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Sandra Kay Herr

November 11, 1937 — January 24, 2024

Sandra Kay Herr, a beacon of love and gentleness, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2024, in St. Joseph, Michigan. Born on November 11, 1937, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sandra's life was a testament to the beauty of a life well-lived, filled with passion, kindness, and an unwavering dedication to her family and community.


Sandra's early years in Benton Harbor were the foundation of a life marked by hard work and devotion. Her career as a proofreader showcased her meticulous attention to detail and her commitment to excellence, traits that she carried throughout her life. Her time at Heath Co. and Zenith, not only highlighted her professional abilities but also her capacity to form lasting friendships and associations.


Beyond her professional life, Sandra was a woman of many interests. Her love for gardening was evident to anyone who had the pleasure of seeing her flower gardens, which bloomed with as much vibrancy and care as she put into every aspect of her life. Sandra also found great joy in her regular visits to Montgomery's restaurant, where she would savor a cup of coffee and the companionship of her friends and family.


Travel was another of Sandra's passions, and she embraced the opportunity to explore the world, always returning with stories and experiences that she eagerly shared with her loved ones. These journeys were not just trips but adventures that fed her soul and broadened her appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the planet.


At the heart of Sandra's world were her family members, who will cherish her memory and continue to be inspired by her life. She was a loving mother to her two children, Edmund Herr (Jodie) and Cynthia Papendick (Keith). Her role as a grandmother was one she cherished deeply, and she will be lovingly remembered by her six grandchildren, Nichole, Ashley, and Katlin Herr and Philip Papendick, Jacob (Milena) Papendick, and Olivia Allen, all of whom she adored and supported through every stage of their lives.


Those who knew Sandra will remember her as a loving, thoughtful, and gentle soul. She was the kind of person who listened intently, offered wisdom when asked, and provided comfort without a second thought. Her presence in a room was akin to a warm embrace, and her absence will be felt by many.


As we bid farewell to Sandra Kay Herr, we are reminded of the impact one individual can have on so many lives. Her legacy is one of love, generosity, and the quiet strength that comes from a life lived with intention and grace. Sandra's memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched, and her spirit will continue to inspire us to live each day with the same compassion and joy that she did.


In honoring Sandra's life, we reflect on the beauty she found in the simplest things: a blooming flower, a cup of coffee shared with a friend, and the laughter of her grandchildren. She had a gift for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary and reminding us all to appreciate the moment.


Sandra Kay Herr's journey through life was a beautiful one, and though she has left this earthly realm, her journey continues in the memories and lives of those she loved. She has left an indelible mark on this world, and for that, we are eternally grateful. May she rest in peace, knowing that her story is one of enduring love and beauty.


Sandra is preceded in death by her parents Maynard and Lois Smith, her husband Edmund Herr, and brother Terry Smith.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Bowerman Funeral Home.  


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