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Sandra Ann Bagniewski Pehler

May 15, 2021 | 11 comments

Sandra Ann Bagniewski Pehler May 24, 1960 – May 15, 2021

Sandy age 60 of Holmen passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a courageous 2 year battle with ovarian cancer.  Sandy was a life long resident of the LaCrosse area where she was baptized, confirmed and married in the Lutheran faith.  She graduated from Central High School in 1978 and was a 41 year employee of Gundersen Health System where she worked as an Administrative Professional.

She is preceded in death by her father Robert Bagniewski and brother-in-law Terry Wieman.

Sandy is survived by her children Audrah Pehler (Drew Waterhouse) and Alison Strand (Brandon), grandsons Maddox & Kipton Waterhouse,  mother Marilyn Bagniewski, sisters Cindy (Tom) Goodwin, Deb (Mark) Garson, Sue (Trygve Zielke) Wieman, Pam (Steve) Craker, brothers Ron Bagniewski, Dan (Lori) Bagniewski, and her ex husband Larry Pehler.  Sandy is further survived by nieces and nephews Mike Garson, Danielle Weber, Sean Bagniewski, Jessica Peterson, Gabrielle Bagniewski, Bobby Bagniewski, Molly Wieman, Jack Wieman, Sage Wieman and Mason Craker.

Visitation for family and friends will be held May 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Coulee Region Cremation Group in Onalaska.  A private family service will be held.

Special thanks to Doctors Harmon, Benden, Shapiro, Veglahn, Kyla Lee, Hospice nurse Amy and the rest of the Hospice Staff of Gundersen Health System, and Lisa Gundersen for the wonderful care that was given to Sandy.

Sandy’s greatest joy was time spent with her girls and grandsons and all of you, her family, friends, and co-workers.  Sandy treasured her many family vacations to Walt Disney World in Florida, annual winter trips to Arizona, girls weekends, annual Grandma camp and cabin time adventures in Birchwood, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Gundersen Hospice or the Gundersen Medical Foundation.




  1. Shelley Molzahn Kallenbach

    So sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I have fond memories of working concession stands at ball tournaments and cleaning house boat rentals. All the school events we did together. Your Mom, sister, daughter was a very hard worker and super sweet. I will miss her and offer condolences to entire family.

  2. Jenelle Lee

    Sandy was always upbeat and positive when I would see her at work. I was also lucky enough to see her in Birchwood occasionally. Her smile would put a smile on my face! She will be missed by all those that knew her! Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace Sandy! 🙏❤

  3. Edie Kubicek

    Sandy will forever be in my heart. I was part of her Gundersen family in the D.O.N. Go eat as many salted caramels as you wish Sandy. Thank you for bringing joy to my days at work. I am a better person after knowing you for years. Dance up there with Cheryl. Love you, Edie Sue RN

  4. Katie Weisbecker

    Sandy was a treasure of a person. I knew her from the Float Pool and the many get togethers we had. She was always smiling and ready to help others in need. Such a beautiful soul. I have no doubt she is surrounded by God’s beauty and perfection in Heaven! Thinking of the many friends and family that will be missing her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. An amazing person gone too soon. <3

    • Monica

      I’m so sorry to the Bagniewski family. My prayers and condolences. I didn’t know Sandy but feel like I did thru her tother Ronnie. He’s a very near and dear friend to me. Dont know what I’d do without him. You sure were loved! RIP Sandy

  5. Denise K Nicholson

    I am so sorry hear about Sandy’s passing. I have worked with her at Gundersen for many many years and I am grateful that she was a part of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. God bless you Sandy.

  6. Michelle Henslin

    Audrah, Drew: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this very difficult time

    • Ruth Dregne

      So sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. She was such a special part of my time working in the Dept. Of Nursing at Gundersen. Her kind and great demeanor made work more fun! She was a hard worker and it was a joy to spend time working on projects together. Praying that God will comfort you all. She will be missed!!

  7. Diana Hauser

    So sad to say this she was such a wonderful person I know she will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  8. Kay Zibrowski

    I got to know Sandy during my time in the DoN. She was a tough, no-nonsense, hard-working, family-loving woman who was great at her job. Always loved walking in and talking with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.
    With deepest sympathy,

  9. Barbara & Sheldon Nickel

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We were so blessed to know Sandy and my heart breaks for the grandkids who she loved so much. They will never know what a special person she was. I truly believe she will be looking down and become their guardian angel. All our love prayers


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