Sandy Skinder, 85, recently of West Orange, NJ and Boca Raton FL, passed away on October 7, 2019 in her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Newark, NJ, she attended Weequahic High School, New York University, and Upsala College.
Sandy shared a great love and a 66-year devoted marriage with Richard “Dick” Skinder, her high school sweetheart.
Before commencing her lifelong passion of nurturing and raising her family, Sandy worked in retail and as an insurance underwriter. Sandy always had a great work ethic.
Sandy was the beloved mother of Karen, Trudi, and Michael, their spouses Steven and Meryl, proud “Dee Dee” to her grandchildren Erin, Aaron, Lynn, Stephanie, Danielle, Carly, and Alexandra, and great grandmother to Stella.
Sandy lived a full life as an impassioned mother, homemaker, advisor, and confidant. She was tenacious, opinionated, and strong. If you were lucky enough to have had her on your side, you had a giant in your corner.
She loved cooking and entertaining for family, was a gracious hostess who kept an immaculate, well organized home. Sandy enjoyed vigorous daily exercise, crossword puzzles, golf and tennis, and was a voracious reader of fiction. She shared her husband’s and her father-in-law Aaron’s passion for fishing, and was their fishing companion on many outings. Active in Synagogue Sisterhood and the PTA, Sandy also found time to support the family business. She loved to dance, dine, and vacation with friends and family. Sandy was a beautiful and stylish woman both on the inside and outside.
Devoted to her mother, Lillian, Sandy cared for her in both New Jersey and Florida until her mother was 106 years of age.
Although an only child, Sandy shared a great love and respect for her sister-in-law Ruby Strauss and her husband Stanley, their sons, cousins, and extended family members.
Most importantly, Sandy loved her family and instilled in them strong values and ethical resolve, which have served them well.
She will be dearly missed and forever in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.
In lieu of flowers and other kindnesses, the family wishes friends to make expressions of sympathy honoring Sandy’s memory to the charity of their choice.