Sandra Fliris was a hard-working single mother who did whatever it took to support her family, said her daughter, Jamie Warosh.
“For most of my life, she was a single mom. She was a strong-willed woman who took care of herself and all five kids,” she said. “She never got help from anyone, and she left a huge legacy behind.”
Sandra Kaye Fliris, 74, of Hammond, died Sept. 28. She was a security/emergency dispatcher at LTV/ArcelorMittal, Indiana Harbor West for 36 years. She was a member of Local 1011 East Chicago.
She loved her job, and would often work double or triple shifts to help out if needed, her daughter said.
“She gave her life, her heart and soul to the steel mill,” she said.
Fliris was willing to help anyone in need, and always supported United Way and other charities.
She was always willing to forgive or overlook flaws, and was the glue that kept the large family together.
“She was an indestructible woman,” Warosh said. “She loved everyone, and kept us all together.”
In a Facebook page created after her death, people posted about what an amazing woman she was and how she had impacted their lives.
She enjoyed vacations, either to visit family in Wisconsin or to go gamble in Las Vegas.
Even after suffering a series of strokes over the last few years, Warosh said her mother was determined to do things her way, and on her own terms.
“She was always determined to do the things that she wanted to do,” she said. “She did things her way, even until the end.”