Sandra R. (Rolfe) Turner

Born: Tue., Jul. 28, 1942
Died: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017


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LEOMINSTER---Sandra R. Turner, long-time resident of Leominster Massachusetts, died suddenly on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Sandra, known to all her friends as Sandy, was a loving mother of her two children and their spouses; son Richard W. Turner and his wife Claire Dewhurst-Turner of Saunderstown Rhode Island, and daughter Elizabeth A. Turner-Petersen and her husband Rik Petersen of Naples Florida. She was a devoted and proud grandmother of her grandchildren Olivia E. Petersen and Jack W. Turner. She is also survived by her brother Richard “Bubba” Rolfe of Nashua New Hampshire.

Sandy was the daughter of Herbert W. and Ruth Flariday Rolfe. The family lived in Milford, New Hampshire for several years before moving to Nashua where she attended Nashua Public Schools, graduating from Nashua High School , Class of 1960.

Sandy devoted her working life to the education of children with special needs. After Graduating College, she taught special education classes at the Dr. H. O. Smith School in Hudson, New Hampshire. From there she moved to the Leominster Public School System and held positions of Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teacher and Diagnostic Developmental Teacher. This was followed by employment, until her retirement, as a Special Education Teacher at the Leominster Trade School, Center for Technical Education.

Sandy was dedicated to her teaching and was active in a number of educational support groups including terms as President of the Council for Exceptional Children, Officer of the Massachusetts Vocational Association, and Consultant on Special Needs for the State Department of Education.

Sandy graduated from Keene State College in 1964 with a B.S. in Special Education. She earned a Masters in Special Education from Keene State in 1975, and a second Masters from Fitchburg State College in 1980. She also took a number of graduate courses at Boston University, Lesley College, and Clark University.

Sandy spent her retirement years doing what she loved; interior design and playing golf. She was an avid golfer throughout her life, competing in many leagues and tournaments. Sandy enjoyed golfing with her friends and family, and organizing as many golf outings as possible. During her life, Sandy was a member of several golf country clubs. More recently she participated in two women golf leagues; Woods of Westminster and Butternut Babes. She loved playing in all the local breast cancer tournaments and finding deals for golf in her local area. She played Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of her last week – thoroughly enjoying life to the end.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Center for Technical Education, Leominster Trade School, 122 Granite Street, Leominster, MA 01453.

Calling hours: Saturday September 2, 10am to noon, Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. No public service.

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Mary McDonald
   Posted Mon August 28, 2017
To the entire Turner family I wish to express my deepest sympathy. Sandy was my golf partner in the Butternut Babe league for the past couple of years. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. Truly the favorite night of my week. Sandy was kind, caring and funny. She put up with my late arrival times, bad golf nights and my many clumsy accidents with patience and a sense of humor. I knew she loved my stories so I usually came prepare on Thursday nights with a good story that I knew would make her laugh. She was loved by all who came in contact with her. I will miss her greatly and thank god I have so many good memories to help heal the loss. I feel blessed to have known and love her.

   Posted Tue August 29, 2017
What a wonderful lady. I will miss you at the Woods of Westminster.

Barbara Erdmann
   Posted Thu August 31, 2017
My condolences over your loss. However, it was so nice to hear that she was able to play golf, something she loved, for three days in a row, before her passing. I think most avid golfers would wish for the same outcome, if and when something happened to them. I know I would. I met Sandy, several years ago, when we were both members of the Westminster Country Club. There were a few times when I needed a ride home, from the golf course, and the two of us had some wonderful conversation during those times. I'm sorry to say that I hadn't seen Sandy very often, in the last several years and only at golf functions. However, whenever I saw her she immediately came toward me, gave me a big hug and a huge smile. I will miss the occasional times that I saw her and know that she will be sadly missed by many others. .

Julie Lange and Steven Mioglionico
   Posted Thu August 31, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends in their time of grief. May she rest in peace.

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