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Sandra Lynn Van Schaick (nee Patterson)

September 04, 1964 - May 06, 2024

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Obituary For Sandra Lynn Van Schaick (nee Patterson)

Sandra passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2024, after day surgery, in Edmonton, AB.

We lost one of the dearest, kindest, and best people we could all know. She was ready for anything, always willing to lend a hand and up for any kind of adventures. She had a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. The family and friends are devastated and in shock. It is hard to believe that such a vivacious, full-of-life person is gone. We have great sorrow, and it is an extremely sad time for all of us. Sandy was well-loved by all who met her, and whose lives she touched.

Sandra was born on September 4, 1964, to Wayne and Paulette, she was a beautiful baby who grew up to be a beautiful lady. Sandra was the oldest of three children, her sister Tracey was born two years later, followed by her brother Todd a year after that.

Sandra went through the Grande Prairie Catholic School System, and graduated Grade 12 from St. Joseph Catholic High School. From there she went to work for Dr. Utas, training with Pat Martin for a year to see if dental assistant was the career path she wanted to follow. It was, and she always thanked Dr. Utas and Pat for her choice. She enrolled in S.A.I.T in Calgary and after graduation, she worked for a dentist in Calgary.

However, her heartstrings pulled her back to Grande Prairie to her family and friends. She met Dwayne Van Schaick, and after a few years of dating, they married on October 20, 1990. They went on to have two boys, Brett born May 13, 1993, followed by Ty on April 11, 1997. Sandra was so very proud of the men her boys had grown up to be. They have both married and given her two grandchildren each, three granddaughters, and one grandson. She truly loved those grandkids!

Sandra was employed by the health unit for 34 years as a dental assistant. She excelled in working with children. When the pandemic hit, she decided it was time to retire. She was very much enjoying her retirement. She loved to golf, go camping, fishing, cooking, and to play cards with her mom and dad. Her whole life she always had a dog, and her latest dog Peanut was her constant companion. She loved to take Peanut for drives.

Most recently she went on an Alaskan Cruise to celebrate her mom and dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary, as well as her mom’s 80th birthday. She loved that trip so much; she planned another Alaskan Cruise this fall with some friends.

There are many, many stories to tell, and some will be shared in her eulogy.

Her loss will be mourned by her husband Dwayne; son Brett (Elisha), and grandchildren Kadence and Rowan; son Ty (MacKenzie) and grandchildren Wynter and Aubree; parents Wayne and Paulette; sister Tracey and her children Liam and Maggie: brother Todd (Susanne) and their children Jordan and Brady ( Hannah); brother-in-law George (Carol); sister-in-law Linda (Brad); nephew Andrew (Taylor) and great-nephew Jace; aunt Barbara Martineau and aunt Joan Martineau; uncle Bob Patterson (Sherrill); along with many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Sandra has had many other family members reach Heaven before her: Grandpa and Grandma Martineau, Grandpa and Grandma Patterson, her great-grandparents, three uncles (Martineau) Lawrence, Albert, and Raoul, and his wife Aunt Marj, aunt Gwen Patterson, her father and mother-in-law Alf and Dorothy, special cousin Darryl McMillin, along with many other family members and friends.

Sandra’s family and friends take consolation in all the calls, emails, texts, cards, flowers, food received, and the general outpouring of love for this amazing lady. Thank you.

A Viewing will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 10:00 am, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Grande Prairie (10404 102 St.). Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 am.

A Livestream of the Service will be available moments before the service on Sandra Van Schaick’s obituary on Oliver’s Funeral Home's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/olivers.funeral.home

Memorial Donations may be made to Bandaged Paws (bandagedpaws.org/ways-to-help), Alberta Cancer Foundation (www.albertacancer.ca), Alberta Diabetes Foundation (www.albertadiabetesfoundation.com), or to a charity of one's choice.

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  • May 23, 2024

    So very sorry for your loss. I recall Sandy as the bubbly girl next door. Then the dental professional the health Unit. Sandy was always so happy to chat with your when she say you out and about. Wayne Paulette and the rest of the family my thoughts are with you , Shannon Andrews

  • May 20, 2024

    Wayne and Paulette - I am so sorry to hear the sudden passing of your daughter Sandra My condolences to all the family Sincere sympathy Karen Boyd

  • May 20, 2024

    During this time of deep sorrow it's hard to find the right words. Please accept our deepest condolences and may the love and support of those around you help to bring peace. This is so deeply shocking and just so sad. No one can ever replace the amazing person Sandra was but we can all be thankful we knew her and shared in her friendship and made some wonderful memories. Brad & Dawn-Marie Hudson

  • May 20, 2024

    Dwayne and family- please accept our sincere condolences on such a sad and sudden loss. Lisa and Don Kovach

  • May 18, 2024

    Condolences Dwayne and family. So sorry for your loss of your beautiful Sandra. Shelagh (Van Schaick) Perez

  • May 17, 2024

    Dwayne and family, my deepest condolences to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Sandra Hatfield

  • May 17, 2024

    So sorry to read of the passing of your daughter Wayne and Paulette. She was always at the ready with a smile and a joke. She will be missed 🥰

  • May 17, 2024

    Dwayne and family, Paulette ,Wayne and family. Our Prayers are with all of you at this time from Margaret Ann Martineau , and Korie Lyn Northey.

  • May 16, 2024

    I was so sorry to hear about Sandra. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Chris Turnmire

  • May 16, 2024

    Dwayne, Wayne, Paulette and families. Our heartfelt condolences to all the families during this most difficult time. Keeping all of you close to our hearts and in our prayers. Sending much love your way. Joe and Darlene Brausen

  • May 15, 2024

    Sincere condolences Dwayne, Brett, Ty and families, Wayne & Paulette and family on the sudden loss of Sandra. May you find comfort in the love of friends and family and never forget the cherished memories of the special person Sandra was. Darrell & Donna Watson

  • May 15, 2024

    So sorry for your loss Dwayne and family. Our deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. We pray for God's peace and comfort over you, your family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. - The Dennars

  • May 15, 2024

    Dwayne & family Wayne & Paulette & family So very sorry to hear of your great loss. What a huge shock, a reminder to all of us how precious life is. Thoughts are with you at this time. ❤ Trudy (Benson) Peterson

  • May 15, 2024

    I'm so sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. I only knew her from coming into Fourword when I worked there and it was because of her friendly demeanour and kind nature that I remember her. I hope the great memories you have with her bring you comfort at this time.

  • May 15, 2024

    My deepest condolences in your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with you all. Jo Frey

  • May 15, 2024

    Such a heartbreaker for all who loved her. Sandra was a bright light. Always greeted us with a big friendly smile and genuine consideration. Our hearts go out to all her family. Neal and Jill Thomson

  • May 15, 2024

    Condolences to Sandra's family and friends. Sandra was a beautiful person, who always had a smile and a story to share. She will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers

  • May 14, 2024

    Dwayne and family... I am so sorry to hear of this. She was an exceptional lady and wonderful example of kindness and sincerity. She was always a welcome face. My heart and prayers go out to you and your families.

  • May 14, 2024

    Our condolences, from Foster Van Schaick and family.

  • May 14, 2024

    Chance made us colleagues, the fun and laughter made us friends. For close to forty years, Sandra was a part of our lives. Sharing countless meals, card games, work trips and adventures, we have so many wonderful memories that we are forever grateful for. Sandra was kind, funny, giving and a true friend. She was one of a kind. We will miss her deeply. To Dwayne, Brett, Ty and their families, Wayne & Paulette, Tracy, Todd & Susanne and families, we send our heartfelt sympathies and love.

  • May 14, 2024

    Sandra worked with my father, Dr. Harry Quinn, at the health unit. He adored working with her and they shared many a laugh. She truly was a light in this world. My father passed last year - there will be a lot more love and laughter in heaven ❤️ My condolences to all the family.

  • May 14, 2024

    Dwayne, Brett & family, Ty & family, Mr. & Mrs. Patterson - I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Sandra was such a kind, funny and generous person and will be missed by many. I have such great memories of our families spending time together and most recently, when Sandra and Dwayne 'popped-by' mom and dad's house in Grande Prairie to get a peek at my now husband! Sending you all the love and may Sandra's legacy live on through her wonderful friends and family. Ashlee Guise

  • May 14, 2024

    So sad to hear of Sandra's passing. My sincere condolences to all who loved her. Derek Gaume

  • May 14, 2024

    Our condolences to all Sandra's family and friends. She will be sadly missed by so many for her many smiles, her wit and her great sense of humour.

  • May 14, 2024

    I am so sad to hear that Sandra suddenly passed away. I knew Sandra well from grade 1 right through to grade 12. She was always fully of life, had a wonderful sense of humour and was fun to be around. Thoughts and prayers are with Sandra's family, Michael McDonald.

  • May 14, 2024

    Our sincere sympathies to Dwayne, Brett, Ty and families, Wayne, Paulette and family. Cherish your special memories of your Sandra. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. Glenda and Gerald Breitkreutz

  • May 14, 2024

    Sincere condolences to all who LOVED Sandra.... My heart hurts for you on the loss of such a beautiful wife, daughter , mother . Sister . Grandma...🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

  • May 14, 2024

    Paulette ,Wayne, Duane and families. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Sandra. I have many great memories of her time at the Health Unit working with Dr Quinn. She always had time for a visit when we ran into each other in the later years.

  • May 14, 2024

    She was truly one-of-a-kind and I will miss her terribly. She lived life to the fullest and brought so much laughter to those around her. She was always the first to laugh at herself. She loved her family and friends and they loved her back. We can't ask for anything more than that, except more time. Love to Dwayne and boys and to the Patterson family. Laura and Bill and the rest of the Martineau family.

  • May 14, 2024

    My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. I always enjoyed how you both were the first to arrive at holiday parties and work functions and always with big smiles that filled the room. - Brittany Trudeau

  • May 14, 2024

    On behalf of Craig and staff of Northgate Safeway, we send our condolences to Dwayne and family.

  • May 14, 2024

    Tim and I send our condolences to the Van Schaick and Patterson families. So sorry for your loss .

  • May 14, 2024

    Words can't express the sorrow I feel,A short visit on Derby day Is a fond memory I will hold . As ever Carol Head

  • May 13, 2024

    Wayne and Paulette. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our sincere condolences to all the families. Lloyd & Sandra Friedel

  • May 12, 2024

    Dwayne and families, Wayne and Paulette Sorry to hear about loss of your wife, mother and daughter Our condolences thoughts and prayers are with you. Byron and Linda Jones

  • May 12, 2024

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Sandra, our condolences to the families, also Wayne and Paulette. Byron & Linda Jones

  • May 10, 2024

    Thoughts and prayers to Dwayne, Paulette, Wayne, Tracey and Todd and families.

  • May 10, 2024

    Our sincere condolences to Dwayne, your sons and their families and Mr. & Mrs. Patterson. Angie & Larry Scriba

  • May 10, 2024

    Condolences to Dwayne and family. I remember Sandra as a vibrant person with a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious laugh. May your memories bring you comfort.

  • May 10, 2024

    Sending condolences to Sandra's family. Always a smile and that infectious laugh ringing through the office. You will be missed. ❤️ Terri McLean-Dorion

  • May 10, 2024

    My sincere condolences to all of Sandra's family!! Lin Barton

  • May 10, 2024

    Sandra , our dear friend and travel companion, who we shared countless memorable times with in Radium, Hawaii, Kauai, Antigua and Maui will be terribly missed. Our heartfelt condolences to Dwayne, Brett and family, Ty and family and Mr. & Mrs. Patterson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We are deeply saddened by Sandra's passing. Love Karla and Gary

  • May 09, 2024

    Sandra was a beautiful soul inside and out and her energy always lit up a room when she walked in. Her laugh was contagious and her sense of humour could lift anyone's spirit. She will be greatly missed by so many. Rest in peace beautiful Sandra - The Palmer Family

  • May 09, 2024

    Dwayne, Brett, Ty and family. Our deepest condolences on your loss. Sandra was a positive uplifting person who always had a smile on her face. Richard and Bonny Dennis

  • May 09, 2024

    I was just so saddened to hear about Sandra.. i always enjoyed running into her as she always made me laugh. ❤️Dar Repka-Smith

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To view the livestream of Sandra Van Schaick (Saturday at 11:00 am) or Glenn Kochendorfer (Monday at 2:00 pm) visit https://www.facebook.com/olivers.funeral.home/

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