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Sandra May (LaPine) Oakleaf

November 30, 1943 — January 11, 2022

Paw Paw

There is one word that sums up the main focus of Sandra Oakleaf's life and that would be "family". Sandy was all about her family, she loved her children and grandchildren and there is nothing she would not do to make sure they were safe and taken care of. She was the rock for her children and a loving and devoted grandmother to her grandchildren. Her steadfast support and love for her family was evident throughout her life. Of course her lord and savior was  as near to her heart. Sandy had been a lifetime active parishioner at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Paw Paw, where she attended Saint Mary School as a young girl. Being a lifelong native of Paw Paw, Sandy worked for 15 years as clerk for Waverly Township. She was also self-employed for many years in the tax business. Sandy had many interests and hobbies that included NASCAR racing, music from the beloved Elvis and above all, she was an avid Notre Dame fan!

Sandra Oakleaf, 78, of Paw Paw, MI, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI.

She was born November 30, 1943 in Paw Paw, the daughter of Roy Wilson LaPine and Viola Mae (Thorpe) LaPine.

She is survived by her loving family which includes her two daughters, Vicky (Douglas) Hickok and Erin (Andrew) Kissinger; two sons, Tal (Debbie) Bentley and Paul Abnet; nine grandchildren, Bryan Hickok, Keith (Andrea) Hickok, Kyle (Samantha) Hickok, Sarah Heuser, Shana Heuser, Dylan Abnet, Logan Kissinger, Lila Kissinger and Liam Kissinger; great grandchildren, Amara Christenson, Anna and Ava Hickok.

Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, David Oakleaf, daughter, April Bentley, brothers, Jack LaPine and most recently her brother Lyle LaPine.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 19, 2022, beginning at 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw. Rosary service beginning at 5:15 pm.  Mass of Christian burial will follow on Thursday at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Paw Paw at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Alan Jorgensen celebrant. Burial will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary Catholic Church.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Recitation of the Rosary

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, January 20, 2022

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