Sandra Lee Kuchmak
17 February , 1950 – 4 September , 2018
KUCHMAK, Sandra Lee (nee Sawyer) passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in her 69th year after a courageous battle with cancer. Daughter of Emily and the late Bill Sawyer. Sister of Gail, Milton, Dee, Bill and Lynn. Beloved wife of Powell for 46 years. Proud mother of Matthew (Michelle) and Tara (Daryl). Loving Grandy to Joshua, Ethan, Benjamin, Penelope, Abigael and Nathanael. Sandra will be greatly missed by her many friends and extended family. Celebration of Sandra’s life will take place on Saturday, September 22 @ 11am at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME located at 847 King St. W. (905-721-1234) In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation – Mesothelioma would be greatly appreciated.
- Visitation Saturday, 22 September , 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, 22 September , 2018
Sandra Lee Kuchmak
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Elizabeth (Bettie) Walker
3 February 2019
Dear Matthew, Tara and family,
I have just now found the obituary of your Mum. I do not know if you remember me but I used to babysit you both when you were both very young, and your Mum worked at the Oshawa General. You were both best buddies with my son Ryan who was the same age as you Matthew. All three of you got along so well, never fighting, just enjoying your time at my house (on Exeter St. in Oshawa). It was such a pleasure to have you both in my home.
Your Mum was a lovely person, and she so impressed me with how she juggled her work as an RN and being a great Mum and Wife.
My heart goes out to you both and your Dad and your extended family.
Hopefully you check back on this site and get to read my memories.
In my thoughts,
21 September 2018
I've known Sandy since we were neighbours when I was a kid - I babysat Tara and Matt. Sandy always had a spare ear and a cup of tea to listen to my teenage angst. When I went away to school she would send me a note and updated pictures of the kids. Lots of fun and laughs over cards when visiting our cottage. So many memories of the wonderful woman she was. A role model as a working mom.
Thanks for being my friend.
rita (Frederika) Booth (Barr-Anderson)
20 September 2018
Dear Powell, Emily, Lynn and family
When I first moved to Ormond Drive (1192) I met Sandra outside on the lawn. I know how much Sandra loved to be outside.
I told here that I had just moved here from Lindsay where I had worked at the Ross Memorial Hospital for 21 years as an RN.
Little did I know that that I knew Sandra"s Mom Emily (who was the best RPN) at the hospital and Lynn was our housekeeper on the floor where I worked are the nicest people ever.
Emily even came to my son's baby shower and gave him a precious moments ornament. (Which I still have by the way)
How could I be this lucky to be neighbours with this beautiful family.
Sandra came to my pot luck open house and we had a great time.
Sandra will be remembered by many, forgotten by few.
I am so lucky to have met Sandra and my heart goes out to all of you. Let your beautiful memories get you thru this difficult time.
Rita Booth aka Frederika Barr-Anderson
19 September 2018
Sandra was a member of our Curves Family, she was always fun to work-out with and especially loved the Cardio Class.Sandra enjoyed
sharing stories about her grandchildren . Thinking of her family at this very sad time.
19 September 2018
I first met Sandra on Baldwin St in Oshawa, she had stopped and asked my name. Our next meeting was a few weeks later when I was interviewed for a position at the Wynfield LTC where she was the DOC. Over my time there we got to know each other well. I had a great deal of admiration and respect for Sandra. Even though she was always busy, when she came on to the floor she always took the time to engage with the residents and knew all of their names. She was a very compassionate person and strong in her beliefs . One of her greatest joys was becoming a grandmother and on visits to her office she would often share pictures and stories of her grandchildren with me.
My deepest sympathies to her family at this very sad time. She will be missed.
15 September 2018
My deepest sympathies go out to Powell, Mathew , Tara and families as you mourn the loss of Sandra. Our paths first crossed when she brought nursing students to Hillsdale Manor for practical experience in the long term care sector. Subsequent to that Sandra joined our nursing management team at Hillsdale Manor/Estates. Sandra was always a strong advocate for the residents and staff in her care. She was well respected for her integrity, professional expertise and the ability to meet any challenge that came her way. She always spoke with great love about Powell, Mathew and Tara. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this very sad time in your lives.
6 September 2018
When I first met Sandra, she was my teacher. When our paths crossed again, we were colleagues at The Wynfield. But, most importantly, she became my friend and I will miss her. My heartfelt sympathies to the Kuchmak family at this difficult time.
5 September 2018
My earliest memories of Sandra were our trips to Mississauga every morning as we prepared a team of leaders to open the new LTC home in Oshawa - The Wynfield. We chatted so much on the way that the trip seemed like no time! We grew to be good colleagues, a great team and then good friends. I most admired her steadfast diligence to the residents quality of life and in coaching the staff to always do the "right thing". She was a great Director of Care and went on to consult and teach others.
Over the years we kept in touch frequently as she often called me for guidance or advice when she faced challenges that she knew I had faced and always we connected as if there were no gaps between time and contact.
I will miss her immeasurably and will keep her family in my prayers so that they can get past this grief to a time when it is not so painful and instead full of the joy of her life!