TORRINGTON – Memorial services with a celebration of new life for Barbara (Sandi) Woodruff, 65, will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Rafferty officiating. Burial will follow at the Valley View Cemetery.
Sandi was called to Heaven on Dec. 25, 2018, and cremation has taken place. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church. Colyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com
Sandi was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Mike Gunn and Lorraine Behrends. She was the oldest of 10 half-brothers, Larry, Lester, Alvin, Paul Allan (passed away at six months), Tim, Harold Syrovatka; and John, Norman, Joe, and Mike, Jr Gunn.
Sandi met the love of her life, Bernie Woodruff, on Oct. 27, 1968. The couple married on May 29, 1970, and made their home in Torrington. Sandi was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed life by giving joy to others, laughing with others, and love of her family.
Sandi’s nature as a caregiver was displayed in career choices – home daycare, Senior Center employee, Diversified Services Incorporated, and most recently, Torrington Learning Center. Sandi also did volunteer work with Cub Scouts and the Army National Guard as the first Family Support Group coordinator, receiving outstanding recognition and many awards.
Sandi is survived by her husband, Bernie; daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Mecham of Roseburg, Ore.; son, Matthew Woodruff of Torrington and his sons, Hunter and Terrell (his son Landan) Woodruff; son Nathan (Nancy) Woodruff and their children, Savanna, Scotty, Tannya and Jonathan all of Torrington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Tanya Kay at 2-1/2-years old, and a sister-in-law, Karen.