Sandra Thomas (nee Yunker) passed away on Friday March 31st surrounded by her loving and devoted family. Sandy was the beloved mother to daughter Danielle (Tim) Penman and son Daniel (Julie) Thomas. She was loved and cherished by her grandchildren Patrick Penman, Andrew Penman, Nathaniel Thomas, and Hunter Thomas. She was a beloved sister to James, Michael, Thomas, and Richard Yunker. She will be missed by her loving niece Rachel (Joseph) Blossom and great nieces Audrianna Canzater and Julia Rose Blossom. She will be remembered and is loved by her cousins and extended family.
Sandy was born in July 1948 in Chicago to her loving parents James and Roselyn Yunker who proceeded her in death. She grew up in Old Town. She attended Saint Michael High School where she created lifelong friendships with her dear friends Louise (nee Tipre) Beck, Diane (nee Gerambia) Valente, and Christine (Lasswell) McNichols along with many others. After high school Sandy started working at Cosmopolitan Bank and then SRA/IBM which she later left after marriage to become a stay-at-home mother to raise her children. She went back to work in 1985 for the City of Chicago and remained there until she retired in 2011. She created lifelong relationships with some of her colleagues from City Hall and stayed in touch with many of them after her retirement.
Sandy enjoyed life and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends. Whether it was attending her grandchildren’s sports game or orchestra concerts, floating on noodles in the pool, girl’s trips to the casino, playing card games at the kitchen table, or simply having a movie night in with her grandkids, she had fun and created everlasting memories that her family and friends will cherish forever. She will always be loved, and she holds a special place in the hearts of her daughter and son.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. at The Great Escape located at 9540 W. Irving Park Rd. in Schiller Park. Interment private. In Lieu of flowers a donation in honor of Sandy can be made to the Advocate Lutheran General Obstetric Bereavement Fund at https://www.advocateaurorahealth.org/foundations/ or Baby Spirit Foundation at https://www.babyspirit.org
Arrangements by Cooney Funeral Home. For information please call 847-685-1002 or visit http://www.cooneyfuneralhome.com