Life Story / Obituary


Sandra Jean Steimel (Richter), affectionately known as Sandy, San, and Stymie, age 72, of Traverse City passed away on May 31, 2024, in her home with her family by her side. Sandy was born October 27, 1951, in Traverse City; the daughter of Frances and Arthur Egeler, and Nicholas Richter. Sandy was preceded in death by her first husband, Ken Steimel; her life partner and best friend, Rod Weathers; her Father, Nicholas Richter; Mother, Frances Egeler; and her loyal canine, Lusy.

Sandy is survived by her children, Jason Kiessel (Keri Kiessel), Molly Steimel (Chad Ely), and bonus daughter, Mandy Rountree; father, Art Egeler; sisters, Lynn Richter and Nicki Richter; brother, Gary Richter (Mary Richter); brother-in-law, Carl Duane Weathers; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and her beloved cat, Bugs, and grand-dog, Sheba Marie.

Sandy lived an active life within Traverse City. After Sandy graduated from Traverse City Central High School, she had many career avenues including; progress cleaners, facility health caretaker, prep and soup cook, however her most rewarding work was at Community Drug in Interlochen.

Sandy had an infectious smile, a heart of gold, and a contagious bubbly personality. Her one-liners and hilarious jokes will continue to make us all smile and laugh, and that is what she would want. Sandy spent most of her spare time doing the things she loved most; thrifting for treasure and clothes, coloring, and shopping for house plants that require no watering. Sandy loved making memories of having lunch dates with family and friends. Sandy found her true passion was in gardening. Her backyard was a testament to her fondness for planting beautiful flowers in her flower beds. Within her flower beds lie her countless flamingos and other fun garden accessories that she enjoyed dearly. Sandy’s love of gardening made the world a more beautiful place. Sandy recently enjoyed spending time with her friend and caretaker, Shelly Walter, going on shopping adventures, redecorating her home, coloring, and puzzling.

Sandy’s infectious, colorful personality and dedication to her family and friends will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

A memorial service will be held on June 29, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church; 321 N St Marys Ave, Suttons Bay, Michigan. Luncheon to follow at the church.

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