February 1946 – December 2010
Sandra (Sandy) Lee Revis left this plane of existence December 31, 2010, after a short battle with lung cancer. Born Sandra Lee Cain in Burlington, Iowa, on February 17, 1946, she was raised in Juneau by her mother and stepfather. Sandy Cain/Nelson graduated Juneau-Douglas High School in 1966 and went to work at the Juneau Cold Storage, where she met Don Noack. She and Don were married in 1967 and had two daughters. In the late 1960s a permanent move to Skagway was made where Sandy worked primarily as a cook up until about ten years ago. Sandy lost her husband Don to cancer and later married Gerald Revis, whom she also lost to cancer.
Sandy will be remembered forever as a fun-loving, says-it-like-it-is woman. She loved little children and delighted in their antics. When she laughed, it was infectious. Her extraordinarily strong spirit and sense of humor saw her through difficult times.
Sandy had many talents – in her younger years she used her wonderful singing voice to delight her family and friends; she could pick up charcoal and draw anything she wanted; armed with her sewing machine and glue gun she could, and did, create wonderful pieces from clothing to intricate crafted dolls.
Sandy was preceded in death by husbands Don Noack and Gerald Revis, mother Dorothy Nelson and father Robert Cain. She is survived by her stepfather Puggy (Maurice) Nelson of Juneau; daughters Tammy Noack Cochran (Tom) and Tina Noack Mayo (Ken), both of Skagway; brothers Michael Nelson (Patti Lewis) of Elfin Cove, Greg Cain (Sharon) of Iowa, Michael Cain of Florida and Kevin Cain (Rosemary) of Oregon; by sisters Emily Nelson Piceno (Ray) of Juneau, Cheryl Cain/Nelson Funaro (Al Christensen) of Juneau and Theresa Cain Kirgan (Bob) of Arizona. She also leaves behind grandchildren Thomas, Tyler and Trevor Cochran, and Brandi and KC Mayo; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A service was held on Saturday, January 8 at the Presbyterian Church in Skagway, followed by a remembrance reception. Interment was private at the Skagway cemetery. – Submitted by the family
February 1946 – December 2010
Our Mother, Grandma, and friend didn’t take any earthly things with her when she passed away Friday, January 14. Her final days in Chelan, Washington were spent surrounded by family and friends whom she had touched throughout her memorable life.
She took “people” with her, she took the relationships that she had with people she got to know over her life. She took moments of joy and awe and love. We now know she is with us, watching as we continue on our journey. She was beautiful, strong, genuine, and compassionate. Even in her last days she cared about other people more than herself. A battle with PLS led to her passing and her time was cut short. Why this had to happen to her, we are not sure. And we are saddened that she will not be around to give advice, tell us to be more observant or share her new, eclectic medical cures. We search for guidance and strength from someone omniscient, knowing all. And by that we do rejoice today! We feel a celebration somewhere above is happening, a welcoming where all is right. Sandy, we love you and cherish all of the times we shared. May you rest in peace.
Sandy was born on May 9, 1938. She graduated from Billings West High School in Montana and attended Montana State University. She worked and raised her daughters in Havre, Montana and worked with family in Skagway, Alaska, as well as at Jewell Gardens and Liarsville gold camp. She spent the last eight years in Chelan, taking care of her grandchildren, doing home health care work, working with the food bank, volunteering at the Chelan Senior Center, and was an active member of Red Hatters.
She is survived by her daughter Teresa Brown of Manson, Wash., daughter Susan Gatzemeier (Russ) of Chelan, husband of 27 years and best friend Leo Petersen of Tuscon, AZ, Teresa’s fiancé, Pete Dickes of Manson, along with her grandchildren Brooks Gatzemeier of Chelan, Isabella Gatzemeier of Chelan, and Polly Brown of Skagway, Alaska.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, January 22 at Lake Chelan Lutheran Church. The family requests that any donations be made to the Sandy Petersen Memorial Fund PO Box 3187 in Chelan 98816. – Submitted by the family