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Sandy (Sandra) Kay Kopp

March 18, 2021 | 12 comments

Sandy (Sandra) Kay Kopp, 68, of La Crosse, passed away suddenly on March 16, 2021.

She was born on June 11, 1952 to Roger and Lorraine (Olson) Paul. She married David Sacia on October 28, 1972 they had two beautiful daughters, and later divorced. Sandy married Kevin Kopp on September 3, 1989. They successfully ran Wason’s Supper Club in Galesville, WI from 1995 to 2003 as a family business and later divorced. Sandy developed long-term and meaningful relationships with their employees and customer base.

Sandy grew up in Trempealeau and attended Healy Memorial, she was an active participant in band and was an accomplished trumpet player, she graduated in 1970. This explains her love of music.

Sandy spent many summers fishing with her Dad on the Mississippi River, they had a very special bond and she missed him dearly over the years. Sandy was artistic and had an eye for decorating, her home was always beautiful. Sandy loved animals and had a unique bond with all of her pets and all animals she encountered, her most recent prized kitty was Jasper, a rescue who needed her as much as she needed him.

Sandy loved her family, especially her first grandson, Jacob. They had a strong bond that will transcend time and they shared countless special memories together. She also had a handsome grandson Marcus who she cherished and most recently a beautiful baby great-granddaughter Ava Rose, who was a godsend to the family. Sandy and her brother Michael shared a lifelong bond and she loved him dearly.

Sandy was kind and generous and had an amazing sense of humor, she got along well with everyone. She made everyone feel special and valued her lifelong friendships as well as new ones.

(from Jill) My mom was a very spiritual person and I would like to share just one of her favorite passages:

To the King that rules forever, who will never die, who cannot be seen, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:17

Sandy is survived by her brother, Michael (Mary) Paul of Auburndale, WI; her daughters, Jill Sacia (Terry) of Trempealeau, WI; Lida Sacia (Bo) of Marietta, GA; grandchildren Jacob (Tanya) and Marcus, great-granddaughter Ava; and her dedicated cousin Greg Paul.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, her most favorite, special and wonderful aunt, Beverly Paul, and her dear friend, Jennie Blades. As her daughter (Jill), I want to personally thank Judy, Stacey and Angie for their kindness and support of my mom the past year.

A simple Celebration of Life open house will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 10:00 am to Noon at the Gathering Place-Coulee Cremation, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska WI 54650.




  1. Julie Jacobs

    I am so sorry for your loss, life is very special and your mom, grandma, great grandma was taken to early from her life on this earth. Rest in peace Sandy.

  2. Lauren Fennigkoh

    I will forever be thankful for the wonderful memories I have with Sandy. Thinking of you all, and may she Rest In Peace.

  3. Peggy Sasser

    We shared so many happy times. No one could make me laugh like you could. I thank God for blessing my life with a wonderful friend like you. You were always so caring and kind and I hope that right now you and your dad are out on the lake fishing by the beautiful Victorian House you dreamed of. Be at peace my dear friend. My heartfelt condolences to her family, of whom she was so proud. God bless you all and may He give us strength as we grieve the loss of our dear Sandy.

  4. Debbie (Leavitt) Bloss

    Sandy was a childhood friend. We always had great fun with maybe just a little mischief. Sandy had an easy smile and a hardy laugh. She loved her children with all her heart. My heart goes out to her children and grandchildren. She will surely be missed.

  5. Kate Malles-Jacobson

    Sandy and I grew up in Trempealeau together. We were cheerleaders for the Trempealeau Bears. As we all grew up we went our ways, but never forgot the good times we shared growing up together in a small town. My deepest condolences to her family.

  6. Paul Becker

    So sorry to hear of the family’s loss. I graduated with Mike. I have fond memories as a child of Mike & Sandy❣️ Thoughts & prayers to all.🙏

  7. Joy Jean Critzman

    I grew up in Trempealeau also and lived kitty corner from her. Lots of childhood memories. Rest in peace Sandy. ❤

  8. Sandy Gunderson

    So sorry for your loss. Many prayers to Sandy and her family,….

  9. Steve Kiedrowski

    Sandy was a great person. I would talk to her on occasion when I saw her in LaCrosse. She was always smiling. We graduated together from THS in 1970. RIP Sandy.

  10. Larry Adams

    Sandy and I attended school together in Trempealeau all 12 years. I have good memories of her especially marching together in the trumpet line in parades and in band. She was always better than me of course.

  11. Sue Ekern

    Sandy and me were childhood friends and neighbors. We had many sleepovers at each other’s houses.I remember getting look alike outfits for our annual school picnic. Our grandchildren would just cringe at that, but we thought we were cool! May loving memories ease the pain in your hearts during this difficult time. RIP Sandy, you are loved.

  12. Dave Lakey

    As our class of 1970 was small, less than 50 students, we all were pretty good friends…Sandy was one of those friends. All of us knew each other’s parents and siblings so it seems to be more of a loss of a family member when one of us pass on. God bless you Sandy and I pray for comfort for your family!


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