Sandra “Sandy” Roeschke was a devoted and loving mother to her two children. She was very close with them and spoke to them frequently. She left this world suddenly on June 27, 2021 at age 68.
She was born February 11th, 1953 in Montgomery, Alabama to Olin and Hellen Hopkins, the youngest of three children. She is survived by her son, J. D. Pearson, daughter-in-law, Ying Wang, daughter, Hannah [Pearson] Sarkodie, son-in-law, Enoch Sarkodie, grandson, Everett Sarkodie, sister, Nancy Walker, brother, Jay Hopkins , and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Called Sandy as a child, she was naturally cheerful with a beautiful soprano voice. She sang in church, to her children, and to her kitties. Sandra was a soloist and always loved singing. Her calming and soothing voice was a gift to her family and friends.
As a teenager, she was born-again and lived with Jesus in her heart for the rest of her life. In addition to singing, she was a trumpet player in the marching band at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama. She loved the band and football. She was a huge Auburn fan. Despite her love for the Auburn Tigers, she attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina.
As a mother of two children, Sandra enjoyed spending time with them whenever possible. She loved effusively and shared her love with her children and friends. Every time she spoke with someone she cared for, she told them that they were loved. Sandra’s first husband and father of her children was John Pearson Sr (married 1974-1982). She later married Gary Roeschke in 1992, who passed away in 2004.
A notable place that Sandra worked was the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach. Later she was a secretary for Mead Packaging in Atlanta. While at Mead, her typing speed was so fast that she inadvertently broke a few typewriters. Later, she was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Roswell. She made many great friends on her mail routes and everyone knew her by name.
Sandra was an animal lover, especially cats, and the feeling was mutual. As a parent, she adopted all types of animals to entertain her young children. The family had cats, dogs, chinchillas, a snake, bunnies, guinea pigs, birds, ducks, and even a lizard. Sandra loved good food and enjoyed cooking Southern food for her friends and family. Her famous country-fried steak and chicken-ala-mama were her children’s favorites dishes.
Her big laugh and generous hugs helped her make friends easily when she moved into a nursing home. Though she was sad to give-up her beloved cat, Cricket, she adapted quickly.
During her life, she painted ceramics, tri-chem, watercolor and did cross-stitch. As she got older, she enjoyed coloring. She found art to be therapeutic and loved anything craft related. She was an avid reader even after she moved to a nursing home. Sandra would read a bag full of books from the library in a week or two. She loved mysteries, historical fiction, love stories, and adventure.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 11:00 AM / July 10th at McDonald & Son Funeral Home in Cumming, GA with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Humane Society of Forsyth County.
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