Sandra Mehlenbacher

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MEHLENBACHER:   Sandra Jean (née Branigan)
of Selkirk, Ontario,  December 28th, 1941 — December 31st, 2017.

With familiar humour and determination until the end, Sandra Mehlenbacher passed away, at the age of 76, surrounded by family, after her battle with cancer at Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton, Ontario.

A natural storyteller, Sandra would have written a more engaging narrative here. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Sandra attended Hagersville High School, where she met her one and only, Bryan Mehlenbacher. After they married, Sandra and Bryan moved around Ontario as Bryan climbed the ranks at National Trust, and together they traveled to Europe, Asia, and, occasionally, stole a few romantic or family moments on Caribbean island vacations over the years. Sandra’s stories about their travels connected them all and emphasized the personalities of everyone she met along the way. She enjoyed everyone and described each person she met in very social ways, appreciating them for their hopes, fears, worries, and eccentricities. Her two boys, Brad and Jeff, benefited from their mum’s social orientation as well as her wicked sense of humour, and carry on her stories, if you’d like to hear them. Along with raising Brad and Jeff, Sandra characteristically influenced those around her, with her daughter-in-laws and grandchildren all remembering Sandra’s crucial role in their lives.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bryan Mehlenbacher, her sons Brad Mehlenbacher and his wife Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher of Kitchener, Ontario, and Jeff Mehlenbacher and his wife Barbara Mehlenbacher of Caledon, Ontario; her four grandchildren, Emma Mehlenbacher and her fiancé Dylan MacKinnon of Toronto, Ontario, Eric Mehlenbacher of Caledon, Ontario, Eleanor Mehlenbacher of Boston, MA, and Frances Mehlenbacher of Cary, NC. Sandra is also survived by her sisters Patricia Gail Reeb and her husband Gregory Reeb of Alberta Beach, Alberta; Reen Ball and husband Donnie Ball of Arnprior, Ontario; and Gloria DeLottinville and her husband Lloyd DeLottinville of Caledona, Ontario; and her sister-in-law Ruthanne Mehlenbacher; her brother-in-law Robert Mehlenbacher, as well as dozens of loving nieces and nephews. Friends in Ontario and St. Petersburg, Florida, where her and Bryan escaped the cold Southwestern Ontario winter, also survive Sandra.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial donations in Sandra’s name should be made to Juravinski Cancer Centre: 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, ON, L8V 5C2; or, to Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice: 277 Stone Church Rd E, Hamilton, ON L9B 1B1.


Posted by Marcia Davis on
Bryan and family so sorry to hear of Sandra's passing Michael Cynthia and I remember all of our many childhood gatherings with Sandra and the girls she was a joy to be around at all times. My condolences go out to you and your family. u4WtsF
Posted by Donna & Keith Hayes on
Bryan Brad and jeff and families so sorry for your loss .she will be very much missed sandra and her sisters were like sisters to me . may the good lord wrap his arms around you all and comfort you at this time god bless love Keith & Donnarzyh6h
Posted by Carol Krempa on
To Reen & Donnie, Robin & Ted and Gloria, on behalf of the Krempa family, our sincere condolences on your loss.
Posted by Max Matthews on
Dear Brad and family -- So wish we had had a chance to meet her. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you all. Much love -- Max and Elena
Posted by Connie & Ken Cox on
Bryan and family, Maureen & Donnie & family, Gail & family, Gloria & family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Sandra is fondly remembered.
Posted by Patricia Gail Reeb on
Sandra got her 'wings' and is looking after her whole family, whom she loved so dearly, from the heavens above. We so miss her here on earth...her big smiles, her wonderful sense of humour that always shone through, her caring loving self and her strength throughout life. I feel blessed to have had my sister for 76 years as my best of friends. So many good memories that surrounds her family and friends.
Posted by Manuela & Carlos Costa on
Brad, Ashley, and family receive our sincere sympathies.
Posted by Robin, Ted, Joey and Megan Krempa on
Uncle Bryan, Brad, Ashley, Eleanor, Frances, Jeff, Barb, Emma and Eric, our sincere condolences to you all.
I will truly miss Aunt Sandra and will cherish the memories. Love to you all.
Posted by Brian and Ann on
Bryan and family sorry to hear of the passing of Sandra she will be missed by all.Many years ago we had so much fun, laughter and friendship. She loved to dance and just have good old fashion fun. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Hugs Brian and Ann
Posted by Marjorie Sommerville on
My condolences to the family. Sandra always had a sense of humour and meeting her in a day would make our day better. She was an angel here on earth and now she has her wings in heaven.
Posted by Edward /Coral Tanner on
Bryan and family I am sorry to hear of your loss You have our condolences
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