On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Sandra Gail (née Moon) Grundler, loving wife and mother of two boys, had her long and brave battle with cancer come to an end and passed away at the age of 59. She leaves to mourn her two sons, Andrew and David. She will also be sadly missed by her mother-in-law, Aggie, sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Robert, her nephews Austen and Evan, and many more friends and relatives. Sandra was predeceased by her husband, Peter, her father, John, mother, Donna, her sisters Denise and Kimberley, and her brother, Garnet.
Sandra was born on May 29, 1961 in Edmonton, AB to John and Donna (Ashcroft) Moon. She received a Medical Lab Sciences Degree from the University of Alberta in 1983. It was during her time at university that Sandra would go on to meet the love of her life, Peter. They would begin their life together in Edmonton before moving to Saskatoon so Peter could attend the Lutheran Theological Seminary. On June 22, 1985, Sandra married Peter. After a brief stint in Steinbach, Sandra and Peter would move to Athabasca and would start their family there with the birth of their son Andrew in 1989, and David in 1991. Sandra was an incredibly strong woman and showed remarkable perseverance despite suffering much loss in her life. She lost both of her sisters and brother early on in her life. She lost her parents within a year of each other in 2003 and 2004. And finally, the sudden passing of her husband Peter in 2017.
Sandra loved her sons and husband more than anything in this world. Sandra always made time to drive the boys, and often many of their teammates, to their various activities like soccer or basketball. She tried to watch every game, and if there were conflicts in the schedule, she would make sure Peter was there to cheer on their child. Sandra loved to read, especially spy thrillers and mystery novels. She instilled the love of reading in her children at a young age by reading to them every night, and she made sure they would read every night when they became old enough to do so. She expressed her love for her children in many ways; her love and support helped her boys grow into fine men.
Travelling was Sandra’s second love. When the boys were younger, the budget was tight, so long cruises were not always an option, but all-inclusive resorts were. She would look forward to planning the yearly trip down to Mexico. She would make sure everyone was packed and ready, because her boys inherited their father’s penchant of leaving packing to the last minute. When the boys were older, Sandra and Peter had the opportunity to start to go on holidays together. They loved to cruise. Sandra liked being able to visit many different spots on a trip, collecting various items, sampling different food, and doing fun activities such as snorkelling or ziplining.
Sandra didn’t just travel for fun. She travelled to Mexico and Haiti for charity builds. Travelling to these countries were emotional and powerful experiences on Sandra that had a profound impact on the way she viewed the world. She was filled with sadness to see those living in poverty but was filled with joy to know she helped make the lives of some of those families better.
If asked about Sandra, everyone who knew her would describe her as an extremely loving and generous person who made the world a better place.
Sandra did not want a funeral service and was cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cross Cancer Institute or a charity of your choice.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101