ESCANABA, Mich. — Sandra Marlette McKee, 79, died Sept. 2, 2022, at Mount View Care Center in Wausau, Wisconsin, after a long battle with dementia.
She was born on February 2, 1943 in Frederic, Wisconsin, to Andrew D. and Ruby M. Anderson of Clam Falls. The youngest of nine children growing up on their family farm, Sandra learned early on the values of unwavering family love and support, compassion for others, a strong work ethic and personal endurance; values she embodied throughout her life.
After graduating from Frederic High School, Sandra entered nursing school and began a fulfilling career as a registered nurse. In July 1968, she married Dennis L. McKee in Clam Falls. She and Dennis shared life for 54 years, raising three children and living in Lewis, Wisconsin, Escanaba, Michigan, and Marshfield, Wisconsin. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba. .
Sandra was best known as a darling and devoted caregiver, both in her family life and in her career. She was a nurse for 43 years, working mostly in the medical units of hospitals, and took great pride in her time as a wound care team leader and instructor. Even in the later stages of dementia, Sandra could often be found standing by the nurses’ station in her care center, supervising “responsible nurse” keeping an eye on the staff and even offering to take shifts. In her free time, Sandra enjoyed spending time with her family, camping, playing cards and games, travelling, reading, playing the piano, making albums or just being in nature.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald, Arvid, Douglas and Roger; sisters, Marion Lundquist, Audrey Branstad and Lois Djock.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis; daughters, Jennifer McKee and Kelly McKee; son, Kyle; sister, Norma (Kenneth) Zittleman; sisters-in-law, Joan Anderson, Pat Anderson and Cheryl Anderson; brother-in-law, Charles Djock; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Gardenside Crossing at Mount View Care Center within North Central Health Care in Wausau. Their expertise in the care of people with dementia, their compassion for the well-being of the residents, and the kindness and support given to family members were exceptional and will not be forgotten.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Skradski family funeral home in Escanaba. Funeral services will follow visitation Thursday at noon at the Skradski family funeral home in Escanaba with Pastor Laura Feliciano of Central United Methodist Church officiating. Another Celebration of Life service is planned in Lewis, Wis., at a later date. Details will be forthcoming. Contributions on Sandra’s behalf can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. The Skadski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are helping to arrange. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com