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Sandra J. Drinkwine

Sandra J.


Sandra Drinkwine, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, February 4th, 2018. She passed away at the age of 81, with her children at her side in her home at the Stardusk Assisted Living Home in Superior, WI. Sandy was born November 14, 1936 to Chauncey and Dorothy Bangs. She married Thomas Drinkwine in December 1961 and proudly served as a military wife for more than 25 years. She had a special green thumb when it came to plants and took pride in her assorted collection of African violets. She loved all things nature, especially hummingbirds, dogs and cats. She enjoyed watching the deer at the feeders in her backyard. Her favorite holiday was the 4th of July and she loved celebrating it with family and friends. She loved a good game of football and cheered on the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers. True to her Irish background, she had the gift of gab and no meal was complete without some type of potato at the table. She taught several of her children how to jitterbug and swing dance on her kitchen floor. Her smile could light up a room. The loved ones Sandy leaves behind include her children, Don (Lorraine) Drinkwine, Melissa (Steve) Flagstad, Mike (Pam) Drinkwine, Andy (Jodi) Drinkwine, Tony Drinkwine, Maria Drinkwine; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; siblings, Dick Bangs, Iris Johnson, Judy Soderberg, Lanny Fahey, Chauncey Bangs; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tom, and sister, Kathy Hunter. The family extends their heart felt gratitude and appreciation to the caregivers of the Stardusk House. Their care and compassion to Mom these past seven years will not be forgotten. Many thanks to her care team at Essentia Hospice and special thanks to Andie Comnick and Angel Waters for the guidance and support during Mom's journey. The family is honoring Sandy's wish that a private service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at