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Sandra McConnell

September 28, 1941 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 80)


Sandra “Sandi” McConnell, 80, left this earth and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 30, 2022, with her loving family by her side. 

Sandi was born September 28th, 1941, to Adam & Genevieve (Corkran) LeSieur in Portageville, MO, later living in Gideon, MO. She loved being from the “boot-heel of Missouri” and recounted many memories of growing up in a small town. Picking cotton was one of her favorite memories she would always share that she did every year growing up. She also worked in the box plant located in Gideon. Sandi loved her high school and went back every year for the annual homecoming. Seeing and being with her “old” friends brought her so much joy.

She married the love of her life Denny McConnell on November 22nd, 1963. They had a passion for serving in their church together and were known for their swing dancing anytime music was played. She missed him so much when he left this earth on February 22nd, 1998. They were blessed with 3 children, Alan, Lori & Kristen.

Sandi worked for over 40 years in the nursing home industry, starting at Capitol Villa in Springfield and finishing out her working career at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg, IL. Her love for the elderly was one of her main passions in life. There, she served as a Social Service Director and helped open one of the first Alzheimer’s wings within a nursing home. She was also instrumental in opening up the assisted living facility, Country Side in Petersburg. 

Sandi is survived by her children, Alan Hutchison (partner Chris), Lori (Tab) Leskovisek & Kristen (partner Bryan) Howard; six grandchildren, Jordan (Jessica), Taylor (Jeffery), Bailee, Ethan, Hunter & Tanner (Macey); one great-granddaughter, Ellie, was looking forward to her two great-granddaughters that are to be born this summer; one sister Lana (Gary) Brashears; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces & nephews whom she loved dearly. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Sandi will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and any mischief she and her sister, Lana, could find. Her fiery spirit served to strengthen everyone she met.

A memorial service will be at 3:00 pm Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Crosswalk Fellowship 712 E. 4th St. in Delavan.  Visitation will be from 1 to 3 pm Sunday, also at the church.  Burial of cremated remains will be in Rosewood Cemetery in Malden, MO at a later date.  Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Delavan is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Compassus Hospice Care.


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