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Sandra Kay 'Sandi' (Brown) Van Hoof

September 20, 1944 ~ September 26, 2018 (age 74)


Sandra Kay ‘Sandi’ Van Hoof passed away peacefully at her beloved cabin in Wabasha, MN with her husband Jerry holding her hand on September 26, 2018.  She was born on September 20,1944 in Winona, MN. She graduated from Cotter High School in the Class of 1962. She was a lifelong resident of Winona.  Sandi Brown was married to Jerry Van Hoof on May 6th, 1967. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage that included 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Over the years she worked at Linahan’s Supper Club, managed Fairway Woods apartment complex, started the deli at Midtown Foods, and ended her career at Sprint.  Sandi was a fierce, feisty lady with a loving, gentle soul. She loved nothing more than being with and taking care of those she loved - especially her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a three time cancer survivor and lived with COPD for the last seven years of her life. Her passions included cooking, music, dancing, shopping, parades, cruising the river, and sending cards and gifts to her loved ones.  In the last year of her life she shared that all of her dreams had come true. She had a wonderful husband whom she loved deeply, children and grandsons she passionately cared for, and her dream cabin off the backwaters of the Mississippi where she cherished the 17 years she shared with family and friends. Her beauty, resilience, courage, and humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survived by her loving husband, Jerry, her adoring children, Tony (Jeremy Bue), Bryan (Nicole Weber), Katrina Boyum (Mitch), Vanessa (Dustin Miller), and the lights of her life, her grandchildren Brooks and Briggs Boyum. She is also survived by many loving extended family members including Shirley & John Brown, Jeff, Paula, & Benjamin Brown, Jody Wilson, Justin, Gretta, & Taylor Borchardt-Wilson, Kris & Amy Van Hoof, Tom & Therese Van Hoof, Mary Sue & Larry Chapman (Carrie, Jake, Ben, Andy), Kathy Van Hoof (Adam & Alice Kaehler), Elizabeth & John Kaufold (Dan & Dave), Jim Van Hoof, Bill & Carmen Van Hoof (Justin, John, & Allison), John & Jodi Werner (Joe & Matt), Bill & Janine Werner (Annie & Max), Kathie Bernsen (Will & Chris), and Scott Werner and many dear friends.

Preceded in death by her mother, Alice Feehan, brother, Roger Brown, sister, Diane Wilson, her mothers-in-law, Alice Van Hoof and Joyce Weir, her father-in-law, John Van Hoof, and her brother-in-law, Denny Van Hoof.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 Noon, Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona.  The visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Sandi on October 21, 2018.  Details will follow. Memorials preferred in her name to Cotter High School or Winona Area Catholic Schools.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.   Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

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