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In Loving Memory of

Sandra Grooteman


Obituary of Sandra Grooteman

Sandra Grooteman passed away peacefully on March 22, 2022.
Sadly missed by her wife Sue, her parents, Pete and Truis, her brothers Peter (Petra), Paul (Petra K), her sister Carin, her nieces Nikki, Jetta and Kirsten, her nephews Thomas, Lucien and Martijn and family and friends especially Tamar and family in the Netherlands and in Canada, her sister-in-law Lysa, her nephews James, Evan and Sean and her neighbourhood family and many friends and her companion Joey. Sandra was recognized by the King and Queen of the Netherlands for her community services. She advocated for the local food bank, Community gardens, Women’s Center and started a group to bring all mindsets together regardless of race or religion. She travelled the world and met the Dalhi Lama and the Rolling Stones and countless others. She was the president of the Summerlea Association for years. She was instrumental in achieving street signs with poppies for recognition of our veteran neighbours. Sandra loved cooking, nature, gardening, photography and people who crossed her path, such as Seniors, The Ladies Auxiliary and a special place in her heart was coaching her baseball team of the Special Olympics. Her heart selflessly reached out to others in need and lived life to the fullest.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to Summerlea Association would be appreciated. Please contact Sue Duskoff.

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AF Grooteman
9 months ago

Oom Ton, tante Helen, Monique en Naomi in Australia

Lisa Pryor
11 months ago

Dearest Sandra
You are missed
Your inner peace was shared
Rest easy
Fly on the wings od eagles!
Be at peace

john den outer
1 year ago

we met in the eighties here in Holland and were part of the gay and lesbian organization COC. Lost contact when she moved to Canada. Sorry to read that she lost her life at such a young age. My condoleances to all her loved ones.

Greg,Doris and Mathew Belmore
1 year ago

Our condolences to the family. She will be truly missed. She was a wonderful person.

1 year ago

My condolences to the family from my son and myself. Sandra was a wonderful lady who we met through coaching of my sons baseball.

Tom Liszt
1 year ago

Our deepest sympathies from all of the Welland Pelham Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers.
Thank you Sandra, for all that you have done for us so selflessly. You were beloved by so many and we will miss you deeply.

Ruth Rood-Daigneault
1 year ago

My sympathy to Sue, and Pete and Truis on the loss of this beloved lady.

Henry and Lorraine Klein
1 year ago

Our Condolences to you Sue and your tribute to Sandra was very well done ….You are in our thoughts and prayers

Jackie Anderson
1 year ago

Sue, my deepest sympathies are with you. Your strength, grace and love were with Sandra until the end.

Denise Trottier
1 year ago

So Beautiful, you will treasure Sandra in your Hearts forever. My Condolences to you Sue and Families.

Carole and Norm McLeod
1 year ago

Beautiful tribute, Sue….a pleasure to have known Sandra.

Carole and Norm McLeod

The Laskey family
1 year ago

Sandra was an amazing Woman ,she touched the lives of everyone in our neighborhood ,when our mother was here she always stopped in to chat with mom n always checked in on her n did what ever she could for her ,I know we aren’t the only family here she helped ,she did somuch for her community and she will be greatly missed by all that knew n loved her

Deanna & Rick Brown
1 year ago

Sandra was always such a bright and lively presence in our neighbourhood. A wonderful next door neighbour, and a selfless and giving person to all who crossed her path. She will be greatly missed, and her absence will be acutely felt around Summerlea. Our condolences to Sue and the entire family.


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