Sandra “Sandy” L. Bergstrom was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 15, 1943 to Robert and Lois Bergstrom. As a child, she lived in Minneapolis and Saint Cloud, Minnesota and Grand Forks, North Dakota, before moving to Flint, Michigan.
She graduated from the Swartz Creek High School. When attending Central Michigan University, she made lifelong friends as she pursued her degree in education. During the summers, she worked as a Girl Scout camp counselor in New York.
Following graduation, she spent her entire teaching career in the Grandville school district where she taught 8th Grade math as well as some art classes.
Her retirement was filled with time spent with family and many close friends. Sandy loved to travel, enjoying her experiences throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Most recently she had been wintering on South Padre Island, where she didn’t miss the Michigan winters. She loved her Michigan neighbors who are part of a tight knit community. You could find her being with friends, with her book club group, walking around the neighborhood with her dog, Rio, or hanging out at a local dog park.
Sandy would go back to Minnesota at least twice a year. She loved the Minnesota State Fair and would often go more than once. Sandy would then return for Christmas to spend the holiday with her family.
Sandy died of natural causes at home on December 7, 2021. She was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Lois, nephew, Christopher Bergstrom, and niece, Erin Bergstrom. Sandy is survived by her three brothers: Brian (Lynn), Robin (Denise Buege) and Kevin (Gale). Also surviving are nieces AnnMarie (Joshua) Weiss and Kristen (Jason Theis) Bergstrom, nephew David (Michelle), great-nephews Memphis Weiss and Aidan Bergstrom and great-nieces, Bella Weiss and Colette Bergstrom. There are so many good friends who were her Michigan Family including Dee, Kevin, Brent and Parker Cook, Abby and Andy Skidmore, Emily McIntyre and Grace and Bill VanDoorne.
Per Sandy’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Memorials preferred to organizations that Sandy supported: Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Public TV and Michigan Public Radio.
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