Sandra (Hanson) Gerber
July 29, 1942 ~ July 30, 2014
Following a brief battle with leukemia, our dear Sandi passed on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA, surrounded by her family. Sandra Lee Hanson, born July 29, 1942 in Portland, OR, was the first child of Leon and Lorraine (Ritter) Hanson. Soon after her birth, the family returned to Wenatchee, enabling Sandi to celebrate 72 birthdays as a Wenatchee area resident. She attended Sunnyslope School through the ninth grade, graduating from Wenatchee High School with the Class of 1960. At age 14, she began working at the Fishnet Drive-in, owned by her uncle, Merle Hanson. Sandi attended Central Washington University in 1960-61. In 1966, Sandi married Donald L. Gerber. Don died suddenly December 18, 1978, at their home in East Wenatchee, and “Sports Mom” Sandi proudly supported son, Kent (EHS ‘80) and daughter, Amanda (EHS ‘86) in their school and sports activities. From childhood, retail was her passion and subsequently Sandi was employed at Zittings, The Craftsman, Columbia Federal Savings Bank, Key Bank, retiring from Wenatchee Office Supply. She was a member of Celebration Lutheran Church in East Wenatchee.
In 1988, Sandi met her life’s journey companion, Michael Kelly. In addition to her love for cooking, entertaining, gardening, and craft hobbies, Mike and Sandi shared mutual interests in antique cars and airplanes. They were strong supporters of the Wenatchee Valley Antique Auto Club, and participated in the Northwest chapter of the National Willys Overland Knight Registry. Polishing and perfecting their Willys Knights, they joined other WOKR members from all over the U.S. to convene for National meets, the most recent at Waynesboro, VA. In conjunction with car hobbies, they enjoyed flying their Cessna 182, meeting friends at numerous fly-ins throughout the northwest. In 2000, Mike and Sandi designed and built a “hangar home” at Indian Hills Airpark, Salome, AZ as their winter getaway. Recently, they started building their “forever home” in East Wenatchee, looking forward to its completion in a year or two.
Survivors include daughter, Amanda Gerber of Seattle, WA; son, Kent Gerber (Ellen) of Bothell, WA; granddaughters, Laura and Camille Gerber, both of Bothell, WA; her very best friend, Mike Kelly of East Wenatchee, WA; her sister, Susan Vonnegut of Glenview, IL; brothers, Steven Hanson (Jeanne) of Wenatchee, WA, and Christopher Hanson (Lee) of Orondo, WA; and special Sunnyslope friends, Susan Peters Penning and Margaret Conrad Hurley. Sandi was predeceased by her parents; an infant sister, Judith; her husband, Donald L. Gerber; and brother-in-law, John K. Vonnegut.
The family wishes to thank the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, especially Dr. Julie Smith for her compassion and expertise, and fourth floor oncology gals and third floor hospital staff for the wonderful care they gave Sandi throughout her final journey.
A Celebration of Sandi’s Life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made in her name to the Wenatchee Salvation Army or your favorite charity.