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Sandra Layne (Overend) Olsonawski

May 27, 1946 ~ October 17, 2022 (age 76)

Obituary

Sandra Layne (Overend) Olsonawski 76, of Federal Way, Washington, passed away peacefully on the morning of October 17, 2022.  Sandy was born May 27, 1946, in Hallock, Minnesota to Robert and Danna (Mueller) Overend. Sandy grew up there with her brother Pat and sisters Terry and Peggy.  After graduation from Hallock High School in 1964, she went to Moorhead College for nursing. While working at Kittson County Memorial Hospital, she met Richard A. Olsonawski and married July 22, 1967. Their  children are Stephanie and Troy. Sandy and Richard both worked for Motor Coach Industries until they moved to Washington in 1981. Sandy then had a few odd jobs until she went to work for Boeing until her retirement at 65. She spent her entire career in the wiring/electrical departments and as a quality control inspector. She always took her career seriously, but her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her biggest passions! She loved watching her grandchildren play sports, especially the Laurel Dodgers. Mom and Dad continued to watch Mariner baseball all the time. Her other big passion was watching Troy drag race his 1966 Malibu station wagon. She has been a cheerleader for not only family but anyone that just needed an ear or support somehow. Everyone was welcome to get fed food, love, and hugs! Sandy has spent the last several winters in Arizona with Richard playing dominos, attending some dedicated events, family functions and breakfasts. She is survived by her husband Richard of 55 years, daughter Stephanie (Dave Cortese) Olsonawski, Laurel, MT; son Troy (Tara Finke) Olsonawski, Federal Way, WA, sisters Terry (David) Lambert, Lake Stevens WA, Peggy Layne, St Cloud MN, 2 grandchildren Garrett and Kenneth and 4 great grandchildren, Garrett, Kao, Shayla, and Zaylen. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Pat. The family would love to extend our most grateful appreciation of taking care of our beloved Sandy; St Vincent emergency department, cardiac team, oncology unit, our amazing Laurel EMT’s and mostly for Riverstone Hospice. Thank you everyone who helped support US too...you ARE loved! If I forgot anyone I apologize. A memorial service is being planned for summer 2023 in Hallock, MN date to be determined later.


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