Carolyn (nee Lurwig) Sander, age 96, of the Town of Tonawanda, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at her residence. Born July 25, 1923 in Buffalo, she was the daughter of the late Florian and Frieda (nee Dornbach) Lurwig. Carolyn's life was dedicated to her faith, her family, and her friends. She loved to make people smile and was often referred to as the life of the party. A former piano teacher, Carolyn instilled a love of music in her family that continues at every family gathering. She was a volunteer at Kenmore Mercy Hospital for many years, was on the board of the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club. She had been a very involved member of the former St. Edmund's Parish and was a current member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda. Carolyn was an avid card player and belonged to many bridge clubs throughout her life. She enjoyed golfing, which she took up in her 60s. Her family will tell you that she was a fantastic cook and loved to entertain - the more the merrier!
She was the wife of the late Robert J. Sander; mother of the late Thomas (late Joyce) Sander, Ken (Connie) Sander, the late Eric (Pam) Sander, George (Peggy) Sander, and Elaine (Richard) Petronio; sister-in-law of Jean Kroetsch, Marcy Acker, Ruth Englert, and Richard (Gale) Sander; and dearest grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated privately at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future time to be announced. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorials to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 73 Adam Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150, Angels at Heart Senior Care, 320 Irvington Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150, or Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227, are preferred by the family.
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St. Francis of Assisi Church
73 Adam Street, Tonawanda NY 14150
Angles at Heart Senior Care
320 Irvington Drive, Tonawanda NY 14150
225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga NY 14227