Sandy Sievers was a quiet, kind woman who always put her family as her first priority, said her niece, Dena Rae Hancock.
“Her family was her greatest hobby,” she said. “She loved us and our husbands, and she truly was like a second mom to us.”
Sandra Kay “Sandy” Sievers, 70, of Valparaiso, died March 21. She was a graduate of Valparaiso High School.
Sievers was admired for her straight-shooting, no-nonsense ways. She would keep her opinions to herself unless someone asked for them, her niece said.
“If you asked for her opinion, you had to be prepared for her honest feedback,” she said. “That’s something everyone admired about her.”
She was an avid sports fan, and especially loved the Chicago Bears and Indiana University basketball and football.
“You could always call her and she would know what channel IU was on, or where you could go to watch the game,” she said.
Hancock said she has fond memories of her aunt walking her from her grandparents’ house to Dairy Queen, or as a teenager picking her up and taking her to the Dunes during the summer.
She was equally involved in the lives of her great-nieces and nephews, making sure to attend their parties and their school events.
“She was a wonderful great-aunt,” she said. “You would always know she would be there.”
Hancock said her aunt was admired for being a good listener and a reliable, honest friend.
“If you needed her, she was there,” she said. “Even if you just needed someone to sit and be with you. She always would do the right thing, because it was the right thing to do.”