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Obituary: Sandralee Turner

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 18, 2013

Sandralee Turner
Retired Lunenburg school teacher; 62

LUNENBURG — Sandralee (Minko) Turner, of Lunenburg, passed away June 15, 2013, at her home following a five year battle with ALS. She was 62.

Sandee was born in Fitchburg, July 31, 1950, the daughter of Steven and Dora (Clark) Minko.

She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Elizabeth (Lizz) C. Turner of Lunenburg; her father, Steven Minko of Lunenburg, MA, and Ocean Park, Maine; her sister, Stephanie Marshall and brother-in-law, Bruce Marshall of Ocean Park, Maine; her niece, Kerrylee Sinda and grandnephew, Steven of Houston, Texas. She also leaves her former husband, Stephen Turner of Leominster.

Sandee is now at peace with her Mother, Dora Minko.

Sandee graduated from Lunenburg High School, and received her BA, M.Ed., and CAGS from Fitchburg State University. She taught in the Lunenburg School System for 36 years, retiring in 2008. Sandee loved teaching. She often would remark how lucky she was to have a job where she looked forward going to work every day.

Sandee spent all, or part of, every summer in Ocean Park, ME. During many of those summers, she lived and worked at the Bassett House, an inn owned by her parents.

Some of Sandee’s favorite things included tennis, tap dancing, cruises with the cousins, knitting with the gals at Aunt Margaret’s, laughing with loved ones, cooking with Keith, a fine good wine, shopping for shoes and accordion solos. Her fun-loving personality, humor, and her love of life will be dearly missed.

Her daughter, Lizz would like to thank Rene and Barbara from Nashoba Nursing Services & Hospice for the support and care they provided for the last few years. Joyce, Jane, Kay, Dee Dee and Rhonda were Sandee’s “helpers” and angels who always brought an abundance of love, laughter, and joy throughout this whole journey for Sandee and Lizz.

TURNER — Her funeral will be held on Friday, June 21, at 11 AM in the First Baptist Church, 1400 John Fitch Hwy., Fitchburg. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 20, from 4 to 8 PM in the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Compassionate Care ALS, an agency that has provided equipment and support over the years. P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574,