January 22, 1938 – June 2, 2020
Sandra (Zetlen) Singer, 82, died peacefully at Sawtelle Family Hospice in Reading on June 2, 2020, after a brief battle with leukemia. Sandy was born in Cambridge to Lillian and Alan Zetlen and grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. She met the love of her life, Marty Singer, from Peabody, and spent 54 years in a wonderful loving marriage. Sandy and Marty raised their three children in Beverly and moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody in 2005. Marty predeceased Sandy in 2009.
For her whole life Sandy was an avid and eager volunteer. Among the organizations that benefited from her time and skills were North Beverly Elementary School PTA, Temple B’Nai Abraham, the Beverly Hospital Aid Association and most recently Sandy was an Ombudsman at Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers. She put in countless hours providing resident advocacy, taking incredible pride in her work. Shortly before she became ill she had started volunteering with Pastoral Ministries at Brooksby Village.
Sandy had the unique ability to make people feel they were the only person in the room - always listening and giving. She was happiest taking care of and giving to others. Sandy reached out and affected everyone whose path she crossed. Sandy was devoted to the Brooksby Community, becoming an integral part of the lives of her large group of friends. She will be greatly missed.
Sandy leaves behind her beloved children, Andria Eisen and her husband Joel of Toronto, David Singer and his wife Randy of Framingham, MA; Michael Singer of Portsmouth, NH; her sister, Margie Kurtzman and her husband Lew of Wilmington, NC and her brother, John Margold and his wife Julie Shelffo of Grand Rapids, MI.
Sandy was an involved grandmother to her five grandchildren and her grandson-in-law, all of whom she loved beyond measure: Rebecca Eisen and her husband Josh Adler, Jonah Eisen, Shira Eisen, Noah Singer and Daniel Singer.
A private burial will take place at Sons of Abraham Cemetery, Beverly, MA. A virtual memorial service will take place at a later date.
Sandy’s children would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Beth Israel Hospital’s oncology/hematology floor, and the staff at Sawtelle Family Hospice.
Donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org and to Brooksby Village Benevolent Care Fund, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960, (978) 536-7810.
For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.
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June 8, 2020
Sandy was one of the nicest people I have ever known. Kind, caring and thoughtful. She was a great friend and I will surely miss her. She could always make me laugh. I will always remember the fun times.
With deepest sympathy
June 7, 2020
The earth is a darker place without the radiant smile of our dear Sandy. The author(s) of her obituary so perfectly captured Sandy's essence with: "Sandy had the unique ability to make people feel they were the only person in the room." Our family was blessed with her generosity of friendship to our mother (and mother-in-law), Shirley Cousens. Rest in peace sweet lady.
June 6, 2020
I had the great privilege of knowing Sandy for a short time at Hunt Rehab and kept in touch with her after. She knew how to live every moment as a treasure, and rain or shine, her life or someone else's, she shared her entire being. What an incredible, beautiful soul.
The short duration of our friendship taught me more about how to live each day.
Hold those memories tight and stay well.
Marlene and Alan Rubin
June 5, 2020
We were so saddened to learn of Sandy’s passing. We had just moved to Brooksby Village and spoke only once with Sandy before she became ill. She was so pleasant and I really looked forward to meeting her. May she rest in peace and her memory be for a blessing.
June 4, 2020
I remember Sandy from our days working at The North Shore Music Theatre. Sitting in her kitchen sharing a cup of coffee, and cake. She was always so generous, and hospitable and made all feel welcome with her warm heart and big smile. Thank you for the wonderful memories Sandy! May you rest with the Angels!
June 3, 2020
i was so sadden to learn of sandy's passing-every time i saw her here at brooksby abig smile and how were the celtic-red sox and patriots doing-how wonderful she had dinner with dan shaunessy-she loved telling me all about it. i shall miss her radiant presence pat king bc508
June 3, 2020
I will always remember Sandy at the Sebago Lake cousins’ reunions, making her delicious “secret” chocolate cookies, her boundless enthusiasm for the theater, and for her family and each person’s accomplishments