Sandra Jo Measell was welcomed home into the arms of our beloved Creator, October 31, 2019.

Born Sandra Jo Shaff in Dearborn, Michigan, February 12, 1946, to Milford and Ruth Shaff.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Measell; children, Kurtis Kakaviska, Keith Kakaviska, Kent (Rachel) Measell; step-children, David Measell, Tricia (Scott) Piereson; grandchildren, Connor Piereson; siblings, Robert (Debbie) Shaff and Roger (Cathy) Shaff.

Sandra was preceded in death by parents, Milford and Ruth Amanda Shaff; siblings, Charles William Boulton, Elizabeth Jane Shaff; step-daughter, Kelly Measell; grandson, Andrew Piereson.

She held many names; Sandy, Sandra, Sandra Jo, JoJo, Aunt JoJo, mom, mother, ma’, and Chickiewanis (Tom’s favorite). She was a fiercely devoted spouse, mother, sister, friend and a woman of faith above all. Her family included all bloodlines and beyond. To the motherless, she was a mother. To the grieving, she was a shoulder to lean on and a voice of hope. To the lost and broken, she was a light.

Her smile and sense of humor brightened your day. She shared many laughs with many people, but most of all her husband and children. She always lived from her heart and expressed it through music, dance, and prayer. Whether it was a talk over the phone, sitting at her hairdresser’s chair, at the altar at church or in line at Walmart, you could always count on Sandy for an uplifting word of encouragement.

She leaves a large void in many lives, but we have hope because we know she has her dancing legs back and she is laughing with her beloved Jesus now.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 12:00 p.m., at Mount Hope Church in Gaylord.

Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at Mount Hope Church on Monday, November 4, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Sandy will be buried on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Otsego Lake Township Cemetery in Gaylord.


Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

135 N Center Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735


Mount Hope Church

1672 M32 East
Gaylord, Michigan 49735


Otsego Lake Township Cemetery

200 Old State Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735