Sandra "Sandy" Joyce (Krueger) Hovde, age 64 of Perham, MN passed away peacefully with family surrounding her on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 12th from 4:00-8:00 PM with a service of remembrance at 7:00 PM at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will resume on Saturday, December 13th beginning at 10:00 AM followed by the memorial service at 11:00 AM at Calvary Lutheran Church with Pastor Phil Holtan officiating. Burial will be held in the spring at the Amor Cemetery.
Sandy was born on August 14th, 1950 to Leland "Bubs" and Joyce (Baumgartner) Krueger in Sisseton, SD. She was the oldest of 5 children. She spent her childhood in Jamestown and graduated from Jamestown High School in 1968.
In 1971 she married James Edward Kokott, Jr. of Jamestown. They lived in Virginia Beach, VA for a number of years where their daughter Erica was born.
In 1981 Sandy met Marlin Dennis Hovde of Amor, MN. They married on July 24th, 1982 at Zion Lutheran Church in Amor, MN. They went on to celebrate 32 wonderful years together. They were both so blessed to have met the love of their life and the love and the care that they gave to each other was so very evident. The marriage of Marlin and Sandy brought Michelle, Mike and Tim into her life as step-children and she had more than enough love to give to all.
Sandy had a very deep faith. She and Marlin joined Calvary Lutheran Church after moving to Perham, MN in 1987. She was active in the church, baking cookies for bazaars, attending all of the special events and services and really loved and appreciated the music. She took on the job of helping to count the money at the church after her retirement. This was the only work she picked up after her retirement.
Sandy lived life to the fullest. She had great passion for all of her grandchildren and being around them brought her much joy. She was never afraid to just enjoy life when they were around. Laughing, singing and playing – it was just what she did. She had so much love to share and she kept none of it inside. Gage, Logan, Brody and Mason really had something special in being able to call her their "Grandma Sandy".
The major part of Sandy's work life was at Barrel O' Fun where she was employed for 29 years. This was more than just a job to her. The amount of energy and enthusiasm that she showed in a workday was a great example to all around her, and the friendships that she found at Barrel were truly a blessing to her. She worked with a smile in her heart and that made working her hardest that much easier.
Sandy enjoyed many hobbies. Camping, fishing, cooking and baking being just a few of them. Relaxing at Rush Lake at the end of a long week was perfection to her. The friendships and the laughter she found there with family and friends over the years brought her great joy! As for fishing, she might not have caught the biggest fish in the lake or even any fish at all, but just being out there in the boat trying were some of her favorite times. She always had a fish tale to share. Cooking and baking were her way of sharing her love with all. Everything was made with love and you could taste it.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Erv Kautzman; her sister-in-law, Deb Krueger; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Sandy is survived by her husband, Marlin Hovde (Perham, MN); her daughter Erica Thalmann (Plymouth, MN); her step-daughter, Michelle (Greg) Kolrud (West Fargo, ND); her step-sons: Mike Hovde (Perham, MN) and Tim Hovde (St. Cloud, MN); her grandson, Gage Thalmann (St. Michael, MN); her step-grandsons: Logan Matzke (Fargo, ND), Brody Matzke (West Fargo, ND), and Mason Hovde (Perham, MN); her sister, Deb (Ron) Dwelle (Jamestown, ND); her brothers: Rick Krueger (Gillette, WY), Dale (Cheryl) Krueger (Hope, ND), and Jim Krueger (Jamestown, ND); her aunts: Elaine (Norman) Haedtke (Minnetonka, MN), Donna Ziegler (Perham, MN) and Jeanne (Eldon) Eckert (Cushing, MN); and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.
Sandy was a very bright light shining in the world and she will be missed!!