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Sandra (Sandy) Grimes

January 3, 2022 | 14 comments

Sandra (Sandy) Grimes, 80, of Holmen, died Saturday, January 1st, 2022 at Mayo Health System.

She was born on February 23, 1941 to Orville and Eleanor (Thompson) Stein, in La Crosse. She lived on the North side of La Crosse and attended Roosevelt Elementary School until approximately 1951, when the family moved to the farm on Hwy V in Holmen. She then attended the Long Coulee School through 8th grade. She graduated from Holmen High School in 1959. She married Jack Grimes on June 4th, 1960.

She will be missed by her children, John (Steven) Grimes of Minneapolis, MN, Sharon (Jerry, Sr.) Mason of West Salem, WI, Steven (Jennifer) Grimes of Reedsburg, WI, and Samina (Jessica) Grimes of La Crosse, WI; her grandchildren Jerry Jr. (Lyndon) Mason of Steger, IL, Heather (Kimberlee) Mason of West Salem, WI, Amanda (Connor) Grimes of Eagle River, AK, Charles Grimes of Coos Bay, OR; Sydney Grimes of Onalaska, WI; great grandchildren Lydia Mason and Emerson Martini, Micah Grimes and Nolan Mason; her sister Viola Wallace; the Grimes and Stein family nieces and nephews, and the additional beloved family of Jack Grimes including Carol.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents, her brothers, and her niece Lori.

Sandy was a long standing member of Holmen Lutheran Church, a loyal 4-H supporter and adult leader, and a Holmen Homemaker. Sandy had a love for sewing, an incredible talent she shared with her family through many homemade bags, blankets and clothing items. Her and Jack supported their children through years of 4-H memberships, multiple 4-H trips, an international exchange program, a military career, multiple years of college attendance, theatre performances, and through life’s ups and downs. Both Sandy and Jack were incredibly generous with their time and love for all of their family, community and the Coulee Region. Sandy will miss her trips to the casino, monthly luncheons with her Holmen High School classmates, her friendship with Joann Moe and so many others.

Family and close friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska, WI., with a time to gather beginning at 10:30 am.  People are also welcome to attend virtually via Zoom using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955107347?pwd=UlFrLzVqeFJZUmo1MlRrUFlxbktnUT09



  1. Karla Deichelbohrer-Toppen

    Steve and Sam- your Mom was a great lady. I enjoyed many 4-H trips your parents chaperoned. And Sandy always had a wit about her. My sympathies to you and your families.

  2. Cheryl (Grimes ) VanOmmeran

    I’ll always remember visiting my Aunt Sandy and Uncle Jack throughout my years of growing up and into my adult years . Sandy and Jack were always so welcoming and warm . I will miss you Aunt Sandy .

    Love Cheryl (Grimes )& Scott VanOmmeran

  3. Donna Gallup

    We are sending deepest sympathies to the entire family and especially Steve and Samina who we know best. I knew both of your parents and there are no words to describe their generous and kind treatment of everyone they knew. I ran into your Mom last holiday season in the grocery store and enjoyed our conversation. We have lost a great lady. Sending warm hugs and wishing you a celebration of her life and never ending good memories. I will be thinking of you all and praying for God to wrap you in His love and comfort. Sincerely, Donna Gallup and family

  4. Jeff and Diane (Stein) Tooley

    So very sorry to hear that Sandy passed away, think of them often almost daily as I make the turn from V onto TT. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  5. Ron & Marilou Ramsett

    A sad morning…we have so many memories of working together and raising our family through 4H. Our deepest sympathy to you.

  6. LaVerne Jonas

    So sad to hear the passing of Sandy. We were neighbors in Long Coulee when we grew up. Great lady that will be missed. Our condolences to the family.

  7. Jeannie

    Love you guys,. Life will never be the same

  8. Renee M Conniff

    Please accept our sincere condolences. We will miss her presence and sharing family history with us at the McCormick reunions.


    Sharon , Jerry and family..I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers

    Kelly and Greg

  10. Louie and Dolores Baytan

    We met Jack and Sandy when they visited Steve and Jenny in Alaska. Amazing parents and grandparents.

    Our deepest condolences to the whole family. We will miss Sandy as we miss Jack.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
 May her soul,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  11. Karen Wallace & family

    Sharon; Jerry, & family: With Deepest Sympathy in your loss of your Mom and loved one. ❤ Your Mom was a very nice lady. I remember talking to her at Shopko. You’re in our thoughts; prayers, & hearts.

  12. Bertelsen Janet

    So sorry to hear about Sandy’s passing.
    She was always a joy to visit with.
    God Bless and peace to your family!
    Ron & Janet Bertelsen

  13. Kay Mach

    Deepest sympathy to the whole family. Worked with Sandy At Shopko for many years. May she Rest In Peace.

  14. Lois Kathan

    I fondly remember having Samina and Steve as students at Holmen High School . And I remember how supportive their mother was. Please accept my sincere condolences.


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