Sandra Garcowski

7 novembre 195421 juillet 2020

Sandra Garcowski (nee Viergutz), 65, of Berea, peacefully passed away at home with her husband by her side on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Her last days were spent surrounded by loving family and friends.

She was born in Berea, the daughter of Robert Viergurtz (deceased) and Wilma (nee Patterson) Moore. Sandra is the beloved wife of James; loving mother of Jason (Amber) and Jacob (Lynn); adored grandmother of Annabella, Genevieve, Pia, and Hazel; cherished sister of Rose Smith, Cynthia Paul, Joann Yacobian (Gary), and Robert Viergutz (Heidi); and amazing aunt to many.

Sandy made friends everywhere she went, and was known for her boundless joy and always having a smile on her face. She loved beating her husband at daily sudoku puzzles, having girls’ days out with her friends and sisters, and playing card games with extended family. Sandy made a mean macaroni salad and always picked out the perfect Christmas present.

Sandy was a loyal friend, companion, and wife to Jim, the love of her life. She was an amazing, proud, and devoted mother to her two sons (who could do no wrong in her eyes). Bringing an even bigger smile to her face was her four granddaughters, who adore her to no end.

She is and will be missed, though she still lives on in our hearts.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 4PM to 8PM at Craciun Funeral Home, 14925 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 25801 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station 44028 (Please meet at Church. Committal services will follow at Royalton Road Cemetery. Those planning to attend are asked to please observe social distancing and are required to wear face coverings for all services.


  • Robert Viergutz, Father (deceased)
  • Wilma Patterson Moore, Mother
  • James Garcowski, Husband
  • Jason (Amber), Son
  • Jacob (Lynn), Son
  • Annabella, Genevieve, Pia, and Hazel, Grandchildren
  • Rose Smith, Sister
  • Cynthia Paul,, Sister
  • Joann Yacobian (Gary), Sister
  • Robert Viergutz (Heidi), Brother


  • Visitation

    vendredi, 24 juillet , 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    samedi, 25 juillet , 2020

  • Committal Service

    samedi, 25 juillet , 2020


Sandra Garcowski


Briana Keys

5 août , 2020

Sandy, my dear friend,

I miss you so much already I never got to say goodbye, my heart is so heavy right now, I just found this out today, I wish I could have gotten to see you one more time, you were always so friendly to me, and I loved working with you, it's really hard to find people like you, I feel like I have a pill in my throat that I cant swallow, my prayers go out to your family and friends in this time of need. Rest easy hun!

Ali Mercer

30 juillet , 2020

Aunt Sandy,

I had written a letter to send to you the night before you passed away and I would like to share some of it with those who love you.

Dear Aunt Sandy,
It’s hard to know what to say when life throws you these kind of curveballs that must be faced. I want to share with you the thoughts I have when I think of you.
It makes me smile to think of your kisses. As children Sean and I used to play a game where we would see who could hide to avoid your “hello kiss” the longest. No matter how hard we tried, you would find us even hours later and give us our kiss. With age comes an appreciation for the precious things in life like family, and love. I look back on those kisses with a clearer understanding of how precious they are, and how much love you have to share. So thank you, for never being afraid to share your love Aunt Sandy.
One of my most vivid memories of spending time with you as a child, was sleeping over your house during a block party on your street. I was feeling so shy of the other children. I remember how patient you were with me. You took me to the neighbors and helped me find a toy scooter to play with. I scooted around he block party all evening having a blast. Later you tucked me into bed, making me feel so safe and loved. Thank you for your patience, kindness, and love.

When I saw that you had passed away, and I didn’t get a chance to share this with you, it felt like a punch to the gut. I wanted you to know how much I love you, and I wanted to have a chance to say all of these things I never took the opportunity to say. But in your passing you taught me the greatest lesson of all: To never take time for granted, to never assume that tomorrow is promised.

I love you Aunt Sandy, and I will miss you forever.

Pam Malloy

26 juillet , 2020

I worked with Sandy at Southwest she was a wonderful person.
Sandy saved me several times, when I had catering issues. She always had it under control and with her great smile the events were first class.
I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Peggy Hissa

25 juillet , 2020

When we lived in Berea I met Sandy when I worked at McDonalds. We were both "swing" mgrs. Our kids were about same ages. We became fast friends as did our husbands. That was 38yrs.ago. We will miss her smile and her laughter. God bless Jim and Jason,Jacob and their families. I will miss my dear friend. Rest easy Sandy💗


23 juillet , 2020

Jim, Jason, Jocob and families, I am so sorry for your loss!! The Garcowski family have been our neighbors for 30 plus years. Our boys played street hockey together in the street in front of their house many times. The boys were always running around and playing together. The neighborhood will never be the same without Sandy! I will miss seeing her and Jim walk by on their daily walk and seeing her smile and always having something positive to say as she went by. Her favorite color of red is wrapped around the poles in our neighborhood to remind us that she is watching over us. It breaks my heart knowing how much her family and friends are going to miss her. So sad to lose someone way too soon!

The Haschka Family

Anthony LaMattina

23 juillet , 2020

I’ve known Sandra for 40 or 50 years we grew up in the same town went to the same Schools, sandy and my sister Renee were best friends Renee would go to her house Sandy would come to ours was like I had another sister.She was always smiling with that big wide smile ear to ear she always had something nice to say and give you a hug. You will be missed

PHYLLIs Doppeiheuer

23 juillet , 2020

I remember her fondly along with her sisters and brother coming in to our general store many manytimes. Enjoyed all of them very much lots of great memories so sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to all of the family

MaryBeth Klimek

22 juillet , 2020

In the short time I knew Sandy you could immediately tell she was one of those people that everyone just loved. Always smiling and radiating kindness with the most amazing attitude. Her strength was something to be admired. Heaven truly gained an angel. My most sincere condolences to her family and friends.

laura grzelak

22 juillet , 2020

my favorite every time i saw sandra we would smile very big and wave she was a dear neighbor to us (when gary was living) and husband also a bg wave and smile neighbors for 30 years we watched our children grow up together. they played under our tree. please enjoy the house plant it enjoys 6 hrs SUN. should last a very lo y LOVE(LAURA TERESA MELISSIA, also CO.NNIE WAS ALSO A VERY DEAR FRIEND. THAT I ALSO LOVE GOD BLESS YOU YOUR WONDERFUL CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN.. I AM HERE IN PRAYER,,,,, LAURA NEIGHBOR.

Jane Turner-Kohler

22 juillet , 2020

My heart broke a little today, for Sandy the girl I grew up with, for the woman I worked with at the hospital, for the friend she became to my late husband. Sandy lit up the room. Healing thoughts to her family.