Sandra Swanson

Obituary of Sandra A. Swanson

Sandra Swanson was a true lover of life! Blessed with a strong will, generous humor, and warm spirit, Sandra was a real people person always making a positive impact wherever she went in life. When Sandra was growing up, her father was the original owner of Hoak’s Restaurant. Her earliest childhood was spent living over the restaurant which included wonderful smells of food and spectacular sunsets over the lake! As she grew, she was always adventurous, determined, and ahead of her time, moving out to the west coast when she was young, being one of the first women to work at the Ford Plant, and becoming a successful folk-art painter! In fact, she was very successful as a Folk painter and was featured at an Art Show at 10,00 Vines Winery in Hamburg where people lined up out the door to see her works! In addition, Sandra had several other hobbies when she wasn’t painting or raising her family. She was a great decorator, excelled at sewing, and loved to cook. It is said that she had no signature recipe or dish because everything she made was outstanding from soups to desserts. Sandra’s love of family and people was evident in everything she did. From taking care of her husband and family to the themed Christmas parties she would plan, doting on her dogs, and even becoming a professional clown and taking the name “Honey Buns”. She was a delight to youngsters and those who knew her throughout the community and area. She was happy be helpful and sharing folk remedies she knew when people were feeling under the weather. Sandra was a true original and will be missed by many for her unique personality and the love she leaves behind. Swanson, Sandra A. passed away on March 24, 2021 of Hamburg NY. Beloved wife of James D; loving mother of Shawn (Denise) Hearn and Jason Jenkins; also survived by many friends. Private services were held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sandra’s memory to the SPCA serving Erie County. Online condolences may be shared at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
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