Thursday, May 12, 2011

Martha (Dombroski) Sandker

Glenwood Springs, CO -- Born in Racine on June 19, 1918, Martha Sandker passed away on May 12, 2011, at the V.A. Hospital in Denver, Colorado, in the company of her family. She was 92 years old.

An extraordinary and unbridled patriotism lead Martha to be among the first to join the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in her teenage years where she dedicated her formidable skills as a photographer to assisting airmen in the Second World War. Her love for her country would remain with Martha throughout her life.

Martha's keen sense of adventure inspired her to embark on a six-hundred mile bicycle tour across the Midwest with her friends after the war. In 1975, Martha's love of outdoors and natural beauty resulted in her moving to Colorado, where she would spend the rest of her life. A great and lifelong passion for horses led her and her husband to visit Kentucky almost annually for the Derby during their retirement. It was in Colorado where Martha's grandchildren enjoyed, thanks to her unmatched grandmotherly instincts, Martha's extraordinary pie-baking skills. She will be remembered by all for her love of life and her love of laughter.

Martha will be dearly missed, especially by her brother, William (Bill) Dombrowski; two surviving daughters, Michael and Brenda; two surviving sons, Kevin and Colin; and numerous grandchildren and other family. Martha was preceded in death by her oldest son, Ernest "Chip" Sandker. Of all her family she was very proud, and each of them loved her dearly. Most of all, Martha will be missed by her husband, Ernest Rae Sandker, together with whom she enjoyed a marriage so adoring and beautiful that it stood as a beacon for all of her friends and descendents to admire and envy. Often described as being so close it was as though they were the same person, Martha and Ernest look forward to the time when they both will be together again.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

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