try to reach out to her and find her. Now reading what you have posted, we know why we did not hear from her. Please know that she was a lovely soul and she will truly be missed. Mike and I will plant a tree in the San Bernardino National Forest through Penny Pines in her name.

Although she has left us she will not be forgotten. In ham radio terminology KM6ORG is SK and SK means Silent Key. Although she will not be heard on the radio anymore, her memory will live on.

Gayle Olson-Binder
Friend
January 8, 2021
So very sorry to lean about Rose. We heard such great things about her . Deepest condolences
Steve Eagels
Acquaintance
December 21, 2020
I was touched by learning of this young woman's story in her obituary and the courage it must have taken for her grief-stricken parents to share it. What a horrible loss of an obviously accomplished and beautiful soul. May her memory be for a blessing and may her parents take solace in knowing that they did the best that they could have possibly done for their child.
Peter Singer
December 11, 2020
I was profoundly touched by news of Rose's passing. I am devestated that she lost her fight with depression. I loved paddling with Rose and loved how vibrant and adventurous she was. It was so difficult to see her stuggling with depression but I was always happy to see her show up at paddling. I know it helped her if even for an hour or two. She will be missed but will live on is all of our memories.
Peggy Goddard
Friend
December 11, 2020
It is so sad that even the most vibrant spirit can fade out and be extinguished by this terrible disease. I’m very sorry for the loss of roses’s family and friends. LYakubik.
Lily
Acquaintance
December 10, 2020
Bless this family... so very sorry for the tremendous loss and pain. I saw Rose's beautiful face in the newspaper and my heart breaks for her loved ones. May she rest in peace. Hugs and kisses.
Christine Schmidt
Friend
December 10, 2020
Bless this family... so very sorry for the tremendous loss and pain. I saw Rose's beautiful face in the newspaper and my heart breaks for her loved ones. May she rest in peace. Hugs and kisses.
Christine
Friend
December 10, 2020
Bless this family... so very sorry for the tremendous loss and pain.
Christine
December 10, 2020
Bless this family... so very sorry for the tremendous loss and pain.
December 10, 2020
Dear Lisa, Jay and Jenny,
It’s with great sorrow that I learned of Rose’s passing and her struggles with depression. I lost a 16 year old brother to depression and know full well the journey...
I’m heartened to read of her adventures and accomplishments despite her illness. May you hold her memory close.
Jane Barker-Hunt
Jane Barker-Hunt
Acquaintance
December 10, 2020
Very sorry to hear of Rose’s passing. I am a fellow traveler in the world of depression she inhabited and understand her pain - as well as yours. I’m working on making a donation to travelingstories.org.
Michael Barry
Friend
December 10, 2020
I did not know Rose but I was moved by reading her story. The photos below make the story that much more heat breaking. May she rest in peace. Condolences to her family.
John F
Friend
December 4, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the family. We enjoyed having Rose as a part of her life when she hunted here in Virginia. She will be missed.
Cathy Marco
Friend
December 4, 2020
Rose, you were a great friend and coworker. I loved to hear all about your amazing adventures. Thank you for being a part of my life. Rest in peace Rose, Miss you.
Janet Stites
Friend
December 3, 2020
Rosemary Campbell
December 3, 2020
I miss Rose and her smile. She had a special place in our family.
Rosie Campbell
Friend
December 3, 2020
I did not know this lovely girl but my heart goes out to her family, who was brave enough to write truthfully about her life and struggle, sure to inspire compassion in anyone who reads it. Just glancing at it made me continue to read, it was so beautifully and tenderly written. I found it to be a much more meaningful account of a life than is usually published in the obituary column.
Molly Jager
Friend
December 3, 2020
Emily Moberly
December 3, 2020
Emily Moberly
December 3, 2020
My deepest condolences to everyone in your family during this time. I used to foxhunt with Rose in Virginia, and we formed a bond over frequently being the only two younger adults in the field. She would regale me with stories about your family, her engineering work, her adventures. She was my buddy for all the horse events around Virginia- races, balls, hat contests (the photo of which I’m posting below because it makes me smile and I hope it does for you all too)- she was always game. I was the one who first mentioned the Mongol Derby to Rose- we planned to ride in it together back in 2014, but family medical issues prevented me going. Still, it’s one of my prouder moments to have introduced someone to something that became such a true love of her life. She lived more in her short time than most people could live in multiple lifetimes, and she will be missed by her many friends around the globe.
Abbey Jorstad
Friend
December 3, 2020
Similar to the writer of a note above, I did not know Rose and do not know her family, but am touched by the story of her life and the outpouring of love in her obituary. I was drawn to read it by her beautiful, vibrant smile in her photo. Clearly, she was cherished and the world has lost a very special person. My next donation to our local food bank will be in her memory. I am sorry for your loss.
ANNE MATTHEWS
December 3, 2020
I am deeply moved by reading Rose's story in the Inquirer. She suffered yet lived an amazing life. Jay, Lisa and Jenny, you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Sister Kathleen White
December 3, 2020
Thank you for sharing Rose’s story. What an amazingly accomplished, brilliant and intrepid young woman. She lived a lot in her brief lifetime, and it is indeed heartbreaking to know that she left this world too early. Peace to all who loved her, and may her memory be a blessing.
Carol Weisl
December 3, 2020
Rose was a great person. I was friends with her in school. She will b missed and I loved following her journeys. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Nicole Getz Hill
Friend
December 3, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Sandler family. I remember Rose as a curious and quick learner in my first grade class in 1988! Her smile could light up the room. She accomplished a lot of great things in her short life. I am glad that she is at peace.
Marcia B. Spence
Teacher
December 3, 2020
I did not know Rose, and I do not know her family. However, because of the sensitivity and honesty of her obituary, I feel as though I know both, at least somewhat. My heart aches for the friends and family of this incredibly interesting woman who, because of her fearlessness, seemed to gain but also give so much. I can’t imagine that I am the only one touched by your loss and behalf of all of us who are I want to extend our heartfelt condolences. Thank you so much for sharing her story❤
Dianne Stoler
Chalfont, PA
Dianne Stoler
December 2, 2020
My friend Rose. 9-man canoe seasons will never be the same. You always made me smile with all those wonderful stories of adventure. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your life. I truly will never forget what a beautiful person you are inside and out.
Scott Boat Skipper
Friend
December 1, 2020
She was a passionate adventurer, terrific friend and talented Horsewoman. I will miss you dear Rose. You were one of our clan, our group of travelers. Fly free dear friend. I will never forget you.
amy whelan
Friend
November 30, 2020
One of my favorite pictures of Rose. Her spirit for adventure was wonderful. She did things most of us would never think to do or even dream of doing. She gave us this and much much more. She lived a whole lifetime packed into her short life and took us with her to the far reaches of the world. Thank you for being in our lives. Love to you and your family always.
Eleanor Byrd
Friend
November 29, 2020
She held my hand in times of darkness, she saw the world uniquely, she gave endless kindness to animals; she had many virtues. She rode the Mongol Derby, Race the Wild Coast and the Tevis Cup to glorious completion; she sought and conquered adventure. Whatever she decided to accomplish, she did; she had tenacity. Her mind ran circles around most of ours; she had a beautiful mind. Armored with tenacity, an adventurous soul and the power of her mind I know she is headed off to conquer the next life or world or unfathomable adventure the universe has for her. I have no doubt she was more than ready for the challenge, and for the peace she has found I am grateful. The loss is truly ours. She was a beautiful warrior, and I am honored that she will always be my friend.
Stephanie Delahunt
Friend
November 28, 2020
To the Sandler family, your Rose will be deeply missed. Please know her Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club teammates here in San Diego are heartbroken at the news. She was a fierce competitor out there on the ocean, a kind soul helping teammates in need and an awe inspiring horsewoman who inspired us with her stories of adventures and travels. I am grateful to have known her. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Gigi
Friend
November 25, 2020
My dear friend, I'll miss your silly laugh and your stories of all your adventures. I'll miss our silly IMs at work but most importantly, I'll miss you on the water you were part of the ohana #imuahanohano
Much love and Aloha to the family.
Ro Na
Friend
November 25, 2020
I have no words...I was very fond of Rose and her infectious smile. Sadly put last encounter was a post Outrigger Paddle Practice Massage. It was an amazing evening on the water followed by a few girls giggling. The next day everything shut down due to Covid. LOVE AND HUGS to all...We will miss you Rose.
Jeanine Perkins
Friend
November 25, 2020
Much love to you Rose. I am so happy your were in my life. Your spirit and energy was beautiful. Love you Rose and love to your family always.
Eleanor Byrd
Family
November 25, 2020
Eleanor Byrd
November 25, 2020
Such an amazing, interesting, vivacious, deep, caring, brilliant and beautiful woman that I had the pleasure to know for many years. I will cherish memories of special places, fascinating conversations, fishing on the lake, riding in the horse, and coloring together as we just let conversation unwind. Lisa and Jay, I am so happy to have spent time with you all. Rose knows that we all love and adore her. I hold you and your family in light and love during this time of sadness. Michele
Michele Manker
Friend
November 25, 2020
a loved one
November 25, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family. Rose will be missed. Have great memories to cherish. Rose is at peace.
Laura Goodman
Friend
November 25, 2020
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