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Sandra Haugo

Personal Description:

Personal Description:

Sandra Jane Haugo, 68, passed away on February 16, 2008 at her home after a five year battle with ovarian cancer. The cancer was almost beaten and she nearly became cancer free but then it migrated to her liver and other internal organs. Chemotherapy couldn’t stop the cancer from continuing to grow. The chemotherapy was stopped and she was placed in an at home Hospice program one month before her passing. Her “long goodbye” provided her with valuable time to say goodbye to nearly all of her loved ones and when she passed she was surrounded with many loved ones who cared deeply for her. She will always be missed.

Sandra was born July 30, 1939 in Sioux Falls, S.D. to Lester and Cathryn Starnes. She grew up on the family farm near Humboldt, SD. where she attended school and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1958.

Sandra was united in marriage to Roger Haugo on July 7, 1973 at First Lutheran Church and became a homemaker in Sioux Falls. Sandra loved to travel with Roger and would always come home with memorable stories of their experiences. Sandra and Roger traveled to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, France, Monaco and throughout Europe many times. They also took a Trans-Atlantic Cruise on a sailing ship from Spain to the Bahamas. Other trips included Hawaii, Alaska, Canada (Prince Edward Island to cheer on her grandson Zach in the Little Olympics of baseball), the Kentucky Derby, the New Orleans Mardi Gras, New York?s World Trade Center Twin Towers and various other places throughout the United States. Her favorite place to travel was Hawaii making several trips there, most recently her favorite places to travel, due to travel limitations, included Branson, MO and Lake Okoboji, IA. Sandra?s family was extremely important to her, which was evident at the holiday gatherings & year round at her house. She always spoke proudly about all of her children and grandsons.

Sandra was a loving wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. It was with a positive attitude that she began each day with a smile on her face and care in her heart. She was always willing to help everyone else before doing things for herself. Sandra enjoyed life to the fullest by visiting with friends, caring for her children, talking with family, and volunteering at Avera McKennan Hospital. She enjoyed getting together with the ?old neighborhood? friends and the many people that she and Roger met. She was a master seamstress ? making, creating, and mending many things throughout her life. She also spent a great deal of time planting many flowers and working in the yard. During the spring & summer her yard looked more like a botanical garden than a residential home.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Roger; daughter, Kristi Nordquist of Sioux Falls; sons, Kevin (Lori) Warne of Sioux Falls, SD, Ken Warne of White Bear Lake, MN and Eric Erling Haugo of Flagstaff, AZ; grandsons, Gerg Nordquist and Zachary, Mitch & Justin Warne all of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Susan (Larry) Albers, Sioux Falls, SD; brothers, Jim (Janice) Starnes and Rick Starnes of Humboldt, SD and Ron (Cathy) Starnes of Montrose, SD; 6 nieces, 4 nephews, 4 grand nieces, and 3 grand nephews. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Tom Starnes; and son; Keith Warne.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at First Lutheran Church, 327 S. Dakota Ave. Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Humboldt, SD.

Last updated on: 05/02/2008


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My parents and Sandra’s parents were very good friends when we all lived in Sioux Falls, later Long Beach, CA, and finally back in SD. The last time I saw Sandra was at my mother’s wake at Beresford. Sandra and Susan were there. I had no idea about Sandra’s death until last night when I was cleaning up after a family Christmas Eve dinner and happened to catch credits at the end of a church service. Roger, please extend my condolences to Susan and the rest of the family. My parents were Stanley and Gladys Anderson. Roger, while we have never met my first husband was Jim Zieser an attorney here in Tyndall. Jim passed away from 5 mo. of leukemia on Jan. 14, 1996. In 2002 I married John Blackburn an attorney in Yankton. John’s wife died of breast cancer in 1993. I know only too well how nasty the disease is. John and I have two houses as he is still working 7 days a week and I have a lovely home in Tyndall and love to golf at our golf course. My son is an attorney/cpa in Littleton, CO and my daughter Lisa Zieser Rothschadl is an attorney here in Tyndall as she took over her father’s business. I also have two other daughters. Aain, my sincere sympathy to you and the family.
Sincerely,
Marlene

Marlene Zieser-Blackburn – 12/25/2008

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