Sandra M. Reese, 73, Ephrata born, nurse, partner at architectural firm, equestrienne

By on January 28, 2015

Sandra M. Reese, 73, of Lancaster, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, peacefully surrounded by her family at her home.

Sandy was born in Ephrata, the daughter of the late Howard W. and Anna Mae Weinhold Minnich. She is survived by her husband James D. Reese, to whom she was married for 51 years.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley College and graduated as class president of the nursing school at The Lancaster General Hospital. Sandy worked as a nurse for the Manheim Township School District, The Lancaster General Hospital, Centre County Hospital, and Penn State Rittenour Campus Health Center. In the mid-1970s she joined the Lancaster County-based architectural firm of Reese, Lower, Patrick, and Scott as its administrative manager and later became that firm’s first female partner.

Sandy was an active community volunteer and leader, serving as past president of the board of Samaritan Center and served on the National Samaritan Institute Board in Colorado. She was the first person to serve in this capacity living east of the Mississippi. She was a board member of the Lancaster Day Care Center. She was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and a vice moderator of the Donegal Presbyterian Church.

A devoted mother to her family, she enjoyed sharing some of her passions and advice with each family member. Her number one interest was riding her horse, Sara, with her husband Jim and his horse, Shoney, in the Grand Tetons. In addition, she enjoyed knitting, writing, photography, and had a passion for folk art and American antiques.

Surviving are Sandy’s son: John D. Reese of State College; and two daughters: Kathryn Reese, wife of Kurt Williams of Etters; and Amy Reese, wife of Daniel Ramirez of Denver, Colo.; a sister: Suzanne Minnich of Dushore; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 7 at Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. James Hanna officiating. A time of fellowship will be held Feb. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Groffs Family Funeral Home, 528 W. Orange St.

Kindly omit flowers; contributions in Sandy’s memory may be made to The Samaritan Center, 1803 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Online condolences may be posted at The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.


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