Sandy L. Arens

Sandy L. Arens, age 73, of Yankton, South Dakota, died from heart complications on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Inurnment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton at a later date. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, March 13 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM followed by a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Bryson Auch, Cody Kalmbach, Sara Kalmbach, Connor Kalmbach, Tyler Wesch and Sam Arens.

Sandra Lou Arens was born November 3, 1946 in Parkston, South Dakota to Alfred and Ruby (Jerke) Herr. She grew up on a farm near Tripp, South Dakota and graduated from Tripp High School in 1964. Sandy lived in Yankton and worked at the Human Services Center and then Dale Electronics. On July 3, 1976, she married Vernon Arens at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton. After their marriage, they lived in Mitchell, South Dakota. Sandy ran an in-home daycare for many years and then worked at Holy Family Catholic School. In 1988, they moved back to Yankton and Sandy continued working for the Human Services Center until she retired in 2010. Sandy loved painting, doing arts and crafts, and helped organize Gingerbread Christmas Lane in their neighborhood. She enjoyed Bible study with her friends and loved the company of her pets. Sandy also loved traveling, especially to go visit and take care of her grandchildren.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Vernon Arens of Yankton; three children: Lisa Kalmbach of Doland, SD, Julie (Matt) Wesch of Colon, NE and Jeff (Necol) Arens of Bellevue, NE; nine grandchildren: Cody, Sara, Connor, Bryson, Tyler, Gemma, Elaina, Natalie, and Josephine; one great granddaughter, Avery; brother-in-law, LeRoy (Shirley) Weisser of Delmont, SD; and many nieces, nephews, special friends, and coworkers.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Karen Weisser.


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9 response to "Sandy L. Arens"

  1. By: Linda Wuebben Posted: March 9, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Vernon.
    Linda Wuebben

  2. By: Jessine (Lippert) Dutcher Posted: March 9, 2020

    I met Sandy in weight watchers and she was friends with my step mother .
    What a beautiful women. She will be missed. I am so sorry for her families loss.
    Peace be with you all.

  3. By: Peg & dan schneider Posted: March 9, 2020

    So sorry julie for the loss of your mom. Sounds like she was a very nice lady. God will take care of her now

  4. By: Staceyrenken Posted: March 9, 2020

    I didn’t know Sandy very well but began to know her through my aunt Gloria and also through the pampered chef shows she used to host with me at her home. She was a wonderful woman with a super kind heart and love for people and her pets Sandy will always be remembered by many RIP sweet Sandy

  5. By: Cindy Jensen Posted: March 10, 2020

    My prayers and sympathy to Sandy’s family…..She was a joy to work with and an honor to know.

  6. By: Kelly Hedged Posted: March 12, 2020

    You & Your Family are in my thoughts & Prayers Lisa through these difficult days, weeks, months ahead. Hold on to those memories. Your mother was a beautiful women inside and out. Not sure you remember me Lisa but I used to work with you at HSC. Give me a call when u have a chance. 605-660-9623

  7. By: Peggy Thranum Posted: March 12, 2020

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Deepest sympathy to your and your family.
    Peggy Thranum

  8. By: Theresa Sedlacek Posted: March 12, 2020

    Our paths crossed at the Human Services Center Sandy was always upbeat and, had a positive influence on others and always had a ready smile and chuckle. My sympathy for your loss goes out to Sandy’s family/friends/coworkers. May memories of Sandy comfort all.

  9. By: Randy Heisinger Posted: March 15, 2020

    Bless you Vern! Sandy was so genuine! She will be missed.

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