Sandra Jean Swanlund, 79, of LaMoille, passed away Sept. 19, 2019, at her home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Community United Methodist Church, LaMoille with the Rev. David Jungnickel officiating. Burial will be at Greenfield Cemetery, LaMoille. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday in the church. Lundquist-Merritt Funeral Home, LaMoille is handling arrangements.
Sandra was born Dec. 24, 1939, in Mendota to Charles and Jean (Krenz) Riegel. She married Kenneth Swanlund on June 1, 1958, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota.
Sandra and Kenneth moved to their farm, north of LaMoille, in 1958. In addition to helping on the farm and raising her family, Sandra began taking college courses. She earned an AA degree, magna cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College; a BS in Education, magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University; and a MS in Education, also from Northern.
Sandra taught in the Mendota grade schools for over 25 years. She served as the district’s Transitional Bilingual Instructor until her retirement in 2006. After her retirement she continued to teach classes at IVCC. Sandra was devoted to her students and was a passionate and creative teacher.
She was a long a longtime member of the Community United Methodist Church of LaMoille, serving on many boards, committees and teaching Sunday school. She sang in the choir for many years before becoming the director and serving in that capacity for over 20 years.
She was active in several educational and civic organizations. She was past president of the Starved Rock Reading Council, Literacy Chair of the Illinois Reading Council, and member of the International Reading Association and Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO).
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth of LaMoille; three children, Bradley (Shelley) Swanlund of Peru, Todd (Diane) Swanlund of Arlington Heights and Holly (Michael) Hoffart of Franklin, Tenn.; grandson, Tyler Swanlund of Chicago; sister-in-law, Dixie (Gary) Anderson of LaMoille; several loving nieces and nephews; and her beloved therapy cat, Squeaks.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Lane.
Memorials may be directed to LaMoille Ambulance or Community United Methodist Church.