Sandra Kay Lauer

Peoria – Sandra Kay Lauer, 78, of Peoria, passed away at 3:58 AM on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Unity Point Health Proctor in Peoria. She was born on September 26, 1939 in Peoria to Ralph and Dorothy (Stever) Hoepfner.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Mesch in Chicago; seven nieces, Pamela Cain, Sheryl Meyer, Kristin Burke, Rebecca Butler, Marnie Koeppel, Michelle Mathison, and Carrie Comerford; four grandnephews; seven grandnieces; two great-grandnieces; and her best friends, Jeff and John Heintzman.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Sharon Comerford.

Sandra attended Woodruff High School and graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She obtained an MS at Roosevelt University, and an advanced degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. She was a TWA airline attendant and travelled extensively, taught school in the Chicago Public Schools and worked as a counselor at Human Service Center in Peoria, IL. After retirement she resided in Peoria, IL.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded with Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Memorials can be made to Peoria County Humane Society. To make online condolences you may go to

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4 Responses to Sandra Kay Lauer

  1. Lynn Bergstrom says:

    So sorry to learn of Sandy’s passing. It was a pleasure to have known her and taken care of Lilly. When Sandy could no longer care for her, Lilly was adopted by a wonderful couple who loved Lilly & cared for her until her unexpected passing on Nov 8 of this year. Lilly loved her new owners, their cats and trips in the car to FL. Sandy so appreciated Lilly having a loving family and looked forward to the pictures sent her from time to time. They are reunited now and we can be happy they were a part of our lives here on Earth.

  2. NANCY C LONG says:

    Sandy was a great friend and co-worker. I admired the way she cared for her mother at home while still working full time. And the way she helped so many people at New Leaf and White Oaks Knolls. Her influence is still felt in many lives, including her beloved nieces!

  3. NANCY C LONG says:

    See above.

  4. John F. Gilligan, Ph.D. President Emeritus, Human Service Center says:

    I recently became aware of Sandra Lauer’s passing. She worked for the Human Service Center while I was president and CEO. Her services to the numerous clients she served helped them to live better and more fruitful lives. Sandy served this community well by her work and we are grateful for her contributions in making a difference in the lives of the people that received her assistance. On behalf of all those who worked with her during those years I offer our sympathies to her family.

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