Swan Funeral Home


Sandra Helen McDuell

August 16, 1944October 8, 2020

Sandra “Sandy” (Hill) McDuell, 76, of Old Saybrook, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 8, 2020, following a brief illness. Born in Middletown, August 16, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Helen Jones Hill Tower. Sandy was married to Christopher McDuell, the love of her life and best friend for 56 years. For the past 20 year they have resided in Old Saybrook. She retired from Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company in 1989. A compassionate listener and friend, Sandy was known for her ability to brighten a room with her witty humor and warm smile.

In addition to her husband Chris, she will be dearly missed by her daughter Tammy (McDuell) Sparrow and husband David Sparrow of Old Saybrook; her son Stephen McDuell of Middletown; her five grandchildren: Christopher Rosenberg, Kelsey Sparrow, Connor McDuell, Taylor McDuell, Ryan McDuell and several other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother Helen Jones Hill Tower; her sisters Dorothy Lawrence, Arlene Roccapriore, Anna Mae Nursick, Audrey Lane and her brother William "Bill" Hill.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, (October 15, 2020) at 11:00 am at the Saint John Church 161 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Interment will be on Friday, (October 16, 2020) at 9:00 am at State Veterans Cemetery 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Connecticut Hospice in Branford.


  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, October 16, 2020


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Susan Burns

October 14, 2020

Sandy was a very dear friend. She most certainly brought happiness into everyone's lives. I will miss her and wish the entire family my sympathy. A great loss for all of you.

John Cushma

October 13, 2020

Had the pleasure of working with Sandy in the 70s at MMA. She was quick to greet you with a smile and kind word. Sad to say we have not connected since we left CT to move to GA. Chris you had a gem of a lady. RIP old friend.

John and Debbie McDuell

October 13, 2020

Debbie and I remember nearly missing Thanksgiving, one year, we didn’t eat until almost midnight. The turkey was a huge 36 pounder compliments of Stephen. We remember sitting around grandmoms kitchen table, drinking and laughing, just having fun being together. Rest In Peace Aunt Sandy.

Bill & Debbie

Laurie Phillips

October 13, 2020

Your mom's smile would light up a room. I loved to hear her laugh. And Dad was certainly able to make her laugh alot. Love all of you and I'm so sorry I'll no longer see that smile.


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