Sandra “Sandy” Kay Loken
It is with profound sadness that the family of Sandra “Sandy” Kay Loken announces her passing on July 20, 2019 at the age of 73 after a short battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI.
Sandy was born in Winona, MN on January 7, 1946 to Louis and Adeline Luksa. From childhood, she had a love for the outdoors and would share many memories of fishing with her father, or as she referred to him as “Pa.” On March 14, 1967, she married Stuart Loken and raised two daughters in Holmen,WI and remained a resident of the area until her passing. Sandy and Stuart later divorced. Sandy was a long time employee at Netwal Dental Lab, where she had many lifelong friends, although she would say that the greatest part of going to work was knowing that she would be joined everyday by her youngest daughter, Nikki.
Sandy had a way of finding the beauty in the simple things. In a busy world, she had the ability to slow life down and focus on the things that truly mattered. She was very fortunate to be able to take several tropical vacations to the Caribbean, where she could easily lose track of time searching for seashells on the beach. When she was home, she enjoyed reading and putting together puzzles. Up until her illness, Sandy enjoyed dancing in the Zumba Gold class at the Onalaska YMCA with her wonderful group of friends. Another pleasure she had was sipping on a McDonald’s hazelnut iced coffee, a true favorite of hers. But more than anything, Sandy loved spending time with her family. Her greatest joy in life were her daughters, sons-in-laws, granddaughters, and great-granddaughter. She would have given everything for their happiness, and did just that until her final days.
Sandy is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Joel) Celey and Nicole (Mark) Craig, granddaughters, Tayler (Zach) Gaines, Shelbi Craig and Sydney Craig, great-granddaughter Adaliah “Addie” Jo Gaines, sister, Janice Howe and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many beloved friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Louis and Adeline Luksa, and two brothers, Wayne Luksa and Butch Luksa.
A memorial service will take place in honor of Sandy on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Prairie Room, at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI, with visitation being held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Ted Dewald will be officiating.
The family would like to express extreme appreciation to the staff at Gundersen Lutheran. And a very special thank you to Bre for making Sandy’s final hours that of comfort and peace. Our family will be forever grateful for her extraordinary compassion.
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