Sandra Jean Henry

February  15th, 1942 April  15th, 2024
Placentia, California
Sandra Jean Henry

God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.


Sandra Jean Henry, known for her unwavering devotion to her family, culinary creations and green thumb, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 15, 2024. She was born on February 15, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edmond and Jean Strach, both of Polish descent, and was the second of three children, with an older brother Robert and a younger sister Diane.

Sandra attended Catholic schools throughout her childhood and graduated from a women’s Catholic high school in Chicago. She excelled academically and had an eye for detail that extended to her impeccable fashion sense, which remained a constant throughout her life.

Her love for the performing arts including dance, was evident during her high school years as she participated in theatrical productions and dance routines.

After graduation, Sandra worked as a legal secretary at Central States Motor Freight Bureau in Chicago, where she met her future husband, Darryl Henry. They married on September 18, 1965, at St. Ferdinand’s Church in Chicago, and celebrated nearly 60 years of marriage and welcoming three children: Darren in 1966, Melanie in 1969, and Damian in 1972. Tragically, their son Kevin passed away at birth.

The family later moved to California when Darryl accepted a promotion with Johnson & Johnson in 1969, but Sandra's love for the West Coast led them to make it their permanent home. They settled in Placentia, where Sandra continued to nurture her family and pursued her passions for cooking, gardening, traveling, and shopping. She also endeavored further in her love of education and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton, in 2001.

Despite enduring health challenges, including a leukemia diagnosis in 2010 and subsequent complications, Sandra exemplified resilience. She refused to let her illness hinder her zest for life, cherishing moments with her family, especially never missing significant occasions with her grandchildren. Sandra continued to embrace her passions, from traveling to indulging in shopping, cherishing each experience to the fullest.

Her legacy is a testament to love and dedication, leaving an everlasting impact on her family and everyone fortunate enough to have known her.

Sandra is survived by her devoted husband Darryl, children Darren (Kelly), Melanie (Chuck), and Damian (Jenny), sister Diane, brother Robert, and grandsons Declan and Connor.

A graveside service honoring Sandra's life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, California, followed by a reception at Sandra and Darryl’s home. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers support for a Memorial Plaque in Sandra's honor through the Providence St. Jude Memorial Foundation. 

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February 15th
Born to Edward and Jean Strach
Chicago, Illinois
Met Darryl
Darryl and Sandra met at Central States Motor Freight Bureau
September 18th
Darryl & Sandra Wed
Chicago, Illinois
July 28th
Birth of Darren Michael
Birth of first child.
Chicago Illinois
February 24th
Birth of Melanie Marie
Birth of second child.
Chicago Illinois
Moved to California
Moved from Chicago, Illinois to Orange County California - Placentia
February 14th
Birth of Damian Martin
Birth of third child.
Fullerton California
Bachelors of Arts in Woman Studies
Graduated from Cal State Fullerton
Declan Born
Becomes a Grandparent
Fullerton, California
May 28th
Connor Born
Becomes a Grandparent
San Francisco, California
April 15th
Passed away peacefully
Fullerton, California



Memory wall

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May 15, 2024
Celebrating the life of a truly kind and wonderful person. I remember Auntie Sandy always smiling and she had such a beautiful laugh. Our thoughts are with you as you mourn her passing. The Kodish family- Deandra, Kodi, Holden, Miller, Finnley & Harper
Deandra Kodish
May 6, 2024
Thinking of you all at this time of loss. Sending lots of prayers & long distance hugs from Iowa.
Carla Menge
May 5, 2024
I entered Sandy’s life at the beginning of adulthood via Damian and became part of the family over the next some 35 years. I spent most of my adult life in her good graces.
I can attest to the great cook she was having brought home take home food after many visits to the house.
She gave the gift of her through her food and wonderful garden which now becomes some sort of a memorial garden. The garden is rightfully placed in the background with her in this memorial.
Godspeed and condolences,
Brad Sambrano

Brad Sambrano
May 3, 2024
I am sorry to hear the news of of my sister's passing. My thoughts are with Darryl and the family during this time.
Robert Strach
May 2, 2024
In loving memory of Sandra Henry. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” While the sun has set on an amazing life, I’m confident the best is yet to come! Sandy, your job here is done, may you rest in peace! XOXO
Hai Pham
May 2, 2024
A true fighter who had a passion for life and her family. It was a privilege being part of her health care team and participate in her journey to live her best life ❤️
Armin Kiankhooy
April 30, 2024
Funny, warm-hearted, kind -- we knew as kids that it was going to be wonderful when Mr. and Mrs. Henry came to visit. Mrs. Henry was always so good to us, and has a sly way of having fun. We all looked forward to her being in Chicago or seeing her in California. A wonderful woman, who will be missed. Sending love from the O'Neills, and hope that you have some peace in the blessing of her memory.
Brian ONeill
April 30, 2024
I wish I had more time to spend with her. She had gone through so much but still had that smile and laugh that was contagious. When we talked it was never about herself, but how my family was doing I will miss her, but that prayer says it all and I will remember that God called her home and she will be in my heart always
Diane Pellicore
April 30, 2024
God grant you all peace and comfort at this difficult time. Hold fast to your wonderful memories of Sandra. God bless each of you.
Ray & Judy
Ray Altmann
April 30, 2024
We are sorry to have heard about Aunty Sandy's passing. The happiness that filled her life and the love she had for her family is evident in all the pictures shown.. Our thoughts are with the entire Henry family during this time.
Connie, John, Tim, Kevn and Sophie Doyle
Connie Strach Doyle
April 29, 2024
Sandra was a cherished friend to the Flynn family. Together, we experienced many joys and some tragedies, and the Henrys were always there for the Flynns. One of my earliest childhood memory of her, was her love for the beauty of Camelback Inn's flowers in the spring. Sandra was as radiant as the Arizona sunshine. Her joyful spirit and warm memories will forever linger in my heart, a testament to her gratitude for family and the simple joys of life. May her legacy of love and laughter continue to bloom in our hearts.

Michael Flynn
April 29, 2024
Our deepest condolences to your family. May your memories together and the love of those around you provide comfort during this difficult time.
Yerem and Suzie Yeghiazarians
The Yeghiazarians Family

Family tree

Edward Strach
Jean Strach
Darryl M. Henry
Diane Pellicore
Robert Strach
Darren Henry
Damian Henry
Melanie Henry
Diane Pellicore
Robert Strach
Darryl M. Henry
Darren Henry
Damian Henry
Melanie Henry
Sandra Henry


What was Sandra's favorite Game to play?
What was Sandra's favorite Color?
Sandra's Favorite hobbies?
Gardening and Cooking
What was Sandra's favorite Drink?
Martini and Margaritas 
What was Sandra's favorite Sport?
Dodger Baseball
Fun fact about Sandra:
Loved to talk Politics


Please join us to pay a last tribute.

We invite you to join us in a celebration of life as we come together to pay tribute to the life of our beloved Sandra J. Henry.

Your presence would mean a great deal to us as we remember and honor the legacy of a remarkable friend, wife, mother.
In this moment of remembrance, let us come together to share our fond memories, offer our support to one another, and bid farewell to a truly exceptional individual.

Please join us in commemorating Sandra's life and the positive impact she had on all of us.

Celebration of Life event immediately following service.
Loma Vista Funeral
701 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835
May 18th 2024 at 1:00 PM


Many of you are aware that Sandra experienced a life threatening event in 2022 and thankfully she recovered in full from this event. Her recovery could not have been possible without the outstanding care given by St Jude Medical Hospital.

On April 15th 2024 Sandra suffered an extensive stroke. The family followed her medical directives and wishes with comfort/care/hospice. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

We would like to honor Sandra with a Memorial plaque to be placed at St. Jude Hospital as a reminder to all the physicians and medical staff that they make a difference in every patient they care for and their families.

Flowers are beautiful but not long lasting.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers the support for the Memorial Plaque in Sandra's name. Use the DONATE link to the Providence St. Jude Memorial Foundation to make the donation. The process is fast, easy and secure. Thanks so much for your support.

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