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Sandra Johndro, age 85, of Tuscany Gardens in Pataskala Ohio, passed away on September 17, 2022, from complications of Parkinson's disease. Sandra was born on April 20th, 1937, to Stephen E. Hollo and Ruth Rumrill Hollo in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Major Hollo was a career military man, and the family traveled a lot. Sandra spent time in Connecticut, Texas, Maine, the Philippine Islands, and England. The English climate was not good for her health so at age 16 she sailed aboard a troop transport ship by herself to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She bunked with the Navy Nurses on the ship. Her uncle picked her up in Brooklyn and she stayed with them for a year and then traveled with her family to Limestone, Maine. There she met the handsome Vernon P. Johndro, who was a year ahead of her in high school. They married on January 2, 1956.
She was a homemaker for their 4 children, Darlene, Vernon Jr., Stephanie, and Scott. They moved from Limestone Maine to Bristol Connecticut on November 25, 1963. To help the family financially she made cakes for any occasions for people and businesses. She worked piecework at Ingraham's Clock factory. She canned produce from their large garden. She worked for Nuchies Catering making canapes, cakes, and desserts every weekend. She went to night school and got her Associates Degree on June 4, 1987. She worked full time at Pratt and Whitney Engines and became the first female inspector. She retired and she and Vernon spent the summers at a cabin on Sebec Lake, Maine and the winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. They sold the cabin after a few years and lived full-time at Bet-Mar retirement community in Florida. Sandra was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, prepared taxes for people with the AARP, taught art classes, played golf and Bingo, took water aerobics and she lived her best life. She and Vernon traveled to Bermuda, Cancun, Panama, Alaska, and rode the Orient Express in Europe.
Sandra was predeceased by her husband Vernon, sons Vernon Jr. and Scott, brother Stephen Hollo and sister Ruth Newell. She is survived by her daughters Darlene (Mark) Hemmingsen, Stephanie (Doug) Curran, brother Frank Hollo, sisters Valorie McNatt, Mary Hollo, and Teresa Kuzmenko and her dear sister-in-law Doreen Mallett. She also leaves grandchildren Christiana (Greg) Dailey, Alison (Brynn) Grabowski, Melissa Johndro, Bryan Johndro, Trevor Hemmingsen, and Grace Hemmingsen. Great grandchildren are Aimee West and Shawn Dailey with one newborn great great grandchild Caden West. She leaves many nieces, nephews, and dear friends she has made over her lifetime.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 10 AM at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Chapel, with Chaplain Greg Rosser officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sandra's memory to Donate Life America. Online condolences available at www.pfeiferfuneral.com.