Sandra Lynn Burmeister, 65, of Parma, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. at Cascadia of Nampa. Sandy had battled Bahcet’s Disease which caused numerous strokes, vasculitis, and several other health complications over the last several months.
Sandy was born to Robert Leo Webb, Sr and Patricia Ann (Doty) Webb on Friday, August 13, 1954 at 8:00 p.m. She was born at Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. Her father was present at her birth but was not allowed to see her in the hospital. He was sent away for two weeks with the Naval Air Reserve and did not get to hold his firstborn daughter until his return. Sandy’s first years of her life were spent in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to Washington, Illinois when she was 3. Sandy’s family moved to Metamora, Illinois her Freshman year of high school, where she also graduated. She attended two years of college at Illinois Central College.
Sandy married Donald (Don) Ray Kupferschmid in June 1972. Their daughter, Christina (Tina) Lynn (Kupferschmid) Pennington, was born in October 1974 in Peoria, Illinois. Don and Sandy divorced in 1975.
Sandy married William (Bill) Andrew Burmeister in July 1977. Bill and Sandy moved to Parma, Idaho in 1979 with his son, Josh, and her daughter, Tina. Their son, Jacob (Jake) William Burmeister, was born in July 1980 in Nampa, Idaho. Their daughter, Lisl Ann (Burmeister) Smith, was born in August 1983 in Nampa, Idaho. Bill and Sandy divorced in 1986.
Though Sandy did not choose to be independent and a single mother, she quickly chose to set a good example for her children and to do her best to provide for them. She worked full-time and put herself through school at ITT Tech and graduated with a Clerical Degree. Sandy was very successful at numerous customer service and administrative assistant positions over a 30-year period. After her last car accident in 2016, Sandy worked part-time from home.
Nathan Leigh taught both Tina and Jake in elementary school. It wasn’t until Sandy and Nathan both ended up at the same wedding reception in October 2004 that they reconnected. Nathan sent a hand-written letter to Tina to enquire about Sandy and ‘ask permission’ to ask Sandy on a date. The two started “officially” dating February 2005. Who would have guessed that it would take her 35+ years to realize she had already met the love of her life? Nathan and Sandy were sweethearts from then on.
Sandy had great love for her parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Sandy was blessed to have three children by birth, and many, many more by love. Her laugh was loud, recognizable, and contagious. God sprinkled a little extra on her megawatt smile. She loved to spend time playing cards or dice, shopping, reading, and reminiscing. Her favorite place to be was with her loved ones or at the Oregon Coast. Sandy loved all holidays, and especially loved Christmas. Everyone had to believe in Santa and a steadfast rule was “NO GUESSING” gifts. She loved to give gifts and share in the excitement.
Other than her children, her greatest joys were her grandchildren, Lucas and Bradly (Pennington). Sandy’s whole face would light up with love any time her boys visited. She took them out for “Grandma Date Night” for their birthdays. Sandy lived and breathed for her kids and grandkids. It was with great joy and pride that she was able to attend Lucas & Jamie’s wedding in June.
Sandy had a great love for animals. She had many dogs over the years. Two very special dogs were her Paco and Bella. She loved them like they were tiny humans. She also had a grand-fur-baby, Marley (Smith), who passed just days before her. Between the constant companionship of dogs and her enormous collection of frogs, she kept herself surrounded in happiness.
Sandy was proceeded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her parents, Bob and Pat Webb, her siblings, Rob Webb, Mark (Judy) Webb, Tammy (John) Harder, and Tracie Blair; her children, Tina (Kenny) Pennington, Jake (Robin) Burmeister, and Lisl (Colin) Smith; her grandchildren, Lucas (Jamie) Pennington, and Bradly Pennington. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and those who she counted as family whether by blood or not.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 3:00 p.m. at Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church (302 North 3rd Street, Parma, Idaho) with a reception and meal following at Anderson Hall.
Memorial donations may be made in Sandy’s name to:
Carsen Pennington, her great-nephew
American Behcet’s Disease Association (ABDA)
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