Charlene E. Sandstrom, 85, formerly of Panama, N.Y., passed away at 5:15 a.m., Saturday (June 23, 2012) in the Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
A lifelong area resident she was born Nov. 10, 1926 in Panama, N.Y., a daughter of the late Erwin and Georgia Shannon Sturges.
She was a graduate of the Panama Central School and was a member of the Panama United Methodist Church.
Charlene E. Sandstrom
She and her late husband Bill owned and operated the San-Dee Dairy Farm in Ashville for many years. Following dairy farming they owned and operated Sandstrom's Egg Farm until their retirement.
She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family. She also loved her animals, especially her dog, Buffy, who provided much comfort to her following the passing of her husband. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, playing cards, gardening and helping her children and grandchildren whenever needed. She was also an excellent softball player in her younger years as a member of the Niobe Grange League.
Surviving is a son James E. (Audrey Walrod) Sandstrom of Mayville, N.Y., a daughter Shirley (George) Hedlund of Ashville, N.Y., eight grandchildren Sandra (Scott) Bailey of Celoron, James Sandstrom of Aurora, Ind., Shawn Sandstrom of Elgin, Pa., Abbey Dyke of Muskegon, Mich., Molly (Chris) Anderson of Westfield, N.Y., Shari (Russell) Jamieson of Jamestown, Shelly (Gary) Stevens of Hedgesville, W.V., and Darlene (Greg) Toole of Brockport, N.Y. She also enjoyed her visits with Audrey's children, Telaney Walrod and Trinadee Bunce. She is also survived by two great great grandchildren and a brother David J. Sturges of Jamestown.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William A. Sandstrom whom she married Aug. 17, 1946 and who died Aug. 29, 2000, a great grandson Chase William Anderson, a daughter Jodell Sandstrom, a sister Eva Leamer and two brothers Edwin and Merle Sturges.
The funeral was held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 25 in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Gerald A. Haglund, chaplain of Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing officiated. Burial was in the Wellman Road Cemetery. Friends were received from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, June 25 in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Ave. Lakewood, N.Y. 14750.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Charlene at www.lindfuneralhome.com