LEOMINSTER --- Sandra (Sandie) Ann (Arpin) Scopelliti passed away peacefully on November 16, 2022, surrounded by family and loved ones in her home in Leominster, Massachusetts.
Born in Leominster to Rita and Albert Arpin on May 28, 1943, Sandie is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Frank Scopelliti, as well as her brother, Gerald Arpin and her four children and their spouses: Ellen Palubeckis (husband Dan), Angela Starr (husband Kevin), Brian Scopelliti (wife Jennifer) and Richard Scopelliti (wife Stephanie). She leaves behind seven grandchildren: Kaden, Lily, Olivia, Brooke, Jack, Clara and Audrey, whom she loved so much. She was predeceased in death by her brother, Richard Arpin.
She was a graduate of St. Bernard’s High School, class of ’61 and besides being a wonderful mother and grandmother, Sandie enjoyed being outside in her neighborhood, planting and tending to the flowers in the yard and going for walks, connecting with friends and neighbors and sharing stories of her grandchildren. She was deeply involved in her church at Holy Family in Leominster and would frequently volunteer her time and spirit in helping others.
Saturday afternoon lunches at Sandie’s house were a mainstay for the family for most of her life, where the family grew larger with the birth of each grandchild and closer with the newest stories of their accomplishments and hijinks. Although she loved her children unconditionally, she was never one to shy away from a disappointed leer and snap-tongued “watch it” if they ever took the Lord’s name in vain or tried to start trouble at the table. Summer vacations in Maine were a must for Sandie, who loved the beach and going to Dairy Queen for an ice cream with her husband, like a couple of teenagers, sneaking away without the kids seeing. She was never without a big sunhat and a bucket for the grandkids or a willing participant in a walk to the water or the jetty rocks. Always an avid reader, never far from a grisly murder mystery novel or a book of inspirational prayers from Saint Theresa, she dove in head first to the words and stories and was never shy to share her top picks. A large sombrero Christmas grab gift selected in 2017 which was wider than Sandie was tall will always be a cherished memory of the family when she donned said sombrero and gave a quick laugh and electric smile. The sombrero exchange gift remained and will remain a time-honored tradition in the family and each year is the most sought after of presents. She made the sombrero feel special.
Her quiet strength, deep spirituality and glowing smile provided her family with the support, love and memories that her family will be forever grateful for.
Her charisma knew no bounds and she was loved by all who knew her. With a laugh that would light up a room, she would always make you feel like the most important person when you were with her.
She will be missed, but never forgotten by all those she touched in her life.
The family would like to extend its sincerest thanks to the many friends and neighbors who lent their support through these difficult times and the professionals who made Sandie’s last days so comfortable, UMass Memorial Health Alliance, Clinton Hospital Home Health and Hospice and especially her hospice
nurse Gina and home health aide Arlene.
Sandra`s funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from the Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West St. Leominster, with a funeral mass at 11:30 am in Holy Family of the Nazareth Church, 750 Union St. Leominster. Burial will be at a later date in St. Leos Cemetery. Calling hours in the funeral home will precede the funeral from 9-11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sandie’s name to Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union Street, Leominster Ma. 01453.