Sandra Snyder-Windels

Obituary of Sandra Lynn Snyder-Windels

Sandra Lynn Snyder was born on May 28, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio.   She was one of three daughters born from the union of the late Dr. Harry and the late Joanne (Clemmer) Snyder.   She attended Lincoln Park High School graduating with the Class of 1975.

In 1977, Sandy married Michael Pickett and the couple was blessed with the birth of three children:  Nicole, Thomas, and Sarah.   The young family lived for several years in Louisiana before coming back to Michigan.   Michael and Sandy would divorce and later in life, Sandy would meet Gerald Mark Windels.   They had a special bond and joined their blended family together being married on December 29, 2014.   For nineteen years, Sandra worked hard as a sales associate for the Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.   She retired in 2018.

More than anything in life, Sandy enjoyed spending time with family.   She was especially fond of her seven grandchildren.   Sandra was strong-willed and outgoing.   Always a joy to be around, she could be counted on to be there in time of need.  She was a dear friend, a confidant to many, always accepting of those she believed in.   Sandra’s love for the outdoors led to a passion for gardening.  

Sandra Lynn Snyder-Windels, age 61 of Newport, passed away at 2:43am on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.   Her passing was preceded by her parents.  

To cherish her memory, Sandy leaves her beloved husband: Gerald M. Windels of Newport; her children: Nicole Louise Frueh of Lima, Ohio, Thomas Michael Jacob (Jillian) Pickett of Flat Rock, and Sarah Lynn (Jereme) Fleeger of South Lyon; two step daughters: Chelsea Windels and Sarah Windels both of Clinton Township; two sisters: Lauri (Bud) Kalb of Clinton Township and Debra (Jeffrey) Sparks of Livonia; seven grandchildren: Daniel, Emma. Michael, Jacob, Julia, Wyatt and Vaughn; and three step grandchildren:  Chase, Jaxcen, and Milayah Rose.

Friends may gather on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 1:00pm until a Celebration of Her Life at 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185.   Pastor DJ Ikeler of Metro City Church will officiate.   Private interment will take place at Michigan Memorial Park.

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