|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1948|
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 2013|
Funeral services for Sandra M. Carter, age 65 of Norfolk, Nebraska, will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk, with Pastor Justin Wiese officiating.
Sandra died Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Sandra M. (Wagner) Carter, daughter of Albert G. and Monica Rose (Torczon) Wagner, was born March 4, 1948, at Norfolk, Nebraska. Sandra grew up on the family farm, northeast of Wee Town, near Pierce, Nebraska. She attended rural school near the family home, riding her pony to school when weather permitted. Sandra truly loved attending rural school, as in those days of her childhood, all of the students, Kindergarten through the eighth grade, were all in one class, in one building. She enjoyed helping the younger students with their class work, and many happy memories were made in that little one-room school. Sandra later attended and graduated from Pierce High School with the Class of 1966. In the early 1980's, Sandra would go on to further her education by attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, where she earned a degree in computer science.
On August 8, 1978, Sandra was married to James Preston Carter at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norfolk, Nebraska. The young couple had first met while attending a Single Wheeler's square dance at the Pleasant Valley Hall, south of Norfolk. Sandra and James made their home in Norfolk, and have lived in the same house for all of their 35 years of marriage.
Besides being a wife and cherished companion to James, Sandra also had a life-long career in customer service. She began working retail sales at Gibson's in Norfolk, and later at Sears. Sandra then went to work at Greenline Equipment, and will be fondly remembered by many of the customers that became her friends while employed at the John Deere dealership in Norfolk. After her stint with Greenline, Sandra was employed by Credit Bureau Services in Norfolk for 20 years, most recently serving in the capacity of Receptionist.
Sandra was always one to be involved in her community, and with her God-given talent as a singer and musician, brought much joy and inspiration to those around her. As a young woman, Sandra and her sister sang and played rhythm guitar with Bud Van Fleet and his Sandhills Troubadors band. She also competed at various country music festivals around the region, sang in the Elkhorn Valley Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, and was an active member of the St. John's Lutheran Church Majesty Choir. Besides using her own talents to promote the arts, Sandra also devoted her time to selling season ticket memberships for the Norfolk Community Theatre, and also attended and supported countless performances hosted by the Norfolk Concert Association. Sandra was also a tireless supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Norfolk Area Relay For Life, as she and James both were 25-year cancer survivors.
Spirituality was a major part of Sandra's life. She was baptized and confirmed in the Sacred Heart Parish of Norfolk. Sandra would later become a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk.
In her spare time, Sandra found much enjoyment in crafting, quilting, and reading. She and James also revisited a portion of Sandra's childhood, returning to her roots on the farm, running an emu ranch on her family's land for eight years. Sandra was a loving, caring, spiritual person, who expressed and extended kindness to everyone that came into her life. Her compassionate and Christian nature will forever be cherished by all who knew and loved her.
Sandra is survived by her loving husband of over 35 years, James Carter of Norfolk, Nebraska; sister, Shirley (husband Dennis) Hassler of Henderson, Nevada; niece, Rolenda Hassler, and great-niece, Holly; nephew, Robert Hassler; as well as numerous cousins, extended family, and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Monica Wagner; and twin brothers in infancy.
Albert Gustav Wagner (1907 - 1978)
Minnie Rose Torczon Wagner (1908 - 1996)
Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 29, 2013
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Added: Oct. 29, 2013