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Sandra Arlene Widdel

July 8, 1944 May 6, 2015
Sandra Arlene Widdel
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Obituary for Sandra Arlene Widdel

Round Lake, MN


      Sandra Arlene Widdel, age 70, was born on July 8, 1944, in Spirit Lake, IA, the daughter of Eldon and Arloween (Voss) Jansen. She grew up in Sioux Valley and attended and graduated from Sioux Valley School. After graduating, Sandra attended Cosmetology School in Fairmont, MN, where she met the love of her life, Gary Widdel. They were married on September 4, 1965, in Fairmont. Sandra and Gary moved to a few different cities in Iowa but finally settled in Savage, MN. They lived there until 2007, when they returned closer to home in Round Lake, MN. Sandra and her late husband Gary loved to travel, garden, and spend time with friends at different casinos. Sandra loved spending time with family and friends. Playing bridge was the highlight of her week. She also loved going to garage sales and auctions. Sandra decorated her home with many different roosters and chickens, which you could tell if you ever visited her home and looked around. Sandra’s loving heart extended to her family and friends. Sandra died on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, MN.

      Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Marlo Jansen (fiancée Sherry Dietrich) of Harris, IA; sister-in-law, Kay Jansen of Sibley, IA; nephew, James (Kim) Jansen of Tecumseh, NE; nieces, Julie (Michael) Steichen of Sibley, IA and Peggy Daigle of Wright City, MO; great nieces, Branigan Steichen, Madison Jansen, Laura Daigle, and Jennifer Daigle, and great nephews, Carson Steichen, Matthew Jansen, and Eric Daigle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Widdel; mother and father, Eldon and Arloween Jansen; brothers, Stuart Jansen, Steven Jansen, and Stanley Jansen, and sister, Sharyl Curtis

      Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Park, IA, with Pastor Tim Harmon officiating. Burial will be in the Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park, IA.

      Visitation will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Park, IA.

      Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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