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Sandra Lucy (DeSimone) Wiegman passed away at age 82 in her home on September 14th, after a short but vigorous battle with cancer. By her side at the time of her death were her husband and two of her children.
Sandy is survived by her husband and life partner of 35 years, Richard Wiegman. She is also survived by her former spouse John Nicklaw and their four children Jack Nicklaw, David Nicklaw, Sean Nicklaw, and Stacey (Nicklaw) Faught, as well as her ten grandchildren. Sandy is also survived by both of her siblings, older sister Joan (DeSimone) Wishard, and younger sister Anita (DeSimone) Bazar, and the many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & grand-nephews she loved so much.
Sandy is preceded in death by her father, Joseph DeSimone, December 25, 2002, and her mother Helen (Gentile) DeSimone, January 30, 1948.
Sandy was born to Joe & Helen on January 18, 1940, in Schenectady, New York. She graduated Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady in 1958. Shortly thereafter she began a career with the U.S. Department of Defense and was given an opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles. She married her first husband, John, in Schenectady in 1960, and they headed to California and began a family.
As her children grew she returned to work full-time. After an accomplished career of nearly 30 years with the Department of Defense she retired in 1999 as an Administrative Contracting Officer.
Throughout her life Sandy was regularly fully engaged in her community. Favorite activities over the years involved social clubs, card groups, volunteer charity work, and of course her kids’ activities and sports programs. She loved music, books, and outings of all kinds. Her absolute favorite time of year was The Holidays, and she relished spending time with Family & Friends.
Sandy loved to be busy. The word “retirement” was not defined as such in Sandy’s vocabulary, and those Golden Years were when she showed us just how busy she could really be! There was never a dull moment in Sandy’s world, and her calendar was always bursting at the seams.
When she wasn’t celebrating holidays or organizing get-togethers with family & friends, her favorite pastime of all was Travel with a capital “T.” Sandy loved seeing the world and was fearless in her choices of destinations, with a genuine desire to experience the local culture. One of the greatest treasures she leaves behind is multiple bookcases of photo albums and scrapbooks chronicling her amazing adventures.
A one-word obituary for Sandy might be “Enthusiastic!” She made the absolute most of her 82 trips around the sun, and that is a great comfort to those of us she left behind. And although she leaves a huge vacancy in the daily lives of those she touched, she is now one of the beautiful angels watching over us and participating from above in our lives here on earth.
We love you and miss you and are so grateful for the time we had with you, and for how enriched our lives are because of you!