Sandra Kay (Kupka) Andrus of Cresco, Iowa, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2020, surrounded by her family.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Jacob Rouse officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Sandra was born to Ervin and LaVonne Kupka of Cresco, Iowa, on July 25, 1945. She graduated from Crestwood High School. She later met and married Jerome Andrus of Cresco on August 3, 1963 and they later divorced. Sandra held many positions in her career. She was a secretary for Farm Service and the Cresco Hospital, a teacher’s aide for many years in the school system, and she was a baker’s assistant for several years. She taught catechism (CCD) for over 20 years. Up until the time of her retirement, she had been a certified nursing assistant and a part-time substitute teacher.
Sandra’s hobbies included reading books; she had her own library in her home, craft making, crocheting, dining out, and long car rides. She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren.
Sandra is survived by her two children: John Andrus (fiancé Donna Shampine) of New Port, North Carolina, Suzanne (Dennis) Hyke of Preston, MN. Six grandchildren; Andrew Hyke, Rachel Hyke of Preston, MN; Jacob Hyke, of Canton, MN; Isaiah Hyke of Harmony, MN; Justin Andrus of Decorah, IA, and Jaimison Andrus of Boise, Idaho. She is also survived by one great-grandchild, two nieces, one step-great-granddaughter, and her brothers surviving David (Betty) Kupka of Waukon, Iowa Darwin ( Jackie) Kupka of Decorah, Iowa Dean ( special friend Rhonda) Kupka Cresco, Iowa
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