Obituary: Sandy Crowe

She was very involved in Berlin UpBeat

CROWE, Sandy

Sandy Elizabeth Crowe (Grabchuk), 55, of Kensington, CT, passed away on Saturday, (July 23, 2011), surrounded by her family. Sandy was born and raised in Avon, CT, and graduated from Avon High School and Post College. She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Grabchuk of Avon, CT. She was the beloved wife of Richard F. Crowe (35 years) of Kensington, CT. Sandy was a devoted and loving mother of Michelle and Brendan Bartley of Somerville, MA; Jennifer M. Crowe of West River, MD, and Michael T. Crowe of Kensington, CT, and grandmother of Zander M. Bartley of Somerville, MA. She also leaves her sister Teresa "Tisa" Knight of Jacksonville, FL, with whom she shared a special bond and her sister Gemma Garland. Sandy also leaves behind her loving mother-in-law Dorothy M. Crowe of Unionville, CT, as well as many devoted relatives. She also leaves behind her Best Friend and shopping buddy, Alice Mitchell, with whom she shared countless "Memory Days." She was an active member of the Berlin Community. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, serving on the Parish Council as well as being a Eucharistic Minister. Sandy shared a special bond with Father Ed. As a long time member of the Berlin UpBeat Program, she served on the UpBeat Community team and the UpBeat Core Team. She was the UpBeat Director of the volunteers at the Hospital for Special Care. "Ma" Crowe's involvement with the UpBeat Peer Leadership Program impacted the lives of thousands of Berlin Youth. Sandy was the recipient of the Berlin UpBeat Peronace Volunteer Award and the "2010 Celebrate Berlin! Award" presented by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. As a cancer survivor, she was involved with a documentary on Stem Cell Transplant by Harvard Medical and Dana Farber. Please take a moment to view her story at www.hsci.harvard.edu/finding-cure-leukemia-stem-cell-story. The Crowe family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Corey Cutler and his Stem Cell team at Dana Farber, as well as all of the doctors and staff at Hartford Hospital. The Berlin Community and most especially the youth of the community have lost a shining star in their beloved "Ma Crowe."
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 26) from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (July 27) at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Berlin UpBeat Program c/o Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin CT, 06037.


Athina Loveland July 25, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Michelle, Jen and Michael, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We all spent countless weekends together playing soccer growing up and your mother was such a great cheerleader and supporter. She will be greatly missed as a positive influence in the community. Much love and our thoughts are with you during this time. - Athina Panagopoulos Loveland and the Panagopoulos Family
Christine Sliney July 26, 2011 at 03:10 PM
My sincere sympathy to Michael and the Crowe family and friends! I knew Sandy from the time Michael was in my third grade class. She was a special lady then and from seeing the "Stem Cell Story" a very special person throughout her life. Sincerely, Christine Sliney


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