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Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at St. John Lutheran Church, 104 Central Ave. N., Mapleton, MN. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN and will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday. The service will be livestreamed and available on Sandra’s obituary page at www.mankatomortuary.com.
Sandra Delores Theis was born on February 20, 1938 in Blue Earth, MN to Arent and Gertrude (Ballard) Evenson. She met the love of her life, Dale Theis, and got married July 10, 1955 in Mapleton, MN. They lived in Mapleton for the rest of their lives, raising 11 children. God called her to her Heavenly home on Friday, October 28, 2022 at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, MN. She was 84 years at the time of her death.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2018, brothers - Darrell, Wesley, and Darwin Evenson, sisters - Lenore, and Char Evenson, and daughter-in-law Gloria Theis.
Sandy is survived by her brothers - David and Cindy Evenson, Mike Evenson, her sisters - Carol and Chuck Kintner, Roxie and Bob Hea, her children - Alan Theis and Cindy Theis, Tom Theis, Becky and Ken Giese, Beth and Kellon Giese, Barb and Jeff Urban, Dan and Brenda Theis, Jenny Theis, John and Danielle Theis, Jim Theis, Chris Theis, Missy and Jake Quilling, her 29 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Sandy and Dale were members of St. John Lutheran Church in Mapleton, MN. Sandy made sure all the children were Baptized, went to Sunday School, and were Confirmed in the church. She was also a member of her serving committee at the church.
Mother was a very loving and kind woman. She worked very hard raising her children and she taught us so much! She was very proud of all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren!
She would “adopt” any and all children or adults that crossed her doorstep, and if you were there, she would make sure you were well fed. She was an awesome cook and baker, did tons of canning and freezing, lots of gardening, tons of laundry (almost always having clothes lines full), and mending. Not to forget that she helped clean, preserve, and cook anything Dad and the boys brought home from hunting and fishing. Nothing went to waste with Mom around.
She loved to put together puzzles and enjoyed it when friends and family would sit down and work on them with her, especially the sky pieces. She liked to read books, played card games, and did word search puzzles. She liked to have music playing and had a lovely singing voice. She loved writing and receiving letters. She loved flowers, growing them and receiving them. Dad brought her many bouquets, as well as other family members, and they always brought a smile to her face, and it didn’t matter if they were roses or just dandelions. She made many beautiful and warm quilts for people. She was a caretaker and always put everyone else first, but that is what made her happy.
After all the kids were raised, she helped with the grandkids as much as was possible, having many family get togethers, taught Bible School, continued to do gardening and canning (although not in the massive quantities as she used to), read books, and did her word searches.
The legacy she has left is sharing love, good food, and laughter. A beautiful life, that will always be remembered by all those who knew her and honored by generations to come.
The live stream link below is a complimentary service provided by Mankato Area Funeral Homes.
Unforeseen technical, internet, facility, and/or acoustical circumstances may produce a diminished end product. Please note, if the live stream does not appear, we are attempting to record and publish the service for later viewing.
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
4:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Northview - North Mankato Mortuary
Thursday, November 10, 2022
10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)
St. John Lutheran Church
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