Sandra “Sandy” O’Neil

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Sandra “Sandy” O’Neil, age 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Sauk Prairie Healthcare surrounded by her siblings. She was born Christmas Eve, 1944 in Elroy Wisconsin to the late Josephine (Scott) Dyrud and Llewellyn O’Neil.

Sandy is survived by many loving siblings, (who according to Sandy, she helped raise): Suzie (Cliff) Wilkinson, Kathy (Bill) Sullivan, Patrick (Susan) O’Neil, Alvin Dyrud, and Jeff (Fawn) Dyrud. The true apples of Sandy’s eye were her numerous nieces and nephews who were all spoiled by Sandy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her older sister Sherry (Donald) Fisher and her little brother Kenny Dyrud. It is almost certain each of them welcomed Sandy with open arms and a quick shot of Irish whisky.

Sandy graduated from Sauk Prairie High School. She earned her Certified Nursing degree then received her Nursing Home Administrator’s license, caring for patients at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital and the Nursing Home in Crivitz. Later she worked at American Girl in Middleton and most recently at Kwik Trip in Sauk City.

Sandy had the remarkable gift to make lifelong friends with anyone she met. Whether it be with her workmates at American Girl and Kwik Trip or with the customers with whom she interacted daily, her quick wit and sassy comebacks were guaranteed. Her generous spirit and sincere heart drew people to her like a moth to a flame.

Up until the end, she would entertain the nurses telling them to bring her the good stuff to drink and to knock before entering her room in case she had a man with her. She had the chops and guts to get on stage at amateur stand-up comedy night. We will miss her big heart, infectious laugh, sense of humor, willingness to do the dishes, and the many hats and costumes she wore at work.

Sandy loved the Packers, the Chicago Cubs, making people laugh and telling it as it is, but first and foremost, she loved her family. We will all miss her dearly.

A special thank you to Sauk Prairie Healthcare especially her nurse Makenzie along with Maplewood Village for the care and compassion provided to Sandy.

The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. We ask in Sandy’s honor to love big, to laugh often and just as Sandy would want it….to think of her often.

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