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Sandra Gaertner, age 45, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, July 20, 2012, at her home on Murphy Ridge in Strunk, Kentucky.

Memorial services will be held Monday, July 23, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home.

Sandy was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 29, 1967, the daughter of John and Virginia (Jonas) Olesinski. Mr. and Mrs. Olesinski live in Lindenhurst, Illinois. Sandy was the wife of Garrett Gaertner of Strunk. They were married November 29, 1992 in Chicago and had dated since age 16. Their children are Garrett, Gregory Gunner and Caitlyn Gaertner. They had an infant daughter Sarah that is deceased.

Sisters and brother are Cathy Brown and her husband Richard of Antioch, Illinois and Jennifer Olesinski and Johnny Olesinski both of Lindenhurst, Illinois. Her mother-in-law is Doris Gaertner of Strunk and father-in-law Larry Gaertner. She leaves behind many dear friends, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Sandy was a homemaker who loved and cherished her family dearly. She enjoyed entertaining and without invitation, every Sunday everyone was invited to her home for a cookout. She took pleasure in both flower and vegetable gardening. She leaves behind many cherished memories for her loved ones.

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Sandy, I am so sorry I just found out that you were sick and passed away. We just got back in touch and you never mentioned you were even sick. We have known each other and been friends since we were little kids at Prussing Elementary. We hung out in Garrett's basement for years. I have such fond memories of all of all of us as friends during school and hanging out after school. You are in my thoughts, in my heart, and in my prayers. I will pray for strength, love and understanding for Garrett and your children. Please be at peace and know that everyone will be there in your families time of need. I regret we did not get to catch up more in each others lives. That I will have to make peace with. So I will say goodbye, till we meet again. In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit. Amen. God Bless You and Your Family. Sincerely, Renee Uczciwek Miller


Our heartfelt condolences on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Susie and Sherry Bekas (cousins)

Susie Bekas Jul 29 2012 12:00 AM

Uncle Garrett, We are so sorry for you loss and are thinking of you and the kids every day. Our hearts go out to you during this most difficult time. I'm very lucky to have been able to meet Aunt Sandy and will always treasure that. Love you all.

Jen and Adali Mendoza Jul 28 2012 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to the family. Losing a dear loved one can leave a very empty space in one’s life. Please find strength, hope, and comfort in the God of Comfort. (2Cor.1:3,4)

T. Kelly Jul 25 2012 12:00 AM

"The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God". ~Eileen Elias Freeman Please accept our sincerist condolences. Love, Bob & Eileen Redwanc

Bob Redwanc Jul 23 2012 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Sue Sciara Jul 23 2012 12:00 AM