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Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home & Rosewood Memorial Park

601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

Sandra Willison Wunderly

July 16, 1941May 24, 2020

Sandra “Sandy” Willison Wunderly, 78, passed away on May 24, 2020. Sandy was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Eleanor Willison and Robert Ellis Willison. She spent 57 amazing years married to Bill Wunderly, Jr.; 26 of those years as a supportive, loving, Navy wife. She never hesitated when she had to pack up her family’s life and move from one side of the country to the other. Several times she made that drive with her two children in tow, as Bill had already started at his new duty station.

Sandy was an avid gardener and a faithful attendee of Kempsville Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed working in her yard and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a fixture at their various sporting events and life milestones. She enjoyed her friendships with her many hometown, Navy and neighborhood friends. Her smile and positive, loving personality were cherished by many.

Left behind to cherish and honor her memory are her daughter Susan Ennis, husband Rick and their children Zachary and Courtney; her daughter Christine Burke and her children Tyler and Sydney; her brothers John Willison and Robert Willison; and a host of other family and friends.

Sandy will be laid to rest in a private service at Rosewood-Kellum Memorial Park. A memorial service to honor her life (and Bill’s) will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

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Susie Bruce

June 28, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Bill & Sandy's passing. My heart goes out to the whole family in losing them in such a short time. They were such good friends of Bill & Elaine's and I treasure the memories of our families' friendship. I'm grateful I was able to Sandy a few years ago when we were back in Va. Beach. Keeping everyone in my prayers.

Elizabeth Cheek

June 25, 2020

Sandy was such a faithful member of our circle. She was also a wonderful circle leader and gracious hostess. It was always a joy to go to her lovely home for circle. She was a kind and caring circle leader and was always interested in others.

David and Diane Zinsner

June 21, 2020

So many fond memories we have shared with Bill and Sandy from our high school days and later in life at get togethers in Pittsburgh and Melbourne Florida. High school homerooms and year books, organized alphabetically, meant that Bill and Dave were always next to each other. Sandy and Diane were high school classmates and friends. Dave first met Sandy in the early summer of 1956 at summer band practice. We cherished their friendship. May you both Rest In Peace.

John Willison

June 19, 2020

Sandy and Bill have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was in their wedding in July 1963. After Susan and Chris were born, our family would visit Sandy, Bill and the kids in San Diego and in Newport and in Norfolk - wherever the Navy would send them. These trips were memorable times. They lived in Idaho for several years. I always thought it was strange for them to be stationed in Idaho until I understood that Bill was called to teach senior naval officers about nuclear propulsion systems at a reactor there. I was always in awe of Bill’s engineering skills and very proud of his career in the Navy. It was great during these earlier years to follow the family’s moves and activities and to see them engage so fully in life.

The last 30 years have been even more delightful as Sandy and Bill and family became a big part in the lives of my daughter and me with many visits to Florida, phone calls and family gatherings both in Pittsburgh and in Virginia Beach. It’s been the best. To the complete surprise of all, Sandra once agreed to go up for an open air bi-plane ride with us. Although she looked terrified during the flight, she managed somewhat of a smile for the picture afterwards. Bill was beaming I think with pride in Sandy and with joy. It was a thrill. Another time, the four of us drove around northern Scotland for about a week on vacation. We had a great time visiting castles and exploring the coastline. We have a neat picture of Sandy and Bill at the Glasgow train station holding up their breakfast cups of coffee in celebration of their 44th wedding anniversary. What fun we have had together over the years.

Sandy and I have grown close over the years, and it is still difficult for me to grasp her absence. I will very much miss her. We talked and listened a lot to each other, and I am grateful for her always bright, loving and steady presence in my life. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful sister and a great friend. Praise the Lord.

Hillary Kronebusch (Willison)

June 12, 2020

Aunt Sandy was a kind and compassionate woman. She and my Uncle Bill blessed my childhood with many precious memories of Busch Gardens trips, competitive games of Hearts and introducing me to the cereal of Waffle Crisp! They are sorely missed but their memory is cherished and I pray to live up to the legacy of their marriage and family life.

judith Stack

June 7, 2020

Dear Susan and Christine, I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your two precious parents. Bill and Sandy were an outstanding couple, and to lose them both in such a short time is very difficult. Theirs is one of the few marriages that stood the test of time, devoted and loving one another for a lifetime. Sandy and I shared many wonderful memories of NHHS as she was a majorette and I was in the band. Sandy was always such a sweet friend, and rightly so - as she was selected to be the first SWEETHEART of NHHS. I pray for you and your families that the God of All Comfort will heal your broken hearts, and that He will turn your sadness into joy in His Perfect Timing. with love and Sympathy, '59 Classmate, Judie (Walliser) Stack

Carol Wright

June 3, 2020

Sandy and I became friends in 4th grade at Perrysville Elementary School and continued being friends through the twelfth grade. Then we went our separate ways with marriages and new locations. From the first day I met Sandy, her sweet and kind ways were one of her nicest attributes. She was our class sweetheart for sure!
A really cute and bright girl, Sandy was blessed with a beautiful voice She was also a talented majorette in our famous North Hills Band.
Sandy and I kept in touch through the years via Christmas letters and high school reunions ( the last in 2009). It was such a lovely time. 🥰 May the memories Sandy created with her family always be remembered and cherished. Y'all were so blessed to have Sandy as your mom, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend! Jesus' heavenly choir has gained a beautiful voice and heart! 💛🙏

John Blackstock

June 3, 2020

To the Wunderly/Willison families... What a classy couple! Sandy clearly was the Sweetheart of the Class of '59 and loved by all!!! Deepest sympathy to Bob, John, Shirley and children. May Sandy and Bill rest in peace...

Ruth and Don Ward

May 30, 2020

For Better or Worse! Rich or Poor! In Sickness or Health!
Not even in Death will they part!
We are so saddened by the passing of our dear friends of nearly 70 years. We cherish our many Memories of good times with Sandy & Bill . Especially in our retirement years!

Bruce Betcher

May 27, 2020

We are so saddened by the loss of Bill and Sandra Wunderly. They leave a legacy of love and devotion to each other and to their daughters Susan and Christine and their families. They will always be remembered with love and may they now rest in peace.

With Love, Bruce and Illena Betcher

FROM THE FAMILY